Advanced stats show how much Patriots' pass defense has improved

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Throughout every season in any sport, teams experience ups and downs.

We all know that story when it comes to the New England Patriots’ defense over the last few years. However, recent stats have shown that the team’s pass defense has been on an upward trend since this season’s bye week in Week 12.

Over the last seven games, the Patriots’ pass defense is second in completion percentage and first in the tight window percentage, average separation and pressure rate categories.

This is good news heading into the AFC Championship against Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs. After frustrating Los Angeles Chargers’ quarterback Philip Rivers throughout last week’s game with two sacks and an interception, New England will have to bring that same pressure if they hope to get the win and move onto the Super Bowl.

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