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Film room: What went wrong for Patriots linebacker Matthew Judon down the stretch in 2021

The Pro Bowler suffered a steep statistical decline after New England’s Week 14 bye.

Matthew Judon was a revelation for the New England Patriots in 2021. Joining the team on a four-year, $54.5 million contract in free agency, he delivered arguably the best season of his career and was a core member of one of the league’s top defenses.

Appearing in all 18 of the Patriots’ games and taking the field for 900 of a possible 1,135 defensive snaps (79.3%), Judon led the team in virtually every pass rushing category. He notched 12.5 sacks — seventh in the NFL — as well as 14.