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On Football

Outlasting Panthers was what mattered for Patriots

Wild game will be remembered only for New England’s win

HOUSTON - The New England Patriots got the kind of game they wanted and barely survived it, but on a night like last night, survival is all that matters.

How you win means nothing on Super Bowl Sunday. All that matters is that you win, which is exactly what the Patriots did on an evening when their defense was shredded in a most unexpected fashion by a most unexpected assailant.

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