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Patriots’ deferral paid off in Super Bowl

INDIANAPOLIS - The Patriots have elected to defer when they win the coin toss, dating to a couple of seasons ago.

The Patriots have had great success by deferring and pulling off back-to-back possessions. Although they sacrifice having the ball from the opening snap, the Patriots usually get the ball to close out the first half and then have it again to start the second.

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