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Steve Sabol captured Patriots for posterity

Last weekend marked the 31st straight time Bill Belichick and the Patriots deferred after winning the opening coin toss, putting their defense in charge first. Based on the results of their opponents’ opening drive, and the success of the Patriots offense on its first possession, the strategy has paid off. The Patriots have outscored their opponent 14 times while getting outscored only five times. -- Compiled by Sean Smith

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