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Seahawks’ secondary a big challenge for Patriots

FOXBOROUGH — A week ago, Bill Belichick lauded Champ Bailey, Denver’s 11-time Pro Bowl cornerback, as being in a class by himself. Although the Patriots coach did not suggest there was anyone in Seattle who approached Bailey’s stature, he is nonetheless impressed by the physical skill set of the Seahawks’ bigger-than-average secondary.

“They’ve got really big corners, unusual,’’ said Belichick, referring to Brandon Browner, a 6-foot-4-inch, 221-pounder, and Richard Sherman, a 6-3, 195-pounder. “[Kam] Chancellor [6-3, 232] is a big safety, too, so they’re a big, physical team.’’

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