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Patriots defense has no answers for big plays

Football may be the ultimate team sport. It certainly helps to have a great quarterback, but even he cannot succeed on his own. The offensive line has to lend protection, the receiver has to catch the ball, the defense has to keep the other team out of the end zone, and special teams can help both the offense and defense.

To look at the number of big passing plays the Patriots have given up to this point and pin them solely on the maligned secondary isn’t fair.

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