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This loss could pay off for Patriots

FOXBOROUGH — You didn’t think it was going to be that easy, did you?

That the Patriots were just going to keep beating their opponents like a drum, the young defense was just going to keep getting better and roll to a long-awaited (around here) fourth Super Bowl title to put a bowtie on the greatness of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady?

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