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Christopher L. Gasper

Tom Brady knows time is running out for Patriots

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The clock on Tom Brady’s career is ticking and that’s why he was clearly — and audibly — ticked off after the Patriots repeatedly hit the snooze button Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars, the NFL’s felines of futility.

The Patriots (11-4) flirted with the most ignominious loss of the Bill Belichick era before heading home with an unsightly and unsatisfying 23-16 victory at EverBank Field. New England entered as a 14½-point favorite, but inexplicably the game came down to the final play, a sign-of-the-cross heave into the end zone from the Patriots’ 12 by Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne. The ball was intercepted by Patrick Chung in the end zone.

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