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Christopher L. Gasper

Patriots tough enough to make it back to Super Bowl

The goal is to go back to where a legend was born, a dream was realized, and pro football’s deadpan dynasty was christened on Feb. 3, 2002 — New Orleans.

As fate and the NFL schedule would have it, Super Bowl XLVII will be played 11 years to the day in the same city where coach Bill Belichick and his Patriots won the first of their three Super Bowls, staging one of the greatest upsets in NFL history with a 20-17 victory over the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI.

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