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Patriots Notebook

Patriots are looking to limit late-half scores

There were the three long kickoff returns by Houston’s Danieal Manning, and injuries to Rob Gronkowski and two other starters. Other than that, there wasn’t a whole lot for the Patriots to dislike about Sunday’s playoff win over the Texans.

The Texans, though, did put together scoring drives near the end of both the first half (10 points in the final 1:15) and second half (15 fourth-quarter points), so finishing strongly will be a point of emphasis for the Patriots this week.

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