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Matthew Slater is Patriots’ godfather of special teams

FOXBOROUGH — If there is one game, one moment, which Matthew Slater can point to as the one that changed the course of his career, it came Nov. 30, 2008, in the third quarter of a game against Pittsburgh.

The Steelers had just scored a field goal to take a 13-10 lead when the Patriots rookie fielded the kickoff from Jeff Reed. He fumbled it, and Pittsburgh recovered the ball at the Patriots’ 8.

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