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Patriots’ young defenders really took charge

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The conversation after the Patriots’ 30-27 overtime loss to the Jets on Sunday focused on the esoteric rule change that wiped out a missed field goal and put Nick Folk 15 yards closer to his winning kick.

But lost in the shuffle was the fact that the Patriots’ young defensive line, playing without tackles Vince Wilfork and Tommy Kelly, had a solid effort against the Jets’ physical offensive line.

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