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Christopher L. Gasper

Patriots’ margin for error now razor thin

The scales of football justice tipped back to even for the Patriots on Sunday in Miami. The balance between truth and fairness restored at their expense.

The truth is the Patriots are a resilient, confident, AFC championship-capable team that wins close games because of situational execution and institutional winning. But play enough close games, and the officiating calls and good fortune tend to even out as cosmic fair play.

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