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Grading the Patriots on the regular season

Some faces and names were unfamiliar. The stats weren’t quite as pretty. And the execution wasn’t nearly as crisp.

Yet despite all of the injuries and all of the turnover in personnel on offense, the results were exactly the same as last year: A 12-4 record and the No. 2 seed in the AFC playoffs for the Patriots.

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