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Patriots shouldn’t be fazed by Broncos defense

DENVER — This was the time for Denver’s defenders to pound their chests and let the world know that they have some ballhawks and playmakers on that side of the ball, too.

The Broncos had just wrapped up a 24-17 playoff win over the Chargers, avenging their Week 15 loss to their division rival, holding them to 259 total yards and exorcising the demons from their gut-wrenching playoff choke to the Ravens a year ago.

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