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Patriots always ready with contingency plan

FOXBOROUGH — Success in the NFL — in all sports, really — is partly tied to how well teams can hit the curveball, because unexpected twists are always just a play or a player away.

The Patriots have been thrown enough curveballs this season to make Sandy Koufax take note. But with a 13-4 record and a spot in Denver opposite the Broncos in Sunday’s AFC Championship game, they’ve responded in a way that would lead even David Ortiz to tip his cap. Or, being Ortiz, he’d point to the sky.

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