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Monday, December 7, 2009
Patriot Nation flag flying upside down


To put it bluntly, the New England Patriots don't play like champions anymore.

ESPN's team of the decade, coach of the decade and player of the decade apparently won't sprint through the finish line because based on their past four games, they just don't have it anymore.

Here is what ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss wrote after watching the Patriots lose 22-21 to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday in Land Shark Stadium.

When the Patriots have a chance to bury the opposition, they can't call on a killer instinct, and when they take an opponent's best shot they don't consistently respond in kind. Once tough as nails and counted on to respond favorably in critical situations, the Patriots now crumble.

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