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Defensive wrinkle helps Pats beat Bills

Updated: December 21, 2009, 9:42 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- It might be looked at by some as a stroke of brilliant coaching, but Bill Belichick admitted that the defensive curveball the Patriots threw at the Bills Sunday was more a result of circumstances.

The Patriots didn't have enough defensive linemen, their ranks depleted with Vince Wilfork, Ty Warren and Myron Pryor sidelined with injuries. So they put together a sub package that included only defensive backs and linebackers, and stood the linebackers up at the line of ...

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