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Loss hurts Patriots more than talk

Updated: January 17, 2011, 9:56 AM ET
By Steven Krasner | Special to ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots had a golden opportunity Sunday at Gillette Stadium.

Well, more than one, actually.

The main objective, of course, was to beat the New York Jets and advance to the AFC Championship Game, which would have been played at Gillette if the Patriots achieved that goal.

The second golden opportunity was the chance to shut up the trash-talking New York Jets. The boastful tone was set by shoot-from-the-lip coach Rex Ryan, who ...

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