Can Patriots take the heat?

After rout by Lions, Tom Brady & Co. need to show they can handle defensive pressure

Updated: August 28, 2011, 8:22 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

DETROIT -- The New England Patriots' performance Saturday night was like a flashback to some of their most painful losses in recent memory, the only difference that it was of the preseason variety.

Take your pick.

It had shades of Super Bowl XLII, when the New York Giants overwhelmed the offensive line with relentless pressure. One could see a bit of last year's playoff loss to the New York Jets, as well as the 2009 playoff setback to the Baltimore Ravens. Ditto for the 2011 ...

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