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No playing it safe for Belichick

Patriots' core unit sees plenty of action in preseason finale

Updated: September 2, 2011, 3:04 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Many NFL teams play it conservatively in the fourth and final preseason game, adopting the if-we-get-out-healthy-it's-a-success approach.

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick has done it before, but not this year. Some of the most interesting numbers from the Patriots' 18-17 loss to the New York Giants in the preseason finale were snaps played, which include penalties.

A quick sampling: Quarterback Tom Brady -- 18 Left guard Logan Mankins --- 18 Tight ...

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