Patriots search to find silver linings

Updated: November 1, 2011, 1:16 AM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Silver linings for the New England Patriots following their often cringe-worthy performance in a 25-17 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday are not easy to find. But say this: New England displayed an encouraging amount of mental toughness both in finding a way to hang around until the final whistle, and in ignoring the noise about their dismal play afterward.

Start with the bottom line: The Patriots were sloppy in all three phases of the game, whether ...

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