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Bill Belichick salutes his team

In rare in-season acknowledgement, coach gives Patriots credit for mental toughness

Updated: November 28, 2011, 11:40 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

PHILADELPHIA -- Time will tell if the New England Patriots accomplish their ultimate goal and win a Super Bowl championship, but no more time is needed to come to this conclusion: Bill Belichick knows what type of team he has, and it has the elements that are most important to him.

This team is smart. This team is tough. It might not be the most talented, but when times are tough it's a group that gets more resilient.

Belichick knows those traits can take a team far.

"I ...

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