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Pats take lumps of coal and deliver gold

New England's alchemy -- and comeback vs. Fins -- is forged on steel-minded resiliency

Updated: December 25, 2011, 7:33 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Where it all leads, who knows? But what can be definitively stated about the players and coaches who comprise the 2011 New England Patriots is this: They have some big footballs.

The latest evidence came in Saturday's 27-24 come-from-behind win over the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium.

Things couldn't have looked much worse in the first half; it was almost like reliving a few recent playoff nightmares all over again, the high-powered offense knocked off course ...

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