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Patriots want this one badly

Besides clinching No. 1 seed and home-field advantage, revenge on Bills would be nice

Updated: January 1, 2012, 12:13 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Given the success of the New England Patriots in Bill Belichick's tenure as head coach, there haven't been too many season finales where the team was in a "got-to-have-it" scenario to make the playoffs.

So it's become the norm at this time of year, entering the final game, for players to get the same question from reporters: How much do you expect to play? The thinking is that with the Patriots ensured a playoff spot, perhaps some players will be held back to be at ...

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