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Things to watch: Patriots-Bills

Updated: December 31, 2011, 11:37 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Key areas for the New England Patriots in their regular-season finale against the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium:

1. Keep Tom Brady clean. It goes without saying, but Brady is the Patriots' primary ticket to their championship hopes. He's taken some big hits in recent weeks and will be playing with a sore left non-throwing shoulder, so they must keep him out of harm's way.

2. Avoid the turnover trap. In the Sept. 25 meeting between the teams, Brady threw ...

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