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Patriots had angel looking out for them

At times it seemed divine intervention helped New England get second shot at Giants

Updated: January 23, 2012, 5:37 PM ET
By Jackie MacMullan | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- OK. That works.

"That's what I was thinking," New England Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo gushed. "It doesn't matter if the score was 99-98 or 2-0. As long as we got the win, that's all we care about."

On a night when their franchise player was shockingly ordinary, when their inexperienced secondary was alternately exposed then redeemed, when their seemingly indestructible tight end glumly limped to the locker room with a gruesome-looking foot ...

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