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Same Peyton, new place

Patriots respect Broncos QB Manning, as always, so they're not thrilled to face him

Updated: October 2, 2012, 9:09 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Like most other football fans and those directly involved in the game, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick was interested in the 2012 Peyton Manning free-agent tour. It was rare to see a quarterback of Manning's caliber on the open market, and in the perfect Belichick world, Manning would have landed with a team not on the Patriots' schedule.

As it turned out, Manning's final three choices -- Titans, Cardinals and Broncos -- were all on New England's 2012 slate, ...

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