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Patriots' defense contains Peyton

New England needed team effort to hold down still-dangerous Broncos QB

Updated: October 8, 2012, 1:30 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick wasn't taking the bait.

His team had just defeated the visiting Denver Broncos on Sunday with a balanced offensive effort that featured scoring drives of 12, 14, 16 and 16 plays, the Patriots dominating the time of possession 35:49 to 24:11. With this in mind, Belichick was asked if the best defense against a potent quarterback, such as Peyton Manning, was to play that type of keep-away game.

It seemed like ...

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