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No celebrating just yet

Can banged-up offense, shuffled D carry AFC East champs to promised land?

Updated: December 4, 2012, 11:29 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

We've reached a most exciting time on the New England Patriots' 2012 schedule. Back-to-back home games against the Houston Texans and San Francisco 49ers, both in prime time, will have the NFL's spotlight shining brightly on the team.

The scene and overall mood in the locker room following the Patriots' AFC East-clinching victory over the Miami Dolphins was notable. There was no champagne. There was no over-the-top celebration. Some players donned their AFC East championship hats ...

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