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Patriots' defense comes of age

Unit follows Vince Wilfork's lead, again comes together as season goes on

Updated: December 11, 2012, 10:13 AM ET
By Jackie MacMullan | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The big man, the mountainous nose tackle who actually tackled running back Arian Foster while he was being blocked at the line, professes not to hear the chatter.

Vince Wilfork waved off questions with his massive football paw about the hype surrounding the Houston Texans and their defense coming into the Monday night meeting with Wilfork's New England Patriots, the one that Texans receiver Andre Johnson proclaimed was the biggest in franchise history. ...

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