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Don't give up on Patriots

All is not lost after disappointing defeat against San Francisco

Updated: December 17, 2012, 11:57 PM ET
By Field Yates | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- It hurt. It stung. It could be seen in their eyes, heard in their voices; the disappointment of defeat.

Yes, the New England Patriots let an opportunity get away against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night. An eight-game winning streak, control of a top-two seed and first-round bye in the AFC playoffs and momentum from an unlikely 28-point comeback all slipped away as the clock struck zero.

Tough to swallow? Yes.

Reason to panic? Not ...

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