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Patriots' D shaping up just in time

Updated: January 2, 2013, 9:49 PM ET
By Field Yates | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- There was a time when some were asking whether the Patriots could win when it mattered most in spite of their defense.

After they allowed the second-most passing yards in NFL history in 2011, holes appeared to exist in the secondary leading into 2012, and neither of the team's double-digit sack producers from 2011 returned in the offseason.

Cautious optimism sprouted after a strong couple of weeks to open the 2012 regular season, but a Week 3 loss to Baltimore ...

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