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Piecing together Patriots' losses

Physicality, problems in clutch, spotty defense common threads in recent failures

Updated: January 22, 2013, 9:03 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The answer might simply be that it's hard to win a Super Bowl championship in the NFL, and perspective in New England is skewed after the Patriots made it look easy in capturing three titles over four seasons from 2001 to 2004. A lot of NFL teams would like that track record.

Or maybe it's something else.

In the aftermath of the Patriots' disappointing loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Sunday's AFC Championship Game, seemingly everyone is attempting ...

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