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Have Pats lost their magic?

Pattern of losing big games to more physical opponents hard to ignore

Updated: January 22, 2013, 1:30 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

As Bill Belichick said, the Patriots' 2012 season ended with a crash landing. It was an unexpected turn of events -- not so much because of the result, but more so in the way the Patriots played in the AFC Championship Game against the Ravens.

They didn't deserve to win, and now we naturally are asking "why?"

To see them struggle in the critical situations, mismanage the clock, drop as many passes as they did and not put up enough resistance on defense in the second half ...

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