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Pats will have to fight to stay on top

A year after winning the Super Bowl, the question for the Patriots is can they stay on top?

Updated: August 30, 2002, 4:19 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

Maybe it's because of that little paragraph in the NFL Rulebook formerly known as the Tuck Rule. Or perhaps it's because the offense scored only three touchdowns in its three playoff games. Or maybe it's simply because they have a starting safety named Tebucky.

In any case, the New England Patriots have had an unusual championship offseason, fending off criticism from all quarters - particularly St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Oakland.

"Hey," says Patriots guard Joe Andruzzi, ...

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