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Short passes and running game finally work

The Patriots' combination of screen- or hitch-passes along with a solid rushing attack got the defending Super Bowl champions out of their doldrums.

Updated: November 5, 2002, 6:08 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- On the third play of the Patriots' 38-7 rout of the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, facing a third-and-10 at his own 32-yard line, New England quarterback Tom Brady tossed a swing into the right flat to Kevin Faulk and the "nickel" tailback ran 19 yards for a first down.

So wide open was Faulk on a play where the Bills blitzed from the opposite side that, if Patriots offensive coordinator Charlie Weis hadn't already been plotting a steady diet of swing passes, screen passes ...

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