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Faulk proves he can handle the load

RB Kevin Faulk did his best to shed the "backup" label, compiling 232 all-purpose yards and helping the Pats rally past Miami.

Updated: December 31, 2002, 4:14 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

FOXBORO, Mass. -- The New England Patriots won Super Bowl XXXVI a year ago by conjuring up a way to successfully defend Marshall Faulk in the championship game. They kept their 2002 playoff hopes alive here Sunday afternoon, albeit for only a few agonizingly tense hours, by unleashing their own tailback with the same recognizable last name.

For a 27-24 victory over the archrival Miami Dolphins, a win climaxed in overtime by Adam Vinatieri's 35-yard field goal a little over two minutes into ...

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