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On the outside looking in

The Patriots, Dolphins, Bucs and Ravens could join the ranks of the best NFL teams to miss the playoffs. Story

Updated: December 22, 2008, 4:28 PM ET
By Jim Baker | Special to Page 2

As compelling as the Patriots' 2008 season has been, they could go down in history not as the plucky team that fought back from the loss of its star quarterback in the first game of the season, but as the nonplayoff team with the best record of the modern era. If the Ravens, Dolphins and Patriots all win Sunday, all would finish the season with an 11-5 record, and the Pats would be the odd team out because the Dolphins would win the division and the Ravens would get the second wild-card spot by ...

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