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After a regular season focused on offense, does defense now carry the day?

Originally Published: January 19, 2012
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

In the divisional round of the NFL playoffs, the theme of the quarterback-driven league carried through, but the need for a more complete team won out.

The Saints were too one-dimensional with their passing offense, had too many turnovers and lost. The Broncos and Tim Tebow couldn't match up with Tom Brady and the Patriots. The Packers' inability to play consistent defense caught up with them. The Texans played great defense but didn't get enough out of an offense run by a rookie quarterback ...

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