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Most compelling teams: 2007 Patriots

New England fell just short of perfection. Did they need to lose more?

Originally Published: June 28, 2013
By Seth Wickersham | ESPN.com

It's almost as if an asterisk exists: 18-1*. The 2007 Patriots were not only the most entertaining team of the 21st century, not only the most dominant, not only the luckiest and unluckiest, but also the most epically conflicted. They won with selfless class and with a bloodthirsty resolve for running up the score. They won with a historic offense and with an unappreciated defense, the opposite of how they had won Super Bowls. They won as a unified team, yet became a divisive force. They won without ...

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