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Defense takes share of the blame

Players deny Belichick's decision showed lack of confidence

Updated: November 16, 2009, 7:44 AM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- Asked if his decision to go for it on fourth-and-2 at his team's own 28-yard line while holding a six-point lead late in the fourth quarter showed a lack of faith in his defense, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick immediately shook his head and dismissed the question with a simple "No."

His defensive players said they believe it was a sign of confidence in the team as a whole -- not only the offense's ability to pick up that first down, but the defense's potential ...

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