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Defense faces stiff test

Updated: November 28, 2009, 8:31 AM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Monday's visit to New Orleans presents the biggest challenge of the year for the Patriots' defense. It also provides the best opportunity for redemption.

Two weeks ago in Indianapolis, the Patriots' brazen and much-ballyhooed attempt at a fourth-and-2 conversion late in the fourth quarter of a 35-34 loss to the Colts was perceived by some as a lack of faith in the team's defense.

Stepping back into the national spotlight against the league-leading and potentially ...

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