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Simple solution for Patriots' defense

Less complicated game plan leads to improved results

Updated: December 14, 2009, 8:34 AM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The secret to the Patriots' success on defense Sunday? It was simple.

In the aftermath of a 20-10 triumph over the Carolina Panthers, New England's defensive players suggested that the coaching staff had essentially dumbed down the game plan this week, hoping to eliminate the communication problems that have plagued the unit in recent losses.

Sprinkle in the return of veterans Shawn Springs and James Sanders to the starting lineup, and add a healthy dose ...

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