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Patriots eye two-for-one deal

Win over Jaguars could bring pair of benefits: the AFC East title and a week to mend

Updated: December 24, 2009, 8:05 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- There was a different vibe at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday.

The New England Patriots are preparing for a "hat and T-shirt" game, which is what linebacker Tedy Bruschi used to call any contest in which the team was playing for a championship, and those following the team over the past decade know what that usually means.

At times like this, the locker room is quiet, foot traffic is sparse, and the veterans step to the fore. Bill Belichick can also shift into ...

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