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Suddenly, Patriots have hope

Decisive win over Jaguars brightens team's prospects considerably

Updated: December 28, 2009, 12:45 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Patriots posted more than just a victory Sunday. They delivered something their followers had been searching for since a mid-November night in Indianapolis when fourth-and-2 took on a life of its own and the season turned turbulent.

Hope.

Sunday's resounding 35-7 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars isn't a cure-all and one big question -- can they win on the road against a top-caliber team? -- continues to hover over them.

Yet what unfolded at raucous ...

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