Patriots pack up earlier than expected

Updated: January 18, 2011, 11:34 AM ET
By Steven Krasner | Special to ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The box of plastic garbage bags was on a table in the middle of the New England Patriots' locker room on Monday.

One by one, members of the Patriots walked up to the table and grabbed a bag or two before heading to their respective lockers to conduct the season-ending cleanup.

You can insert your own metaphor here, tying in the garbage bags with the fact the Patriots, the top-seeded team in the AFC, were unceremoniously bounced by the trash-talking New ...

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