'Second season' not kind to Patriots

What once were uncharacteristic mistakes have become the norm in playoffs

Updated: January 19, 2011, 1:43 PM ET
By Jackie MacMullan | ESPNBoston.com

Call it the Curse of Asante.

Nothing has quite gone the Patriot Way since cornerback Asante Samuel let a game-sealing interception slip through his fingers in the final minutes of Super Bowl XLII. Within seconds, David Tyree hauled in his improbable helmet catch and the New York Giants pulled off a colossal upset. Samuel bolted to the Philadelphia Eagles as a free agent a month later.

Since that shocking Super Bowl loss in 2008, the New England ...

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