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Foes must overcome 'mystique of Belichick'

Coach Bill Belichick is the main reason why the Patriots are considered by many as Super Bowl favorites.

Originally Published: January 2, 2005
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The man in the hood is back in his 'hood, the playoffs, and for New England coach Bill Belichick, the early expectations in many quarters are that he and his Patriots will be atop the NFL throne again in five weeks.

We don't disagree.

Three titles in four seasons, a feat only accomplished once in the Super Bowl era (Dallas in 1992-93, '95), probably would elicit the "D" word. Even with the Patriots only the No. 2 in the AFC, behind the Pittsburgh Steelers, many pundits ...

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