Patriots' offense shows it can grind out an AFC title

Everyone is awed by the Patriots' passing game, but it was the running game that proved to be the difference in the AFC title game, writes Len Pasquarelli.

Originally Published: January 20, 2008
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- To live up to the loftiest expectations, it is sometimes necessary to lower the bar a bit, to grudgingly accept the reality that less can often be more.

So with the league's highest rated and most explosive offense sputtering into the early stages of the second half of the AFC Championship Game on Sunday afternoon, and with Tom Brady exhibiting uncharacteristic carelessness in the passing game, the New England Patriots' coaching staff consciously abandoned its ...

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