Patriots under pressure to maintain

Loss to Saints on Monday night could affect New England's cushion in AFC East

Originally Published: November 25, 2009
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Two weeks ago, Bill Belichick came under intense scrutiny while trying to derail the Colts' potential unbeaten season.

The Patriots were battling Indianapolis for the chance to ultimately get home-field advantage in the AFC, and Belichick is always consumed with making sure Peyton Manning doesn't get the last possession. Belichick went for a fourth-and-2 deep in his own territory and was stopped by inches. The Colts got the ball back, won the game and pretty much locked up home-field advantage ...

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