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FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 20: Vince Wilfork #75 of the New England Patriots smiles during warm ups gainst the Cincinnati Bengals during their preseason game at Gillette Stadium on August 20, 2009 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Through the first two games of the season and even the first quarter of Sunday night's loss to the Ravens, the Patriots' defense had new life. Gone was the floppy secondary that couldn't be trusted on deep throws. Suddenly arrived was a legitimate pass rush. Fully present was a complete unit that could shut down opponents on runs and passes while stopping key drives. But the way the Patriots played defense in the last portion of Sunday's game -- especially in the final minutes, as no-huddle aficionado Joe Flacco pushed his team down the field -- looked far more similar...
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