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News Blitz 12/22: Avoiding a letdown

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The 2015 Patriots dropped their final two games of the season against the Jets and Dolphins and ultimately wound up as the No. 2 seed in the AFC instead of taking the top spot. The 2016 Patriots – coincidentally set to take on the Jets and Dolphins in the final two games – remember last year well. has the Patriots determined not to suffer a repeat down the stretch.

Tom Brady made a reappearance on the injury report on Wednesday with a thigh injury but a source tells that it is not serious.

The Boston Globe takes a look at the list of potential wild card teams and wonders if any could pose a possible threat to the Patriots in the divisional round. Forget about wild card teams, another *Globe* piece wonders which team the Patriots will face in the Super Bowl.

The Providence Journal says Devin McCourty credits his teammates for his Pro Bowl selection. Bill Belichick explained that the team was aware of Michael Floyd's situation when the Patriots claimed the receiver last week. looks at the high number of carries for Patriots 30-year-old running backs. Speaking of running backs, Blount was among the Patriots who was asked about not being selected to the Pro Bowl.

The New York Post is looking for some young players to fill the glaring leadership void on the team.

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