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DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Tony Carter #32 of the Denver Broncos breaks up a pass intended for Matthew Slater #18 of the New England Patriots in the first quarter during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Patriots Team Grades: Super Bowl Hopes End With AFC Championship Loss To Broncos

The 2013 New England Patriots overachieved this season, but they couldn’t overcome a powerful Denver Broncos squad in the AFC Championship Game.

01/21/2014

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 29: Logan Mankins #70 of the New England Patriots leaves the field with an injury during a game with the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium on December 29, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Healthier Patriots Look Forward To Meeting Colts In AFC Playoffs

The New England Patriots still have some injury concerns, but a first-round playoff bye is allowing the team to do some healing.

01/06/2014

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 08: Tom Brady #12 celebrates with teammate Ryan Wendell #62 of the New England Patriots following a touchdown late in the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Browns during the game at Gillette Stadium on December 8, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Patriots Barely Beat Browns Thanks To Another Comeback

The Cleveland Browns outplayed the Patriots for 58 minutes on Sunday, but the final two minutes of the game were enough for New England to pull off yet another come-from-behind victory.

12/09/2013

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 18: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots reacts after he was sacked in the first half against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on November 18, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Red Zone Fumble, Questionable Play Calling Results In Patriots Loss To Panthers

In a game that was expected to be a defensive battle, the New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers both displayed very efficient offenses. Unfortunately for New England, Carolina’s offense was just a little more efficient.

11/19/2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - NOVEMBER 10: Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers gets sacked by Luke Kuechly #59 and Mario Addison #97 of the Carolina Panthers during the fourth quarter at Candlestick Park on November 10, 2013 in San Francisco, California. The Panthers won the game 10-9. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Tough Panthers Defense To Hassle Tom Brady Monday Night

No one thought the Carolina Panthers were a serious Super Bowl contender when they started the 2013 season losing three of their first four games, but thanks to a five-game winning streak, they are now one of the hottest teams in the league.

11/12/2013

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 03: Aaron Dobson #17 of the New England Patriots is congratulated by teammate Matthew Mulligan #88 after catching a pass for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Gillette Stadium on November 3, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Patriots On Track For High Playoff Seed

The New England Patriots are in a good position to earn the #2 seed in the AFC playoffs, and the return of several injured players will definitely improve their chances.

11/05/2013

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 27: Logan Ryan #26 of the New England Patriots sacks Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Miami Dolphins in the second half at Gillette Stadium on October 27, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

A Tale Of 2 Halves: Patriots Overcome Slow Start To Beat Dolphins

The Patriots looked like a defeated team as they entered the locker room at halftime with a two-touchdown deficit, but 24 unanswered points in the second half resulted in New England earning a 27-17 victory over the Miami Dolphins.

10/28/2013

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 24: Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets passes against the New York Giants during their pre season game at MetLife Stadium on August 24, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Jets Have Inconsistent Offense, Impressive Defense

For their first rematch of the 2013 NFL season, the New England Patriots will go on the road Sunday to face the New York Jets. Their first matchup was a tremendous defensive struggle, so this game will provide a measuring stick for the progress of New England’s fledgling offense.

10/15/2013

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 13: Wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins #85 of the New England Patriots catches the game winning touchdown in front of cornerback Jabari Greer #33 of the New Orleans Saints in the closing seconds of the Patriots 30-27 win at Gillette Stadium on October 13, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Patriots Play Best Game Of Season In Comeback Against Saints

Even if the New England Patriots had lost this game to the New Orleans Saints, they had still demonstrated they could go toe-to-toe with an elite NFL team. Thanks to Tom Brady and Kenbrell Thompkins, New England didn’t have to settle for a mere moral victory.

10/14/2013

CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 06: Terence Newman #23 of the Cincinnati Bengals tackles Brandon Bolden #38 of the New England Patriots during their game at Paul Brown Stadium on October 6, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Bengals defeated the Patriots 13-6. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)

Patriots Offense Disappears, Brady Loses TD Pass Streak In Loss To Bengals

When you hang by a thread long enough, eventually that thread will break. That’s what happened to the previously undefeated New England Patriots Sunday in a 13-6 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.

10/07/2013

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