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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 - JANUARY 11: LeGarrette Blount #29 of the New England Patriots runs a 73 yard touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Indianapolis Colts during the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 11, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Patriots Run Past Colts To Reach 3rd Consecutive AFC Championship Game

Thanks to big games by running back LaGarrette Blount and linebacker Jamie Collins, the New England Patriots are in the AFC Championship Game once again.

01/12/2014

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 29: LeGarrette Blount #29 of the New England Patriots returns the ball against the Buffalo Bills special teams in the second half during the game at Gillette Stadium on December 29, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Patriots Give Bills Blount Force Trauma, Earn First Round Playoff Bye

Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount ran over and through a lot of Buffalo Bills on Sunday, giving New England an important week of rest.

12/30/2013

BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 22: Defensive end Chandler Jones #95 of the New England Patriots celebrates after the Baltimore Ravens missed a second half field goal during the Patriots 41-7 win at M&T Bank Stadium on December 22, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Patriots Celebrate AFC East Title With Road Win Against Ravens

Thanks to a significant road win against a quality Baltimore Ravens team, the New England Patriots are one step closer to earning a first-round bye in the AFC playoffs.

12/23/2013

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 15: Marcus Thigpen #34 of the Miami Dolphins scores a touchdown during a game against the New England Patriots at Sun Life Stadium on December 15, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

A Patriots Comeback Bid Finally Falls Short In Loss To Dolphins

Coming into Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins, the New England Patriots had made a habit out of overcoming fourth-quarter deficits. If you play with fire enough times, you eventually get burned.

12/16/2013

HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 01: Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots is tackled by Shiloh Keo #31 of the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on December 1, 2013 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Patriots Narrowly Avoid Trap In Comeback Win Against Texans

Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans turned out to be the “trap” game New England fans were afraid of, but in the end the Patriots earned their second comeback victory in a row.

12/02/2013

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 20: Antonio Allen #39, Kyle Wilson #20 and Darrin Walls #30 of the New York Jets take down Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots during their game at MetLife Stadium on October 20, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Offensive Struggles, Special Teams Blunders Lead To Patriots Overtime Loss Against Jets

After an impressive last-minute win over the New Orleans Saints last week, the New England Patriots fell back on their bad habits in an overtime loss to the New York Jets this week.

10/21/2013

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