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December 24, 2012

Patriots 23, Jaguars 16: Hector Longo's Two-minute Drill

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Check out that video again on Pat Chung’s first pick. Henne was throwing into quadruple coverage. If he doesn’t get hit, one of three other Pats picks it off.

When you think your life is tough, or too much to handle, remember, you could be in Jacksonville.

Vince’s delusion

The NFL’s brand of postgame pain-killers had better not hit the street. They turn folks delusional. How else can you explain Vince Wilfork at the microphone yesterday?

“When we can just play together, play well, we’re awesome,” he said of the NFL’s 27th-rated defense after allowing the games 31st-ranked offense to roll up 436 yards, or about 150 percent of its season average.

“Awesome” was 2004, Vince. You’re the engineer on the mediocre train, big guy.

Secondary crumbles

Apparently, Aqib Talib is the modern day Ronnie Lott, Deion Sanders and Mike Haynes all rolled into one.

How else do you explain this secondary absolutely melting with Talib hobbled by his hip woes again yesterday?

The secondary caught Chad Henne on a bad day with receivers, who dropped at least six bunnies. Yet, the ultimate journeyman Jag threw for 348 yards and twice somehow had his team in position to win.

Devin McCourty, the corner, resurfaced with expected results. Interference dispenser Kyle Arrington was back at it, giving out free first downs again.

And we again saw plenty of Brandon Meriweather’s proudest protégé Pat Chung … bad angles, stupid plays, cheap head shots for penalties.

Talib had better get healthy quick. Can you imagine what a real offense might do to this group?

Five thoughts as we look ahead at 11-4 …

1. Phew! Now, look at the pressure on Houston, which tangles with the Colts next week, needing a win to lock down a top seed.

2. On the other hand, one part of me wishes the Pats’ fate was already locked in. It pains me to watch Tom Brady get bludgeoned more and more lately. He needs a break before the bullets start to fly for real.

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