Playoff loss becomes lesson


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FOXBOROUGH — The 2009 season ended for the New England Patriots in an AFC wild-card playoff game that few players have yet to forget.

Watching the back of Ray Rice’s jersey as he sprinted 83 yards for a touchdown on the Baltimore Ravens’ first possession that day left a sour feeling for some. The Ravens won, 33-14, and gave the Patriots their first home loss of the season.

As much as the Patriots would like to forget the result, there may be something they can learn, linebacker Tully Banta-Cain said.

“I mean, yeah, experience is the best teacher,” Banta-Cain said. “We’ve been looking at it and we’ve also been looking at what they’ve been doing this year. We’re trying to get the answers from both sides.”

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Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo said yesterday he knows that playoff loss against Baltimore stuck with a few players during the offseason.

“It still weighs on us,” Mayo said. “It was a very disappointing loss that ended our season and they’re coming back to New England and hopefully, it’s not the same outcome.”

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