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Patriots came through on final two drives

The pass was too long for Josh Boyce to catch, but Leon McFadden caught the receiver’s arm and drew a flag, setting up the Patriots’ winning score.
The pass was too long for Josh Boyce to catch, but Leon McFadden caught the receiver’s arm and drew a flag, setting up the Patriots’ winning score. Credit: Jim Davis/Globe Staff

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FOXBOROUGH —The Patriots trailed by 12 points, only 2:35 remained on the game clock, and not many people gave them a chance.

The Browns had stifled the Patriots’ offense most of the day, holding them scoreless at halftime and to just 14 points in the first 57 minutes of the game.

“I felt like we had it,” Browns cornerback Joe Haden said moments after the Patriots completed their shocking 27-26 comeback victory.

The Browns mostly played man coverage throughout the game, but switched to zone with a 12-point lead. The reasoning was sound.

“We played a coverage where we wanted them to throw the ball short. We were protecting the end zone,” linebacker D’Qwell Jackson said.

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