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Patriots seem OK with being underdogs vs. Broncos

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FOXBOROUGH — It has been a long time since the Patriots were considered underdogs, particularly in the playoffs.

Whether it’s with your money or house money, or even if there’s no money involved, it’s hard to bet against Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, which is a testament to the sustained success they’ve had in New England.

But as they prepare to face Denver in the AFC Championship game Sunday, the early buzz — and the early line in Las Vegas, if you’re into that sort of thing — has the Broncos favored, for a variety of reasons.

And if Monday’s chatter was an indication, the Patriots are liking the position they find themselves in.

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