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Defense pulls out all the stops

Unit is healthier, and getting stingy

By Nick Cafardo
Globe Staff / December 18, 2005

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FOXBOROUGH -- There's no other way to spin it. No qualifier -- such as, ''Yeah, but they dominated bad teams like the Bills and Jets" -- is necessary. The Patriots' championship-level defense is back. Just ask Chris Simms, the embattled Tampa Bay quarterback who was lucky to leave Gillette Stadium intact yesterday. (Full article: 768 words)

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