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Asante Samuel (far left), Mike Vrabel (50), Tedy Bruschi (54), and Richard Seymour (right) hung their heads as the Patriots lost to the Broncos, 27-13, on Jan. 14 in a divisional playoff game in Denver. The game marked the first playoff defeat in the Brady-Belichick era, ending a string of 10 consecutive postseason victories.
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Asante Samuel (far left), Mike Vrabel (50), Tedy Bruschi (54), and Richard Seymour (right) hung their heads as the Patriots lost to the Broncos, 27-13, on Jan. 14 in a divisional playoff game in Denver. The game marked the first playoff defeat in the Brady-Belichick era, ending a string of 10 consecutive postseason victories.
(Globe Staff Photo / Jim Davis)