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The Patriots have been thrown enough curveballs this season to make Sandy Koufax take note. But with a 13-4 record and a spot in Sunday’s AFC Championship game, they’ve responded in a way that would lead even David Ortiz to tip his cap.
The latest obstacle came Wednesday, when Tom Brady (illness) missed practice five days before the most important game of the season.
But the Patriots have a plan for just about every scenario that might come up during a game. Many have to do with an opponent’s schemes and tendencies, or in-game trends and adjustments. But there’s a contingency plan for other things, too, such as injuries and personnel.
Some make sense. Others, not as much.