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Leigh high on comeback

Posted by Christopher L. Gasper, Globe Staff  September 15, 2009 12:51 PM

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Patriots cornerback Leigh Bodden was on the Detroit Lions last season. He didn't win a single game, as the Lions authored NFL infamy, becoming the first team in league history to go 0-16.

Perhaps, no one enjoyed the Patriots' 25-24 come-from-behind victory over the Bills more than Bodden, who hadn't been on the winning side of an NFL game since he was a member of the Cleveland Browns on Dec. 30, 2007. Cleveland beat the 49ers, 20-7, that day.

Bodden has never been on a team that has made in the playoffs in his six previous seasons. So comebacks like last night's -- the Patriots trailed 24-13 with 5:32 to play -- have been rare in his career.

"I haven't been on a team like that. This is the year I've been on it," said Bodden, part of a revamped Patriots secondary that silenced Terrell Owens, both literally (T.O. didn't talk after the game) and figuratively (T.O. had two catches for 46 yards).

"It feels good. It's just amazing to me the resilience that this team has, just because you're down it doesn't mean that we're going to go in the tank. Other teams that I've been on it's like, 'Here we go again.' But here I didn't hear any of that. I just heard, 'We're going to get this done,' and we got it done."

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