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With Convincing Win, Patriots Back In AFC Title Game

With Convincing Win, Patriots Back In AFC Title Game

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — For six weeks, the wheels were spinning but the Patriots were sputtering.

After winning their first 10 games, the reigning Super Bowl champions limped to the regular season finish line. Bill Belichick's team dropped four of six with an injury-riddled roster and there was a sense of uncertainty as the playoff began.

The verdict after the first postseason game, a 27-20 win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday at Gillette Stadium? The Patriots may have their groove back.

Julian Edelman, returning from a two-month absence due to a broken foot, caught 10 of Tom Brady's passes for 100 yards. Rob Gronkowski, reportedly hobbling with back and knee...

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