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ON THE SPOT
Austin Murphy
January 27, 1997
The Patriots chances of beating the Packers—and halting the AFC's 12-game losing streak—depend largely on whether Drew Bledsoe is up to the challenge
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January 27, 1997

On The Spot

The Patriots chances of beating the Packers—and halting the AFC's 12-game losing streak—depend largely on whether Drew Bledsoe is up to the challenge

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Even as Bledsoe acknowledges that he is the one who will have to make that play, he disagrees with the notion that for New England to win, he must put together the best game of his career. Good thinking, says Kelly. "Drew can't get caught up in everybody saying he has to be the Man," he says. "He shouldn't try to do it all himself. Everybody's got to take care of his own business."

As usual, it doesn't look good for the AFC. On paper this game isn't close. Green Bay led the league in scoring defense and total defense this season. If Bledsoe doesn't play well, he will come in for more of the criticism he has absorbed for two seasons. He's cool with that. "Win or lose," he says, "when I come home, my dogs will jump all over me."

If the Packers jump all over the Patriots, that's cool, too. All those Harleys on the field—that should be entertaining.

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