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Patriots, 24-17

New England (12-5)7773—24
Pittsburgh (14-3)03140—17
Date—Jan. 27. Att—64,704. Time—3:46.
1st Quarter: NE—Troy Brown 55-yd punt return (Adam Vinatieri kick), 3:42.
2nd Quarter: PIT—Kris Brown 30-yd FG, 13:33; NE—David Patten 11-yd pass from Drew Bledsoe (Vinatieri kick), 0:58.
3rd Quarter: NE—Antwan Harris 49-yd blocked FG return, lateral from Brown (Vinatieri kick), 8:51; PIT—Jerome Bettis 1-yd run (Brown kick), 5:11; PIT—Amos Zereoue 11-yd run (Brown kick), 1:29.
4th Quarter: NE—Vinatieri 44-yd FG, 11:12.

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