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Patriots Are Both Good and Lucky

AP

This time, the Patriots were saved by a missed field goal from point-blank range. What a bookend to a decade of dominance. Ten years ago, they were saved by a fumble that, after further review, wasn’t a fumble.

The Lords of Luck. Or the Lords of Tuck.

Let’s not pretend that after all the video study, all the practice reps, all the preparation and strategizing and execution and heart and grit and guts, luck doesn’t rear its head over and over again at times like this. Random, uncontrollable, garden-variety dumb luck.

It’s supposed to even out over time, whether it’s 60 minutes or an entire decade. Still, how does it land in the Patriots’ lap so often?

Well, here’s something else we should stop pretending: The Patriots get lucky because...

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