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The New England Patriots' dominating victory over the Denver Broncos last Sunday could very well be a major step towards another January/February full of glory for the Pats.

Here's Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe with his thoughts on New England's current situation:

With nine games played and seven games left, the 7-2 Patriots have their time-tested formula in place. They are going win the Adams/Warhol division. Again. They are going for the bye on wild-card weekend. They are going for the top seed and homefield advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. That’s why the Patriots’ dark weekend was must-see TV around here.

From now until the end of the regular season Dec. 28, it’s all about the hard-earned, easy path to the Super Bowl. Last weekend’s trouncing of the estimable Broncos established the Patriots as the top seed in the conference and that’s the way it needs to stay if the Patriots are to go for a fourth Super Bowl victory Feb. 1 in Glendale, Ariz. We all know the tomato cans need to be lined up properly if the Patriots are going to return to the site of David Tyree’s miraculous catch in 2008.

If the Patriots can secure the top seed in the AFC Playoffs, then history will be on their side. In the 21 non-Super Bowl playoff games of the Bill Belichick/Tom Brady era, the Pats are 12-3 at home and 3-3 on the road.

Having a game in hand on the Broncos may very well be the ticket to making a January homestand a reality. However, it's all about the follow-up and whether New England can keep the momentum rolling for the final seven games of the regular season.

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