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What pundits were saying about Patriots on Sunday

12.09.13 at 8:51 am ET

Here’€™s a quick rundown of what some NFL analysts were saying about the Patriots before and after Sunday’€™s game against the Browns.

Sterling Sharpe on NFL Network on the Patriots, before the game: ‘€œIf they stay healthy, nobody wants them to come to your place or certainly go to Foxborough in the playoffs’€¦This football team’€™s going be hard to deal with down the stretch.’€

Marshall Faulk on NFL Network on Patriots running back Shane Vereen, before the game: ‘€œ[Shane] Vereen, coupled with Tom Brady, could be the best back they’€™ve had come out of the backfield since Brady has been there because of his ability to stretch the field.’€

Michael Irvin on the Patriots on NFL Network before the game: “I say they are built for the long-haul’€¦Their three losses were all by one possession; they were all tough, [hard] fought games. They would blow everybody out for years and then get in the playoffs and go up against a tough team like Baltimore [who would say], ‘€˜We’€™ll just be physical with them.’€™ Now they have this, they have been physical.’€

Tony Dungy on NBC after the game: ‘€œI get so frustrated watching people not know how to play situational football. But good teams, like New England and Baltimore, know how to keep their poise in the final minute.’€

Deion Sanders on NFL Network on the pass interference call on Cleveland cornerback Leon McFadden in the end zone against the Patriots, after the game: “This is suspect. You can call it but it’€™s really not pass interference’€¦You could call it, but you have to let them play because that’€™s going to change the game.’€

Tony Dungy on NBC, who disagreed with crucial defensive pass interference call on Browns late in the game, on the officials in the Browns-Patriots game: ‘€œIn the last two minutes, everybody has to play under pressure, including the officials. In this play, everybody didn’€™t do their job.’€

Willie McGinest on NFL Network after the game, on the Patriots moving forward without tight end Rob Gronkowski: “It’€™s survival mode. They go right back into what they were at the beginning of the year before they had [Rob] Gronkowski when he was hurt; finding different ways to get different guys the football.’€

Rodney Harrison on NBC after the game, talking about Rob Gronkowski’€™s injury: ‘€œIt’€™s hard for me to think they can go very far in the playoffs without his production.’€

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