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All lined up

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Turning their way

Devin McCourty’s end-zone interception on Houston’s second offensive series of the game extended the Patriots’ streak of forcing at least one turnover to 24 games. Order cheap female passion strips The last team to force at least one turnover in every regular-season game was the 2010 Atlanta Falcons.

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Handing out Hall passes

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