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Pursuit of perfection meets resting Giants

Michael Dwyer/APNew England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady speaks with reporters Wednesday in the locker room at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.
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On to the Meadowlands for the last step in a perfect regular season for the New England Patriots.

Oddly, the only team that can stop the Patriots from going 16-0 might be resting many of its top players in preparing for the playoffs.

The New York Giants clinched the fifth seed in the NFC by beating Buffalo 38-21 Sunday. So when New England brings its record-tying string of 18 regular-season victories to Giants Stadium on Saturday night, only the Pats might be going all out.



“I’m not worried about that game,” Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce said. “I’m enjoying being 10-5. I’m looking forward to Christmas and looking forward to the playoffs.”

New England beat Miami 28-7 as Tom Brady threw for three touchdowns, two to Randy Moss. Brady’s 48 TD passes this season are one short of Peyton Manning’s league record, and Moss’ 21 scoring receptions are one behind Jerry Rice’s single-season mark, albeit achieved in 12 games.



“When you look back at the end of your career, you’ll be excited abou


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