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What’s left for the Patriots if their postseason hopes vanish? Players explain – Boston Herald

FOXBORO — For 11 months, the Patriots prepared to make another run at the postseason.

They lifted, ran, trained and practiced, held meetings and studied film for thousands upon thousands of hours. But with one loss Saturday to Cincinnati, those hopes appeared to be gone.

Then, thanks to Miami’s loss to Green Bay on Sunday, the Patriots had their fate placed back into their hands. At 7-8, the Pats can still clinch a Wild Card spot if they win out, beating the Dolphins at home next weekend and winning at Buffalo in Week 18. For now, Miami remains a game ahead of the Patriots at 8-7.

But if the Pats lose Sunday, they will be eliminated from playoff contention. If so, as a team that will have lost five of its last seven and failed in its season-long goal, what will be left to play for?

Here’s what players said post-game Saturday:

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