Breaking Down the New England Patriots' Blueprint for Winning the Super Bowl

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Breaking Down the New England Patriots' Blueprint for Winning the Super Bowl
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Bill Belichick has the season mapped out, but will it go as planned?

The New England Patriots have been to five Super Bowls over the last decade, winning three of them. Yet the recent dry spell has the team 0-2 since their victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in February of 2005.

In order to right the course, there are several facets of the game that must fall into the Pats' favor. Call it a map to glory, or call it a blueprint—New England has a checklist for success.

Here are five points of contingency to keep in mind as the Patriots plan another Super Bowl run during the 2012 season.

If these elements of the game come to fruition, then head coach Bill Belichick will be cracking a smile in New Orleans five months from now.

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