Reflecting on the 6 Defining Moments of the New England Patriots' 2012 Season

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Reflecting on the 6 Defining Moments of the New England Patriots' 2012 Season
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With the New England Patriots set to take on the Houston Texans in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs this Sunday, now is as good of a time as any to look back at some the moments that defined the 2012 Patriots.

We saw a defense, while successful at forcing turnovers all season, struggle in the first half of the season, but turned it around drastically in the second half, with help from newcomer cornerback Aqib Talib.

We saw an offense that was reminiscent of the Patriots' record-setting team of the 2007, blowing out opponents week after week. Unlike the 2007 squad, however, the 2012 Patriots had an explosive rushing attack to add to their lethal passing attack.

This slideshow will take a closer look at six key moments that defined this season's New England Patriots.

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