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Bill Belichick got taste of his own medicine from Mike Vrabel

Bill Belichick had no problem dishing it out, but he can’t seem to take it. Mike Vrabel, the Titans coach who played linebacker for the Patriots under Belichick, used one of Belichick’s tactics against him in the Patriots’ 20-13 AFC wild-card loss Saturday night. With the Titans leading 14-13, they took consecutive fourth-down penalties in the fourth quarter to take nearly two minutes off the clock, a delay-of-game penalty and a false start — followed by a Patriots neutral-zone infraction — before finally punting the ball away with about 4:50 left. The game clock restarts after penalties during the first 10 minutes of a quarter. Inside of five minutes remaining, the game clock stops after a penalty. The strategy had Belichi ...