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Patriots’ uncertainty goes well beyond Tom Brady

On the surface, the Patriots desultory 20-13 wild-card playoff loss to the Titans on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium seemed to represent a figurative opening of gates for the AFC and the entire NFL. The reign of the league’s undisputed kings for the past two decades — participants in nine Super Bowls, winning six of them, winners of 17 AFC East titles and 30 playoff games — appeared to be over the moment the Titans began celebrating wildly on the turf where the Patriots had won their past eight playoff games and 23 of the previous 27. Winds of change, as frigid and unforgiving as the gusts that blew through the entire Northeast corridor on Sunday, are indeed blowing in New England. For starters, most of New England believes ...