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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Skeptics pounced when a blowout loss left the New England Patriots with a 2-2 record.Quarterback Tom Brady was over the hill, they said. Maybe Bill Belichick wasnt a coaching genius after all.But the Patriots never had doubts. Not when they endured grueling practices to get back on track. And not when they trailed by 14 points twice in their most important game — so far — of the season.There was never any panic, special teams ace Matthew Slater said of their 35-31 divisional playoff win over the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday. I think we just turned to each other and said, Hey, man, weve come too far to surrender now. Even if no team in NFL history had won a playoff game after falling behind twice by at least 14 points.The stirring victory against a post-season nemesis was another step in the Patriots quest for a fourth Super Bowl title and their sixth appearance in that game in Bradys 13 seasons as a starter. The Patriots are in the AFC title game for the ninth time in those 13 years and for the fourth straight season.Theyll host Indianapolis next Sunday. The Colts advanced with a 24-13 win over the Denver Broncos in an AFC divisional game Sunday. The Patriots routed the Colts 42-20 on Nov. 16 at Indianapolis.Every team starts the year with great hope and we were one of those teams, Brady said, and were still standing.The Patriots (13-4) began the season with a 33-20 loss in Miami in which they let the Dolphins come back from a 20-10 halftime deficit. After two wins, they lost 41-14 in Kansas City after falling into a 27-0 hole that even they couldnt overcome.They began their comeback to a playoff berth with a 43-17 rout of Cincinnati, starting a 10-1 run that included consecutive 22-point wins over Denver and Indianapolis. They rested key players in their 17-9 loss to Buffalo in the finale after having clinched the top seed in the AFC.Then Baltimore came to town and scored touchdowns on its first two possessions in a stadium where it was 2-1 in the playoffs. The Patriots tied it at 14 then trailed 28-14 early in the third quarter.I dont think thats a formula to win a lot of playoff games, Belichick said of the 14-point deficits, but theyre a tough group and they never give up, no matter what the situation is.Last season the Patriots overcame double-digit halftime deficits for two victories — 27-17 over Miami after trailing 17-3 and 34-31 over Denver in overtime after trailing 24-0.Weve been in some games where it seemed like we were out of it and you just keep playing, safety Devin McCourty said. With our offence, they can always put points on the board.Even after the star quarterback makes what he called a terrible play.With the score 14-14 with just over a minute left in the first half, Brady threw an interception to Daryl Smith and the Ravens capitalized on Joe Flaccos 11-yard touchdown pass to Owen Daniels for a 21-14 halftime lead.Then Baltimore made it 28-14 on Flaccos 16-yard pass to Justin Forsett.Down 14 points through two stretches of the game and to be able to overcome that kind of obstacle, it speaks a lot about the character and the guys on this team, cornerback Kyle Arrington said Sunday.Brady made his own personal comeback after an incompletion on his first pass after Forsetts touchdown.He completed 17 of his remaining 22 passes. His last throw was a 23-yard touchdown to Brandon LaFell that gave the Patriots their only lead with just over five minutes left. It was Bradys 46th scoring pass, one more than previous NFL leader Joe Montana.Toms competitive, offensive lineman Ryan Wendell said, but he doesnt let anything get him down.College quarterback Julian Edelman also did his part, throwing a 51-yard touchdown pass to Danny Amendola that tied the game at 28 after taking a backward throw from BradyYouve got to unload everything youve got to win against a team like that, Edelman said.But the Patriots have plenty of room for improvement. Against Baltimore, they rushed for just 14 yards, the second fewest in team playoff history, gave up 428 yards and four touchdown passes and had a five-minute deficit in time of possession.Just a few more things to come back from.You know around here well come in and Bill will have everything laid out on what went wrong, McCourty said, and what we need to do better next game. Thatll never change.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL Jesse Gonzalez USA Jersey . 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Lefty was 11 strokes behind leader Steven Bowditch, the Australian who had a 67 to reach 8-under 136.SAN DIEGO -- Cuban rookie Odrisamer Despaigne is undefeated in his two starts with the San Diego Padres, a small bright spot in a season that otherwise has gone so wrong. Again using an assortment of breaking pitches and arm angles, the 27-year-old Despaigne outdueled fellow rookie Michael Bolsinger to win his second straight start as the Padres beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-1 Sunday to pop out of their one-day stay in last place in the NL West. Cameron Maybin keyed the two-run fourth inning for San Diego, which scored their most runs in four games. "Hes got a nice pulse to him," manager Bud Black said of Despaigne, who defected last summer. "Our heartbeats down. He doesnt get fazed. Working his way through a 2 1/2 hour work day, he is pretty composed and clear-thinking. This guy knows how to pitch." Despaigne (2-0) held Arizona to one run and five hits in 6 2-3 innings, walking four and striking out two. He is the sixth Padres pitcher to win his first two starts, and the seventh San Diego pitcher overall to get a win in his first two appearances. In his big league debut last Monday at San Francisco, he held the Giants to four hits in seven shutout innings, striking out one and walking none in a 1-0 win. Despaigne allowed three of the first four Arizona batters to reach base, but allowed only one run. Leadoff batter Ender Inciarte beat out an infield single and stole second before Paul Goldschmidt walked. Miguel Montero singled in Inciarte before Despaigne got Aaron Hill to fly out to centre and struck out Martin Prado to strand runners on first and third. "He wasnt stressed a great deal last week in San Francisco," Black said. "He was stressed there in the first and hung in there. It was good that he didnt let that second run score. His heartbeats pretty good. He knows his game. He knows what he can do with the ball." Despaigne, who signed a minor league contract with the Padres on May 2, said he felt good in making his first start at Petco Park. "I was excited to pitch here in front of the fans," he said through interpreter Yasmani Grandal, who caught both of his starts. "We had lost two games so I wanted to get that win for us. "I felt good," said Despaigne, who played eight seasons with the Havana Industriales of Cubas Serie Nacional. "My breaking pitches were outside the zone so I had to make adjustments and I got it through.dddddddddddd" Grandal said he told Despaigne the same thing he did in San Francisco: "Make sure you dont shake me off. He did that the first six innings and at the end he wanted to throw something else. Youve got to give him the benefit of the doubt. If he wants to pitch his own game for an inning, hey, Ill give him that." The right-hander retired the first two batters in the sixth before allowing consecutive singles and making way for Kevin Quackenbush, who struck out pinch-hitter Roger Kieschnick to end the inning. Despaigne got the Diamondbacks to hit into three double plays. "A lot of deception," manager Kirk Gibson said. "We had some opportunities. Hes thrown two games and hes given up one run. Hes doing something right." The Padres scored their most runs in four games. Through 81 games, they had scored one or fewer runs 27 times. They swapped places with the Diamondbacks, who had leapfrogged the Padres into fourth place after winning 3-1 Saturday night. Huston Street pitched the ninth for his 21st save in as many chances. The Padres scored twice in the fourth on two hits, two walks and a sacrifice fly off Bolsinger (1-4). Chase Headley drew a leadoff walk, advanced on Tommy Medicas one-out single to left and scored on Maybins double down the right-field line. Medica scored on Alexi Amaristas sac fly. Bolsinger allowed two runs and three hits in six innings, struck out six and walked four. "Since I have been up here I prided myself on not walking people," Bolsinger said. "Kind of like the San Francisco game, where the one walk I gave up, the run scored. So, I just have to try to eliminate that. Besides that, everything else was pretty good." NOTES: Nick Ahmed was selected from Triple-A Reno before the game and made his big league debut for the Diamondbacks, starting at SS and batting eighth. He grounded into a double play in his first at-bat and got his first big league hit, a single, in the seventh. ... The Padres open a three-game series against Cincinnati on Monday night, when former San Diego ace Mat Latos (1-0, 2.89) is scheduled to start against rookie Jesse Hahn (3-1, 2.38). ... The Diamondbacks are off Monday before opening a three-game series at Pittsburgh on Tuesday, when the scheduled starters are Wade Miley (3-6, 4.78) against Jeff Locker (1-1, 3.74) in a matchup of lefties. ' ' '