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Steve Gregory: Adversity Will Help Carry Patriots Through Playoffs

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Robert Woods of the Buffalo Bills is tackled by Steve Gregory of the New England Patriots. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Robert Woods of the Buffalo Bills is tackled by Steve Gregory of the New England Patriots. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

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BOSTON (CBS) – Between all the injuries and last-second finishes (oh, and their tight end being charged with murder), this Patriots team has been through a lot of adversity this season.

Adversity that safety Steve Gregory believes will help carry them through the playoffs should those situations ever arise again.

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“You get into the playoffs and whatever team you play is going to be a good football team, that’s why these teams have made it. So regardless of who we play it’s going to be a tough, hard-fought game.”

“Those experiences that we’ve gained throughout the season – and we were fortunate this year to play in a bunch of them where it’s down to the last second or so – it’s hard to simulate those in practice. Anytime you can get those experiences in the game when it’s really on the line, it can go a long way.”

“We’ve had a lot of that this year. I think that’ll help carry us through the playoffs a little bit if we do end up in those situations again.”

The Patriots have the luxury of a first-round bye and are resting up for their home game in the divisional round, and since they don’t know who they’ll be playing just yet, a lot of attention and focus has been been spent this week self-scouting and trying to get better individually and as units.

Gregory said Thursday afternoon that some film work will be done on the three teams they could play the weekend after next, but it’s been mostly self-scouting.

On his broken thumb, Gregory said it’s feeling a lot better but wouldn’t use that as an excuse for his poor tackling in recent weeks.

Listen below for the full interview:

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