New England Patriots kicking it up a notch

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FOXBOROUGH — Before this season, Patriots coach Bill Belichick removed all the pictures of New England’s past triumphs and big moments from the walls inside the football offices at Gillette Stadium.

The idea was partly to give a team that had undergone a dramatic makeover in the previous two years, one that had become much younger, a chance to forge its own identity, to create its own memories.

Their objective is to put their own pictures on the walls.

After yesterday’s come-from-behind 23-20 overtime win over the Baltimore Ravens, the spot where a photo of Adam Vinatieri celebrating a game-winning field goal was may now have Stephen Gostkowski celebrating his 35-yard winner against Baltimore.

Where once there was a picture of Corey Dillon scoring a tough goal-line touchdown, there may be one of BenJarvus Green-Ellis after his hard-fought 2-yard score in the first half.

Patrick Chung and Gerard Warren’s second-down stop of Ray Rice on Baltimore’s first possession of overtime could occupy the spot a photo of Richard Seymour or Rodney Harrison once did.

And where a Deion Branch picture once was located, well, a Deion Branch photo may hang there again after his fourth-quarter touchdown.

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