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From the archives | 2003

Patriots beat Texans in OT despite critical errors

HOUSTON - There are at least 1,000 ways to win a football game, and the New England Patriots obviously intend on sampling every one.

Yesterday they showed 70,719 at Reliant Stadium that you can win despite committing three turnovers, two of which led to touchdowns for the opponent, and scoring only one touchdown in six trips inside the 20. The record crowd for a pro football game (excluding Super Bowl VII) in Houston learned that you’re not required to concede victory when you lose an overtime coin toss. New England proved that all hope doesn’t have to be lost simply because the game’s most dependable clutch kicker has his potential-game-ending kick blocked or because his struggling best friend of a punter boots one 31 yards, giving the other team possession at your 35-yard line in sudden death.

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