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From the archives | 2004

Patriots open as champions by holding off Colts

FOXBOROUGH - This is why the NFL doesn’t need Elton John, Lenny Kravitz, Jessica Simpson, or even the Boston Pops. There is no better show than the game, and though Patriots defensive players were criticizing themselves for a poorly played game, it was two magnificent plays in the fourth quarter - by Eugene Wilson and Willie McGinest - that enabled New England to claim a 27-24 victory in the season opener on a night when they raised their Super Bowl XXXVIII banner.

“We played a bad game,” said Rodney Harrison. “There’s so much to improve on. It’s so disappointing the way we played on defense. We had blown coverage and missed tackles. We’re just fortunate and very happy we were able to pull it out.”

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