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From the archives | 2004

Patriots’ unusual recipe leads to rout of Rams

ST. LOUIS - Over the last three years, the New England Patriots have defined the word “team.” Yesterday they redefined it and along the way embarrassed an ill-prepared team that couldn’t execute, the St. Louis Rams, 40-22, at the Edward Jones Dome.

The Patriots had a linebacker catch a pass for a touchdown, a kicker throw a pass for a touchdown, and a wide receiver, practice squad player, linebacker, and rookie free agent all play defensive back at various times without serious consequences. It all symbolized what has made the Patriots the most resilient team in the league.

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