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From the archives | 2007

Patriots romp in their ‘worst game of the year’

FOXBOROUGH - It was a day of firsts for the Patriots. Rodney Harrison’s first game back after returning from a four-game suspension for violating the league’s policy on the use of performance-enhancing drugs, Benjamin Watson’s first career 100-yard receiving effort, Donte’ Stallworth’s first touchdown as a Patriot, the first time Randy Moss failed to rack up 100 receiving yards in a New England uniform.

It was also the first time this season New England looked beatable. The Patriots’ pursuit of perfection remains intact, but by their own admission their play was anything but in a perfunctory 34-17 victory over the Cleveland Browns yesterday in front of 68,756 fans at Gillette Stadium.

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