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Pre-Game Report

DATE:
October 28, 2001

SITE:
Invesco Field at Mile High (76,125) - Grass

TIME:
4:00 p.m. EDT

TELEVISON:
This week's game will be broadcast regionally on CBS (locally on WBZ Channel 4 in Boston). Don Criqui will provide the play-by-play detail and will be joined by broadcast partner Steve Tasker.

RADIO:
WBCN's Rock Radio Network 104.1 FM. Gil Santos, now in his 25th season as voice of the Patriots, will call the action along with former Patriots center Peter Brock.

The New England Patriots (3-3) have won three of their last four games and are now in second place in the division, trailing the Miami Dolphins (3-2) by half a game. This week, the Patriots will attempt to extend their current win streak to three games when they travel to the Mile High city to take on the Denver Broncos (3-3) this Sunday. It will be the seventh consecutive season that the Patriots and the Broncos have played, which is the longest streak between non-divisional rivals. The Broncos hold a 4-2 advantage in the last six games, but the Patriots claimed victories in each of the last two seasons. Last season's 28-19 victory over the Broncos in Denver was the first by the Patriots at Mile High Stadium and the first in Denver since 1968. This week, the Patriots will make their first appearance in Invesco Field.

Last week, the Patriots scored another convincing victory at Indianapolis, 38-17, completing a series sweep of the Colts for the first time in three years. David Patten had contributions in four of the Patriots touchdowns, scoring three and passing for another. He became the first player since Walter Payton in 1979 to score rushing and receiving touchdowns while passing for a touchdown in the same game (see News and Notes, page 4). His 91-yard touchdown reception, his second score of the day, was the longest play from scrimmage in franchise history.

Tom Brady, who replaced an injured Drew Bledsoe in Week 3, is now 3-1 as a starter. He is the only NFL starter who has yet to throw an interception and last week extended his current streak to 134 career passes without an interception. It is the longest streak to begin a career in NFL history (see box below).

Of the last 12 offensive drives Brady has led, not including two in which they were running out the clock, nine have resulted in scores (six touchdowns, three field goals).

This week's game will be the second of three consecutive road games. The last time the Patriots won back-to-back games played on the road was in 1995 when they defeated the New York Jets (20-7) and the Miami Dolphins (34-17). Next week, the Patriots travel to Atlanta (11/4) before returning for three consecutive home games in November.

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