New England Patriots defeat St. Louis Rams, 40-22

David Givens and Corey Dillon are growing used to the number 100.

For the third straight week, Givens produced a 100-yard receiving day, and for the fourth time this season Dillon rushed for more than 100 yards, piling up 112 on a day when it was unclear whether he would play until an hour before kickoff.

Dillon has rushed for more yards in half a season (749) than Antowain Smith garnered all last year and never were they more important than late in yesterday's 40-22...

The play had been put in for weeks. But it was meant for one of those "only when the moment is right" situations that only coach Bill Belichick could define.

Yesterday, before a restless crowd of 66,107 at the Edward Jones Dome, the moment felt right. It was the middle of the third quarter with the Patriots holding a tenuous 19-14 lead over the Rams.

On fourth and goal from the St. Louis 4-yard line, it seemed time for Adam Vinatieri to do what he always has done aga...

Look for the drop-kick next week. And while they're at it, don't forget the Statue of Liberty play, the fumblerooskie, and the time-tested "everybody go long" that's worked so well in schoolyard playgrounds during recess through the years.

The Patriots at this hour are a little bit like the Acton-Boxboro Colonials of the Dual County League. Every player is expected to be able to do everything. They do whatever it takes, and it's even more satisfying if they can make the...

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 con...