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2003: The defense never rests
The eventual Super Bowl champions got it done with some big defense in 2003, allowing a league-low 238 points and only 11 touchdowns. The tenacious D was led by All-Pro lineman Richard Seymour, linebackers Tedy Bruschi (left), Mike Vrabel, and Willie McGinest, and defensive backs Ty Law and Rodney Harrison. Tom Brady continued his rise to stardom, throwing for more than 3,600 yards and 23 touchdowns. Receiver Deion Branch had more than 800 yards. The Patriots' 38-30 win over the Tennessee Titans in Foxborugh Oct. 5 was the start of an NFL-record 21-game win streak. On Nov. 30, the Patriots had one of the greatest goal line stands in team history when they stopped the Colts on four consecutive plays with time running out to preserve a 38-34 win in Indianapolis.