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David Patten is one name that is rarely brought up any more, but he made some big plays in some big games.
Two of the biggest touchdown receptions in Patriots history were made by Patten in consecutive games. In the 2001 AFC Championship Game in Pittsburgh, after Tom Brady was knocked out of the game, Patten made an incredible catch in the back of the end zone from former starter Drew Bledsoe to help seal the deal and send the Patriots to the Super Bowl.
In the Super Bowl, he made an eerily similar catch, this time from Brady, for the Patriots' only offensive touchdown in their Super Bowl XXXVI victory over the Rams.
Patten also put on one of the greatest performances in team history earlier in the season vs. the Indianapolis Colts on Oct. 21. Patten ran for a 29-yard touchdown, reeled in a 91-yard touchdown catch, and hit Troy Brown with a bomb mid-stride for a 60-yard touchdown.
He became just the sixth player in league history to complete the pass, run, catch touchdown combo in a single game.
Patten actually tried making a comeback with the team in 2010, before announcing his retirement later the same year during training camp.