Foxborough Police Chief Edward O'Leary says officers took 102 fans into protective custody for public intoxication, by far the most he can remember at a Patriots game in his 25 years as chief. Seven required hospitalization.
Fifteen people were taken into custody on a variety of other charges.
O'Leary tells The Sun Chronicle of Attleboro that about half the drunken fans were apprehended as they tried to enter Gillette Stadium.
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He says many were battling the frigid pre-game temperatures with hard liquor.
He says the lopsided score -- the Patriots won 45-3 -- may have contributed to the problem because many fans lost interest in the game.
Published at 10:57 AM EST on Dec 8, 2010 | Updated at 11:01 AM EST on Dec 8, 2010