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.
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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.
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