Sunday, November 15, 2009

Colts Stun Patriots

With 14:23 remaining in the 4th quarter the New England Patriots had a 31-14 lead over the Indianapolis Colts.

It appeared the Colts would be handed their first loss of the 2009 NFL season.

Instead, the Colts had one of the greatest 4th quarter comebacks in NFL history leaving football fans all over New England fallen like the leaves.

With 12:20 left in the game, Colts QB Peyton Manning threw a 29 yard touchdown pass to Pierre Garcon to cut the lead to 31-21.

The Patriots would add three on a field goal by Stephen Gostowski to make it 34-21 with 4:17 left to play. They had a two possession lead.

But in less than two minutes Manning led the Colts down the field and Joseph Addai ran it in for a touchdown to make it 34-28. The Addai might have been cast right then and there.

Just before the two minute warning the Pats decided to go for it on 4th and 2 instead of punting the ball. Patriots QB Tom Brady appeared to have thrown a first down to Kevin Faulk but the officials ruled it fell short and it was the Colts ball deep in Patriots territory. Patriots head coach Bill Belichik couldn't challenge the play because the Patriots had already used their timeouts. Given they had already used their timeouts if the Pats had punted the ball the Colts would have started the drive in their territory.

A one yard pass from Manning to Reggie Wayne with 13 seconds left in the game allowed the Colts to sprint to the finish. The Colts won 35-34 and are 9-0. Indianapolis and the New Orleans Saints remain the only undefeated teams in the NFL.

The Patriots and Colts are to the NFL what the Red Sox and Yankees are to MLB. There will be a lot of angry people at work tomorrow.

1 comment:

rakeback said...

The Saints and Colts have some injuries in secondary that I think will come back to haunt them later in the season when their offenses struggle to get it done. Both of these teams have squeaked out victories the last few games.