Patriots Blow Huge Lead, Lose to Colts 35-34
November 17, 2009
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At the end of the 3rd quarter, it looked like the Patriots had this game in the books. Payton Manning did what he does best and that is to put up 4th quarter game changing drives. The Indianapolis Colts’ defense held the New England Patriots to a field goal. Then Manning led them on 3 TD drives in the 4th quarter, two of which came within the final five minutes of the game. Manning went on to finish 28-44 for 327 yards and 4 TDs.
The game went in Indianapolis’ favor when the Patriots went for it on 4th down and they were marked short of the 1st down.
Interviewed after the game by the AP, Peyton said “When you see them going for it on fourth down, you get a little nervous, but our defense blitzed them, pressured them and got the stop, it certainly changed our philosophy. In practice, we’re going 60 or 70 yards. So we figure we’re going to have to go five, six, seven plays. In the huddle, I said, ‘obviously, we need a touchdown, but let’s not be in a hurry.’”
“That fourth-down play, that’s one of your best plays, and you go to one of your best guys,” Brady said. “We’ve got our offense on the field. We have over 450 yards of offense at the time. We’ve got a lot of great players on our offense. They stopped us.”
After the fourth down failure, Manning hit WR Reggie Wayne on a 14-yard completion. Then Joseph Addai carried it up the field for 13 yards and on the next play he pounded the ball in from the 1 on a TD run. The Patriots were shocked.
“Give the Colts credit,” Belichick said. “That’s why the Colts are the Colts. They’re a good football team. That’s about as close as it gets.”
Brady was 29 of 42 for 375 yards with three touchdowns. Randy Moss and Wes Welker both had over 90 yards receiving on 9 receptions with both totaling 273 total yards.
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