New England Patriots defeat Indianapolis Colts, 27-24

They were like two great heavyweights slugging away, neither willing to take a backward step or bend to the other's demands.

They were Ali and Frazier, pounding away on the inside, blasting away from the outside, slamming into each other with a relentlessness that boarded on manic. Both were trying to do what neither could do. They were trying to break the spirit of the other.

In the end, though, last night's season opener at Razor Blade Field ended like the last two...

You know that queasy feeling you get when you are careening down the highway with a reckless friend behind the wheel? You scream at him to pull over and let you out, but he keeps on gunning the motor, and you have no choice but to hang on for dear life and hope you live to laugh about it later.

The defending Super Bowl champion Patriots survived that kind of wild ride last night to outlast the Indianapolis Colts, 27-24, in their season opener, but nobody was quite ready...

This is why the NFL doesn't need Elton John, Lenny Kravitz, Jessica Simpson, or even the Boston Pops. There is no better show than the game, and though Patriots defensive players were criticizing themselves for a poorly played game, it was two magnificent plays in the fourth quarter -- by Eugene Wilson and Willie McGinest -- that enabled New England to claim a 27-24 victory in the season opener on a night when they raised their Super Bowl

"We played a bad game," said R...

Amid the pulsating rhythms, blaring riffs, and fireworks displays that made Gillette Stadium a virtual Patriotpalooza last night, the defending Super Bowl champions unveiled their second championship banner.

Ceremonies commemorating the Patriots' triumph over the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl XXXVIII were part of a one-hour live pregame special on ABC that featured musical performances from four stages at the stadium.

As legendary recording artist Elton John sang w...