Indianapolis Colts defeat New England Patriots, 27-20

The monkey isn't off Peyton Manning's back quite yet, but by late last night it had at least slid down by his waist.

For the second consecutive year Manning came into Gillette Stadium and lit up the Patriots' defense, causing some to wonder if perhaps he is now inside Bill Belichick's head rather than vice versa. Manning completed 20 of 36 throws for 326 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception while throwing for more yards to Marvin Harrison (145 yards, 2 TDs) than ...

Former Patriots kicker Adam Vinatieri said he expected to hear boos from the Gillette Stadium crowd last night in his return to New England. One of the few times he heard cheers was when he missed field goal attempts of 37 and 46 yards.

"I respect that. They were trying to get loud, make it hard on the opposing team so that totally made sense," Vinatieri said. "Unfortunately I just didn't get through some of those kicks, left them out to the right. You live and learn an...

Now we know for sure exactly how high the bar has been raised in the NFL, and in case you're wondering, yes, the Colts could do it. They could run the table. They could become the first team since the 1972 Miami Dolphins to go undefeated in the regular season.

In the last two weeks, they have come, they have seen, and they have conquered their two chief AFC competitors. Even better, they have beaten the Broncos and the Patriots on the road. If the question is, "Who's th...

Patriots players had called last night's game against the Colts their most challenging test of the season. It was a test they didn't come close to acing.

The mistakes were plentiful. Quarterback Tom Brady threw four interceptions. Running back Corey Dillon lost a fumble. The team was called for eight penalties, five of which led to first downs. There were breakdowns on kickoff coverage. And the defense was carved up by a lethal Colts aerial attack.

Put that together,...