New England Patriots defeat Indianapolis Colts, 24-20

INDIANAPOLIS - After 60 minutes of blood, bones, and thunder . . . after one of the great gut-check, come-from-behind wins in the history of New England sports . . . Patriots coach Bill Belichick stood at the podium here last night and deadpanned, "This was a football game against the Colts. That's all it was."

Right. And the Pieta is a nice little ceramic statue. And Mozart's 40th Symphony is a catchy little ditty. And "Hamlet" is just a play in which a young prince tr...

INDIANAPOLIS - Redemption has a final score and it's 24-20.

Returning to the RCA Dome, the scene of one of the most heartrending losses in franchise history, the Patriots rallied from a 20-10 fourth-quarter deficit to hand the Indianapolis Colts a 24-20 loss and reclaim their position as the pre-eminent football power in the AFC.

Kevin Faulk scored on a 13-yard catch-and-run, crossing the goal line before he fumbled, with 3:15 remaining and the New England defense di...

INDIANAPOLIS - So much for the shootout.

The Patriots and Colts entered yesterday's game with two of the NFL's most explosive offenses and two top quarterbacks pulling the trigger, which is why many figured it would be a game of points.

Check the scoreboard lights. Tell the chain gang to be ready to move quickly.

Yet somewhere on the wind-blown streets of Indianapolis, that script was lost, and the Patriots' 24-20 victory over the Colts turned into a situational-s...

INDIANAPOLIS - Following New England's 24-20 comeback victory over the defending Super Bowl champion Colts yesterday, Patriots vice president of player personnel Scott Pioli was seen high-fiving Randy Moss and yakking it up with his star receiver.

It emphasized the reason the Patriots traded for the receiver in the offseason - to help them beat their AFC rivals.

Moss made his impact early and late in yesterday's win that improved the Patriots to 9-0.

After a slugg...