Indianapolis Colts defeat New England Patriots, 18-15

INDIANAPOLIS - As the years have gone by - Adam Vinatieri has not been a Patriot since the 2005 season - there has developed a general feeling that the best kicker the Patriots ever had isn't quite what he used to be, especially as the length of attempted field goals increases.

Not all share that opinion.

"He's longer than he used to be," stated Hunter Smith, his holder for the Colts.

Smith's point was proven dramatically when Vinatieri boomed a 52-yarder in the f...

INDIANAPOLIS - A week after playing the first penalty-free game in the franchise's history, the Patriots only had two accepted penalties last night in an 18-15 loss to the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. But one of them proved quite costly.

Tight end David Thomas was flagged for a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty on a second-and-2 running play from the Colts' 32 with 4:45 remaining and the Patriots trailing, 18-15, in the fourth quarter. Thomas was trying to block defe...

INDIANAPOLIS - The game plan was masterful, pure Bill Belichick genius.

The execution was something else, and in the end, Belichick heard more hard questions than Grady Little.

The Colts beat the Patriots, 18-15, at Lucas Oil (Can Boyd) Stadium last night and as always, the Ponies and Pats thrilled America with 60 minutes of bone-rattling, action-packed football. The Patriots came within a couple of plays (a Jabar Gaffney drop and a David Thomas penalty) of winning t...

INDIANAPOLIS - Time was on the Patriots' side for much of last night's contest with the Indianapolis Colts, but in the end time ran out - both on their clock-killing game plan and on their penalty-free play.

Despite rising to the occasion in yet another Patriots-Colts classic, New England (5-3) went home with an 18-15 loss last night in front of 66,508 fans at Lucas Oil Stadium, dropping them into a three-way tie for first place in the AFC East with the New York Jets an...