Indianapolis Colts defeat New England Patriots, 35-34

With all the hype washed away - the Rivalry Of The Decade and Manning-Brady story lines set aside - it all came down to an eye-popping, unforgettable gamble by Bill Belichick.

The Patriots’ lead had been chopped to 6 points, just more than two minutes remained, and it was fourth down. And their punter was running off the field.

Bravado, guts, madness - call it what you want. As the Colts streamed from their sideline last night after the clock struck zeros, still undefea...

INDIANAPOLIS - Kevin Faulk hasn’t fumbled all season.

And coming into last night’s game with the Colts, the Patriots had only fumbled the ball away twice all season. But Faulk’s bobble, as perceived by the officials, on fourth down late in the game cost his team a first down, and kept his team from finishing off a satisfying victory.

On fourth and 2 with 2:08 remaining in the fourth quarter and the Patriots leading, 34-28, Faulk took a short pass from Tom Brady to th...


This was as bad as anything the Red Sox ever did. Had it been a playoff game, it would be right up there with Bucky Dent, Bill Buckner, Aaron Boone, and History Derailed in Glendale, Ariz.

And Bill Belichick played the part of Grady Little.

The Patriots lost to the undefeated Colts in unbelievable fashion last night. Leading, 31-14 in the fourth quarter, and 34-21 with 2:30 remaining, the Patriots took the choke and lost to their hated riva...

By Monique Walker, Globe Staff | November 16, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS - The Patriots gained 477 total yards last night, but it was the 2 yards they didn’t get that will be remembered.

The gutsy call by coach Bill Belichick to go for it on fourth down with 2:08 remaining attracted the attention, but the offensive miscues earlier in the game cost the Patriots key points that turned a potential blowout into a game of inches.

Two turnovers in the end zone in the third q...