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Patriots’ Win Proves There’s Chinks In Their Armor

                                 Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, left, and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) meet at midfield after the Patriots beat the Colts, 24-20 at the RCA Dome on Sunday. 

Sunday afternoon wasn’t nearly the dark day that Indianapolis Colts fans envisioned, even after the New England Patriots defeated the Colts 24-20 at the RCA Dome.  To you the reader of and, I submit why New England isn’t the powerhouse that the national media and pundits everywhere make them out to be:

Unlike their previous opponents, the Colts actually pushed the Patriots around the field. The Colts, as a matter of fact, had the Patriots on the ropes, by holding a 10-point lead going into the 4th quarter.  Granted, New England rallied back and did what was necessary to pull out the win late, but my point is this:  New England can be had.  And what you saw on national television Sunday is a teaser for what will probably be a sequel in January between these two squads.

And for the bookmakers – I hope you enjoyed yourselves.  Six-point underdogs, indeed!!  By the end result of the game between New England and Indianapolis, it has been proven to these Colts that the road to Glendale (home to our next Super Bowl) will be a difficult road to travel – difficult, but not impossible.  But it can be done.  The colts went down this path before last season and what did it get them?  A Super Bowl championship.

More reasons why the Patriots aren’t bulletproof: Colts running back Joseph Addai.  He simply ran all over the Pats, getting 226 combined yards.  That speaks volumes about the vaunted Patriots defense.  And don’t think that the Patriots’ future opponents didn’t take notes.  But to the Patriots’ credit, they adjusted.  But then again, all good teams do that.  The Colts did a very good job disguising their defenses, so this was as much a chess match as it was a football game. 

And for those of you who watched the game on national TV (and I didn’t notice this fact until later), Cris Collinsworth, pundit of “Football Night In America”, said, “I thought for the first three quarters of the game the most surprising aspect was how much faster the Indianapolis defense looked compared to the Patriots.  The Patriots almost looked a little old and slow.”  That will serve the Colts well when they met again in January. 

The Patriots can thank everyone’s favorite malcontent (maybe not so much anymore), Randy Moss.  He was the benefactor of major mismatches; he had a height advantage on everyone in the Colts’ secondary, which worked out in New England’s favor.  A good example – Tim Jennings, all 5’8″ of him.  Moss had an 8-inch height advantage over Jennings.  Who wins that battle 9 times out of 10?  You guessed it – Moss.  Give New England credit also for slowing down what I thought was going to be the secret weapon for Indianapolis – tight end Dallas Clark.  Patriots safety Rodney Harrison was on him like a cheap suit and the end result showed that – 2 catches, 15 yards.

Kudos to the New England Patriots – they beat the Indianapolis Colts in their own backyard.  What this game does is this – it leads to a sequel, most likely to determine who plays the NFC champion in Glendale, AZ.  You thought this game was good?  The sequel will be even better.  As Terrell Owens (man, I brought up 2 malcontents in the same article) once said, “Get out the popcorn”.  The rematch should be something special.  In case you missed the game, check the NFL Network listings; this game should be on NFL REPLAY (at least in my opinion, it should be). 

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5 Responses to “Patriots’ Win Proves There’s Chinks In Their Armor”

  1. Alfonso Rolli says:

    The Colts smacked NE around for 50-min. What came back to haunt the Colts was three trips inside the Red Zone, culminating with only six (6) point to show for it….also, dropped passes by Gonzales (TD) that should have been challenged; HUGE dropped pass by Wayne (probable TD) and numerous dropped passes by Aaron Moorhead, who just plain stinks…..

    Colts Fan Since 1958

  2. snerdly_mortsnerd says:

    You could just as easily argue that even when the Patriots aren’t playing their ‘A’ game, they STILL went into Indy, and hung the first loss on the Colts.

    At let’s not forget, Peyton’s peons benefited from some VERY questionable pass interference calls…

  3. jeff says:

    Well let me just start off by saying I am a Patriot fan. I watched the entire game and just about had 4 heart attacks. I don’t think that Patriots played to the best of their ability but that isn’t an excuse for their poor performance. There is a real possibilty that our teams will meet again, but the Patriots will make the improvements needed. With that said GO PATS!!

  4. Bruce says:

    Leave it to the Patriots to always find a way to cheat the Colts, this time it was intentional penalties. The Patriots are one of the least penalized teams in forever. I know it sounds like sour grapes but, think about the times that they occured and the final results. The Patriots avoided 2 touchdowns, a key first down and a sack. I can hear their coach directing them to commit a penalty if necessary to avoid a touchdown, first down or a sack. The whipping call was soo obvious I could rest my case. This from a Bush League team that continues to spike the ball on their opponent’s team logo.

  5. PatsRuleAgain says:

    HAHA a “Bush league” team that beat your team, in YOUR house, with the Ref’s in YOUR pocket, and the Pats didn’t even play well until the 4th quarter. And all you can say is that they intentionally commited penalties to win? How is that cheating, the refs called the calls (can you really say Asante Samuel commited Pass Interference on that horrible call?). Its your overrated teams fault for not capitalizing on those penalties….are you seriously looking at the leg whip call as a turning point? You need to get a grip on reality. Nice 6 Pick afternoon by Mr Commercial Manning yesterday, by the way. When you take his TE and #2 receiver away, then he only has the weapons Brady has had for his whole career until this year. I dont remember Brady ever having 6 picks in a big game…dont cry Colts fans, there is always next year?

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