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Sunday, November 2, 2008
Rapid Reaction: Colts 18, Patriots 15


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

There's a three-way tie atop the AFC East. The last-place team is only one game back.

The New England Patriots failed to claim sole possession of first place Sunday night, losing to the Indianapolis Colts 18-15 in Lucas Oil Stadium. Ex-patriot Adam Vinatieri kicked a 52-yard field goal for the deciding points.

The Patriots played well enough defensively, but they had little zing on offense.

Matt Cassel completed 25-of-34 passes for 204 yards with no touchdowns and an interception. Kevin Faulk and undrafted rookie BenJarvus Green-Ellis combined for 117 rushing yards. Green-Ellis scored a touchdown to put the Patriots ahead 13-7 in the third quarter.

The Patriots didn't get Randy Moss involved until the second half. He finished with six catches for 65 yards, but 22 of those yards came on the last play of the game with the Patriots trying to run a desperation lateral play.

Patriots tight end David Thomas took them out of field-goal range with 4:45 to play, when he was called for unsportsmanlike conduct, blindside a Colts defender after the whistle. The ball was moved back to the Colts 46-yard line, and the Patriots eventually lost the ball on downs.

Next up for the Patriots are two divisional home games in a five-day span: the Buffalo Bills on Nov. 9 and the New York Jets on Nov. 14.