FOXBOROUGH -- Three days after his involvement in what has to be one of the most talked-about fourth-down conversion attempts in NFL history, Kevin Faulk was still taking questions on it.
Faulk, who appeared to initially bobble a pass from Tom Brady, was ultimately ruled to have landed shy of the first-down marker late in the fourth quarter, allowing the Colts to take over on downs and emerge with a 35-34 triumph Sunday night in Indianapolis.
"A catch is a catch to me -- I don't know how you define clean," said Faulk. "I don't make that judgment, the ref does ... I don't go into the game thinking, 'Oh, I'm going to bobble this one, I'm not going to catch this one.'"
Informed that it's rare to see Faulk bobble a pass, he simply smiled and said: "Hey, I'm human, too."
Which is exactly what Faulk stressed when asked about fellow running back Laurence Maroney's fumble on the goal line in the third quarter. The Patriots were up 24-14 at the time and it seemed likely the play would be insignificant. After the Indianapolis rally, the giveaway got thrust back into the spotlight.
Maroney has only two fumbles in his NFL career -- a span of 553 touches between kickoff returns (37), receptions (34), and rushes
(482) -- and didn't fumble in either his junior or senior season at Minnesota.
"I'm not going to say it's shocking; you can be the guy that hasn't fumbled, or the guy who hasn't thrown [an interception] in 500 attempts. It's going to happen," said Faulk. "It's human nature; it's what we do. Those guys that play defense, they get paid to stop us.
It's going to happen regardless."
When the conversation shifted to this week's game against the Jets, Faulk was asked about the Patriots' ability to avoid consecutive losses, particularly in the division where they've avoided series sweeps for most of this decade.
"You're not trying to jinx us," Faulk joked with a reporter. "I can't pinpoint it, it's knowing that, hey, you gotta get it done. You lost the game the week before, you have to get it done, so you give everything you've got on the field."