Thursday, November 12, 2009
Patriots-Colts since 2001
ESPN Stats and Information
Here is a quick look at the 11 Patriots-Colts games since 2001 (including playoffs). Also, check out our photo gallery of some of the key moments from the last nine Patriots-Colts games.
• NEW ENGLAND 44, Indianapolis 13 (Week 3, 2001): It was the first NFL start for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady but he was an afterthought as running back Antowain Smith rushed for 94 yards and a pair of scores while New England's defense intercepted Colts quarterback Peyton Manning three times, returning two of those thefts for touchdowns (78 yards by cornerback Otis Smith, 23 yards by cornerback Ty Law) as Bill Belichick's club jumped out to a 23-0 third-quarter lead and coasted to a stunning win.
• New England 38, INDIANAPOLIS 17 (Week 6, 2001): It was the David Patten show at the RCA Dome as the speedster ran 29 yards for a score, caught 91 and 6-yard touchdown passes from QB Tom Brady and also threw a 60-yard touchdown pass to WR Troy Brown as the Patriots routed the Colts for the second time in 4 weeks...
• New England 38, INDIANAPOLIS 34 (Week 13, 2003): The Patriots jumped out to a 31-10 third-quarter lead, watched Manning and company rally for 21 quick points, took back the lead, 38-31, then fended off Tony Dungy's team with a stellar goal-line stand to preserve the win.
Ty Law picked off three passes in the 2003 AFC title game.
• NEW ENGLAND 24, Indianapolis 14 (2003 AFC Championship Game): The Patriots advanced to their second Super Bowl in three years as running back Antowain Smith ran for 100 yards and Law intercepted Manning three times (Manning threw four INTs), part of five Indianapolis' turnovers on the day.
• NEW ENGLAND 27, Indianapolis 24 (Week 1, 2004): The Colts rolled up 446 yards of total offense but committed three costly turnovers while Brady threw for 335 yards and three scores (one INT) in the Thursday opening-night victory. Colts kicker Mike Vanderjagt missed a 48-yard field goal in the closing minute (after Patriots linebacker/defensive end Willie McGinest sacked Manning to make the kick longer).
• NEW ENGLAND 20, Indianapolis 3 (2004 AFC Divisional Playoffs): The Colts had scored 522 points during the regular season, but were held to a mere field goal in this divisional playoff meeting as Patriots running back Corey Dillon ran for 144 yards and kept Manning and the Colts offense on the bench.
• Indianapolis 40, NEW ENGLAND 21 (Week 9, 2005): Including playoffs, Manning entered the game 0-7 as a starter lifetime at New England. But Manning threw for 321 yards and three scores (one INT), running back Edgerrin James added 104 yards on the ground and a touchdown and the Colts rolled up 453 yards of offense to roll to a comfortable victory on Monday Night Football.
• Indianapolis 27, NEW ENGLAND 20 (Week 9, 2006): Manning threw for 326 yards and two touchdowns (one INT), both scores to wide receiver Marvin Harrison (the second of the spectacular variety) and a heads-up Colts defense intercepted Brady four times as the Colts won at New England for the second straight year.
• INDIANAPOLIS 38, New England 34 (2006 AFC Championship Game): Both the Colts and Patriots had already won a pair of playoff games entering this tilt, and New England appeared headed to a fourth Super Bowl in six years after taking a 21-3 second-quarter lead. But when it was all said and done, the Colts would put together 32 second-half points in this see-saw affair, taking their first lead of the game with just 1:00 to play on Addai's three-yard touchdown run, and securing the victory when cornerback Marlin Jackson intercepted Brady moments later. The 18-point deficit was the largest ever erased by a team in winning a championship game.
• New England 24, INDIANAPOLIS 20 (Week 9, 2007): The Patriots' perfect 2007 regular-season was nearly derailed at midseason when the Colts took a 20-10 lead with 9:42 to play. But Brady would overcome a pair of interceptions with two fourth-quarter touchdown passes, the second to running back Kevin Faulk with 3:15 remaining as the Patriots stayed unbeaten.
• INDIANAPOLIS 18, New England 15 (Week 9, 2008): The Colts entered this tilt at an uncharacteristic 3-4 and the Patriots were without Brady. Manning threw for 254 yards and two touchdowns and kicker Adam Vinatieri's 52-yard field goal midway through the fourth quarter proved to be the difference as the Colts got win number one of their current 17-game regular-season winning streak.