Morning Rewind, 10/19: Colts trick themselves out of a win against New England
By JOHN DORN
For a while, it seemed like the Indianapolis Colts would be the first ones to upset the surging New England Patriots in a game that had the buildup of a Deflategate rematch. But all it took was one nonsensical playcall in the second half to turn the tide right back to Bill Belichick's favor for good.
The call should've been an easy one -- a 4th and 3 play on their own half of the field for Indy, with the punt team on the field. But when the formation shifted all the way toward the sideline, leaving just two Colts in between the hash marks -- completely covered by a gang of Pats -- New England smelled blood. Indianapolis could've called timeout and aborted the suicide mission, but one semi-botched snap and group tackle later, New England had the ball back, and Chuck Pagano's job security took another major dent.
In a game that they led at halftime, Indianapolis foiled away and dropped by a 34-27 count. Both Tom Brady and Andrew Luck went for 312 yards and three touchdowns, with Brady throwing a pick-six off a dropped pass by Julian Edelman. But LeGarrette Blount's breakout performance of 93 yards and a score on 16 carries helped the Patriots pull away.
When the clock struck zeros, the Patriots were still undefeated -- 5-0 for the first time since their 16-0 season in 2007. Indianapolis, now 3-3, are still on top of the lowly AFC South.
Patriots 34, Colts 27
Around the NFL
Jets 34, Redskins 20
The New York Jets are one of just seven teams in the NFL to have one loss or less through the first six weeks. If you were able to convince anyone of this possibility before the season started, congratulations. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 253 yards and two touchdowns -- while running one in on his own. Chris Ivory pounded it in for 146 yards rushing while Brandon Marshall grabbed seven balls for 111 yards and a score.
Steelers 25, Cardinals 13
After a scorching start, the Arizona Cardinals are looking beatable. Getting knocked off by Landry Jones and the Steelers isn't very characteristic of a championship caliber team. Jones took over after Michael Vick injured his hamstring and threw for 168 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the win. Despite John Brown's 10-catch, 196-yard day, Arizona didn't have enough to pull off the Heinz Field victory on Sunday.
Lions 37, Bears 34
At long last, the Lions are on the winning side. Coming against a Bears team with minimal weapons and a defense that now ranks dead last in point allowed per game, Detroit took advantage. Matt Stafford threw for 405 yards and four touchdowns in the victory.
Panthers 27, Seahawks 23
Now 2-4, the Seahawks have major problems. The Panthers, on the other hand, are 5-0 and rolling as they roll into a matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles next week. Cam Newton and Jonathan Stewart ran for a combined three touchdowns, while Newton threw for another on 269 yards passing.
Broncos 26, Browns 23
It took an extra overtime period, but Peyton Manning and the Broncos eventually dug deep and knocked off the Cleveland Browns. It took Manning 48 attempts to get to 290 yards, and he threw three interceptions along the way. The Broncos got it done on Sunday, but there is reason for concern with Peyton Manning.
- Vikings 13, Chiefs 10
- Bengals 34, Bills 21
- Texans 31, Jaguars 20
- Dolphins 38, Titans 10
- Packers 27, Chargers 20
- 49ers 25, Ravens 20
Mets 4, Cubs 1
The New York Mets are two games away from a World Series berth, and Daniel Murphy has everything to do with it. The infielder has now homered in four straight games -- off Clayton Kershaw, Zach Greinke, Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta -- and the impeding free agent is driving up his price by tens of millions of dollars in the process. Noah Syndergaard gave the Mets another stellar pitching performance, while New York was able to knock Arrieta out after just five, raising his postseason ERA to 7.20.
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