Top-5 Greatest Colts Games of the Manning/Luck Era
4. November 15th, 2009 vs. New England
The Colts/Patriots rivalry has been one of football’s best since it began in the early 2000s. Whether it be a regular season or Playoff game, it always had that do-or-die attitude. This 2009 week 10 match-up was no different as this was really a back and forth contest.
Both quarterbacks had stellar games as Tom Brady threw for 375 yards and three touchdowns for New England whereas Peyton Manning threw for 327 yards and four touchdowns for Indy. Along with that each teams big name receivers came to play as both Randy Moss and Reggie Wayne had over 125 yards receiving and two touchdowns each.
Besides all the star power this game has to offer it is mainly known for one incident. New England head coach Bill Belichick decided to go for it on fourth down on their own 28 yard line with 2:08 remaining in the game. At the time the Patriot’s were up by six points, a punt would have made it rather difficult for the Colts to come down and score with only one timeout remaining.
The Patriot’s failed to convert the fourth down try and gave the ball over to Manning and the Colts on downs. Now the Colts had the ball in excellent field position, needing a touchdown to win the game. It took all but four plays for the Colts to score, finishing the drive off with a Manning to Wayne touchdown on the goal line.
Belichick was bashed in the media for “the call” after the game and that is mainly what that game is remembered for. In my eyes it just gave the Colts another year of bragging rights over the Deflatriots(yes I went there).
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