The Indianapolis Colts remixed with the New England Patriots tonight on NBC. The first quarter started with the Patriots on offense…and not much to say about it. When the Colts took to the ball, quarterback Peyton Manning made a few awesome connections with tight end Dallas Clark and wide receivers Pierre Garcon and Reggie Wayne. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick challenged the catch but lost the challenge. Eight plays + ninety yards + running back Joseph Addai = touchdown. Indianapolis 7 and New England 0. The Patriots answered that taunt with a spectacular Tom Brady fifty-five yard pass to wide receiver Randy Moss, and two steps later, running back Laurence Mulroney squeezed threw amassing players to get into the end zone.
The second quarter began with Colts defensive end Robert Mathis sacking Tom Brady. The Patriots took a thirty-one yard Stephen Gostkowski field goal at the end of their possession. One possession later, Randy Moss made his second TD of the day. Halfway through the second quarter, Tom Brady threw directly into the hands of wide receiver Julian Edelman for a TD. New England 24 and Indianapolis 7. Consistent with how they played two seasons ago, once the Patriots find or make their first offensive impact, there is no going back. It’s zippadeedodah scoring parade for them. The Colts bounced back with a Reggie Wayne TD. New England 24 and Indianapolis 14.
SUPER SEXY GIRL! Colts defensive back Antoine Bathea intercepted Tom Brady’s pass meant for Randy Moss in the Colts end zone at the top of the third quarter. Oh. Lourdes. Peyton Manning was intercepted by cornerback Leigh Bodden a few passes later. The quarter was scoreless but ended in Patriots wide receiver Wesley Welker returning a punt to first-and-goal. A kick-ball-change later, Randy Moss made his, what, third TD of the day? New England 31 and Indianapolis 14 in the top of the fourth quarter.
The Colts offered a retort of a Pierre Garcon TD catch and run into the end zone. New England 31 and Indianapolis 21. Would today’s game be the Colts’ first loss of the season? Probably. When they got the ball, Peyton Manning threw an interception to Patriots cornerback Jonathan Wilhite. The Patriots increased their lead with a field goal in the second half of the fourth quarter…briefly. Joseph Addai made a TD with just under three minutes left to play. New England 34 and Indianapolis 28. I must ask again, would today’s game be the Colts’ first loss of the season? Probably not, as of one minute left in the fourth quarter. SWEET SWEETBACK’S BAADASSSSS SONG! Peyton Manning and Reggie Wayne connected for a TD with under twenty seconds left to on the clock. Indianapolis 35 and New England 34. Final score.
I’m not even a Colts fan per se and I’m thrilled. I do like Peyton Manning.
Observations & Miscellania:
2. Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth both wore gray ties of varying hue and accent. Andrea Kramer had on a bright purple leather jacket with zippers.
3. Why was there fire on the field after Joseph Addai made a TD in the first quarter?
4. Tom Brady still looks really good in a helmet.
6. I wouldn’t be surprised if the entire league watched this game and took notes. “You see that? You see what Peyton Manning did there? Yeah, we need some of that.”
7. “They’re not used to playing these balls in the air like that…they’re burned on either side,” either Al Michaels or Cris Collinsworth remarked during the middle of the second quarter.
8. Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Why are there so many adverts for The Blind Side? Because, this John Lee Hancock film is going up against a certain Twilight part deux on opening day Friday. This Friday. I shall be watching The Blind Side–not to be confused with Blindside from 1986.
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