The Patriots played very well last night, but were done in by a couple of mental errors as well as a visit to the rejuvenation machine by old friend Adam Vinatieri.
Jabar Gaffney dropped an easy touchdown pass on a drive which eventually ended on a field goal, and with the Patriots in range of a late game tying field goal, tight end David Thomas committed an unforgivable personal foul which pushed the Patriots back 15 yards, and basically sealed the game for the Colts. Adam Vinatieri had booted a 52 yard field goal – his longest in over five years – to give the Colts an 18-15 advantage, which turned out to be the final score.
Chris Warner on Patriots Daily has the wrap on this one from Indy.
Christopher Price lines up the 10 Things We Learned Last Night.
Christopher L. Gasper has the above factors plus some questionable decisions dooming the Patriots. Karen Guregian looks at a lost opportunity in Indy last night. Mark Farinella has the Patriots flagged only twice all night, with one being a killer to their chances. Shalise Manza Young looks at one that got away from the Patriots. Rich Garven has the Patriots coming up in the end with less points than they might’ve hoped for.
Michael Felger says that last night was not one of Bill Belichick’s shining moments. Dan Shaughnessy has Belichick getting grilled after the game despite coming in with a great game plan and getting beat by “a couple of freak plays” last night. John Tomase says that the coaches kept the Patriots in the game with their plan coming in, and let the win slip away with some questionable decisions during the game. Jim Donaldson has Belichick dropping the ball with his in-game decisions last night. Garven says that those head-scratching decisions cost New England the game.
Chris Forsberg says that it is very hard to find fault with the performance of Matt Cassel last night. Ron Borges manages to do that, pointing to the lack of a TD pass and Red Zone production from Cassel last night as the difference in the game.
Farinella has David Thomas facing the music for his key penalty. Young says Thomas made no excuses for his actions. Farinella also has Jabar Gaffney talking about his key drop last night. Young has Gaffney saying he simply didn’t make the play when he had to. Ben Swasey has the mistakes proving too costly for the Patriots.
Donaldson feels compelled to remind us that yes, Adam Vinatieri made a few big kicks for the Patriots over the years. Joe Sullivan and Patrick Dorsey have Vinatieri enjoying his game winning field goal against his old team. Forsberg has a look at the new Lucas Oil Field in Indy. Donaldson also has Peyton Manning continuing his run of success against the Patriots.
Guregian looks at the string of five games ahead which will tell us all we need to know about this Patriots team.
Guregian’s notebook has Randy Moss taking issue with the officials last night. Gasper’s notebook has Thomas owning up to his penalty and taking responsibility. Farinella’s notebook says that the Patriots will return to Lucas Oil Field again next season. Young’s notebook has injuries in the secondary hitting both teams.
Mark Murphy has Kevin Garnett using his shoes to get his message out. Frank Dell’Apa has Garnett adding soccer to his offseason workout regimen. Tim Weisberg says that Paul Pierce is no longer held down by the history of the Celtics. Jeff Goodman wonders if Ray Allen is all done. Murphy’s notebook has the Celtics needing to work on their free throw shooting.
Fluto Shinzawa has neither the Bruins nor the Stars pleased with the actions of the Stars’ Steve Ott on Saturday night. Joe Haggerty wonders if the big, bad Bruins are back. Rich Thompson has the Bruins defensemen refusing to back down on Saturday night.
David Scott has Bill Simmons once again expressing his unhappiness with ESPN.