Can Patriots bounce back?

Their response to crushing defeat will tell tale of season

Updated: November 17, 2009, 6:15 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Veteran running back Kevin Faulk left all he had on the field at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday night, performing admirably in the Patriots' stunning 35-34 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

Fighting back his frustration amid reporters in a solemn postgame locker room, Faulk came close to reaching a boiling point when asked how long it would take to get over such a devastating loss. His voice rising, he said: "I have four letters for you: J-E-T-S."

On the surface, it ...

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