Colts 27

(8-0, 4-0 away)

Patriots 20

(6-2, 2-2 home)

Coverage: NBC

8:15 PM ET, November 5, 2006

Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA 

1 2 3 4 T
IND 7 10 7 327
NE 0 14 3 320

Top Performers

Passing: P. Manning (IND) - 326 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: L. Maroney (NE) - 13 CAR, 63 YDS

Receiving: M. Harrison (IND) - 8 REC, 145 YDS, 2 TD

Defense grabs 4 INTs to help Colts remain unbeaten

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- Peyton Manning didn't have to be perfect for the Colts to remain the only team with a perfect record.

He had plenty of help from a defense that had been far from perfect all season. With four interceptions -- the last ending the Patriots' final chance with 1:18 left -- Indianapolis beat New England 27-20 Sunday night to improve to 8-0.

Scouts Inc.'s take ...
The marquee game of the week between the visiting Indianapolis Colts and the New England Patriots was a story of two different quarterback performances. Peyton Manning threw for 326 yards and Tom Brady (above) threw four interceptions. The much-maligned Colts defense played well, pressuring Brady and the Patriots offense with eight man fronts vs. the ground game and effective pass rushing vs. the air attack. Indy safety Bob Sanders made his presence felt with big hits on the Patriots ballcarriers. New England could not overcome five turnovers, a missed field goal and several penalties to take its second loss of the season.

With the loss by Chicago and coach Lovie Smith to Miami earlier Sunday, the Colts are the NFL's only unbeaten team.

"Lovie let me down," Indianapolis coach Tony Dungy said. "I was hoping they'd win so they would get all the focus."

Sunday's win capped an impressive two-game road stretch against two of the best teams in the AFC. On Sunday, he threw for 328 yards and tossed two touchdown passes to Marvin Harrison one week after throwing for 345 yards and three scores in a 34-31 win at Denver.

"Those are two very tough places to play," Dungy said. "We're finding a lot of different ways to win. We still aren't playing our best."

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady certainly didn't on Sunday.

Two of his interceptions came on tipped balls against a defense that had just five picks in its first seven games. The Patriots' running game did gain 148 yards against the NFL's worst rush defense.

"We ran successfully and made some passes," Brady said, "but it all gets negated when you turn the ball over."

His 201 yards passing were just 56 more than Harrison had on his eight catches.

The Patriots (6-2) ended a four-game winning streak and dropped a second straight to Indianapolis after winning six in a row.

They also were victimized for the first time by Adam Vinatieri, who signed as a free agent after kicking two Super Bowl winning field goals for New England in the final seconds. But he also missed twice in the second half as his once adoring fans booed.

"They are trying to get loud and make it hard on the opposing team and that totally makes sense," he said. "I wish I had played a little bit better."

The Colts defense also recovered a fumble and allowed no touchdown passes, only two scoring runs by Corey Dillon and two field goals by rookie Stephen Gostkowski.

The Colts became the only team to start consecutive seasons at 8-0 since the Green Bay Packers did it three straight years from 1929-31. And for the first time in his brilliant career, Manning has thrown for 300 yards in three consecutive games.

What a catch
Troy Brown
With his second catch of the game -- a 5-yard pass from quarterback Tom Brady in the second quarter -- New England receiver Troy Brown topped Stanley Morgan for most catches in Patriots history.
538Troy Brown 1993-06
534 Stanley Morgan 1977-89
490Ben Coates 1991-99
363Irving Fryar 1984-92
329Terry Glenn 1996-01
292Gino Cappelletti 1960-70

"All anybody wants to talk about with this team is, 'what are you guys going to do in the playoffs,' " said Manning, who took the team to the AFC title game just once while reaching the postseason the last four years. "I will enjoy this one for a little while."

Manning won his second straight game against the Patriots and is 4-10 against them.

The Patriots had one last chance after Vinatieri missed from 37 yards with 1:55 left. But on the Patriots' second play, Brady was intercepted by Cato June.

"That was a tough night all the way around," Brady said. "The defense really kept us in there with as many turnovers as there were."

The Colts never trailed as Manning threw the first of his two touchdown passes to Harrison, a 5-yarder, on their opening possession.

Patriots safety Rodney Harrison didn't return after hurting his arm in the first quarter.

"We had to adjust," cornerback Ellis Hobbs said. "The ship gets rocked a little bit and you make it steady."

The Patriots defense did that better than the offense.

The Colts began the day tied for 21st in points allowed. But the first sign the defense would be a positive factor came when Antoine Bethea ended the Patriots' first drive with an interception in the end zone. Manning then drove the Colts 68 yards to his first scoring pass to Marvin Harrison.

The Patriots tied the game on Dillon's 1-yard run on the second play of the second quarter. Indianapolis countered with an 82-yard drive capped by Joseph Addai's 2-yard touchdown run, before New England tied it again on Dillon's 4-yard run.

Then Terrence Wilkins returned the kickoff 70 yards to the Patriots 29 and Vinatieri put the Colts ahead for good 17-14 with a 33-yard field goal with 1:46 left in the half. New England's final possession before intermission ended on Bob Sanders' interception at the Indianapolis 3.

"We're not going to win many games that way, giving up big plays on special teams, defense," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said.

Vinatieri's miss on a 37-yarder early in the third quarter was his first failure in 16 attempts this season and ended a string of 12 possessions in which the Colts scored 10 times. The only two times they failed in that stretch were at the end of their last two first halves, when Manning knelt down with the ball.

Harrison's 4-yard scoring catch made it 24-14 midway through the third quarter. Gostkowski then kicked a 49-yard field goal, Vinatieri connected from 31 and Gostkowski was good again from 26. Harrison's TD was a twisting, diving one-handed catch in the right edge of the end zone on which he barely dragged both feet in bounds.

"Peyton and Marvin have that connection," Hobbs said. "Peyton put it right there."

Game notes

Troy Brown broke Stanley Morgan's team record for career receptions with the Patriots with 538 after making five catches. Morgan caught 534. ... Harrison broke a tie with Lenny Moore for most touchdowns by a Colt. He has 115, two more than Moore, who played when the team was in Baltimore. ... For the first time this season, the Colts scored fewer than 30 points and the Patriots allowed more than 17.

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs2424
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays6468
Total Yards354349
Yards per play5.55.1
Total Drives1110
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)3-62-4
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

indTD4:33Marvin Harrison, 5 yd pass from Peyton Manning (Adam Vinatieri kick is good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 68 yds, 4:43
neTD14:28Corey Dillon, 1 yd run (Stephen Gostkowski kick is good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 68 yds, 5:05
indTD9:59Joseph Addai, 2 yd run (Adam Vinatieri kick is good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 82 yds, 4:29
neTD4:19Corey Dillon, 4 yd run (Stephen Gostkowski kick is good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 66 yds, 5:42
indFG1:50Adam Vinatieri 23 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 24 yds, 2:28
indTD7:00Marvin Harrison, 4 yd pass from Peyton Manning (Adam Vinatieri kick is good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 74 yds, 2:35
neFG5:27Stephen Gostkowski 49 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 30 yds, 1:38
indFG10:21Adam Vinatieri 31 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, 33 yds, 2:47
neFG6:03Stephen Gostkowski 26 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 53 yds, 4:16