Colts end losing skid to Patriots with 27-17 win

Indianapolis Colts

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – DECEMBER 18: Matthew Adams #49 of the Indianapolis Colts blocks the punt of Jake Bailey #7 of the New England Patriots during the first quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 18, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts snapped an eight-game losing streak to the rival Patriots, beating New England 27-17 at Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday night.

The Patriots rallied from a 20-0 deficit to cut it to 20-17 late in the fourth quarter before Jonathan Taylor broke a 67-yard run for a touchdown to seal the game.

Taylor finished with 170 yards rushing on 29 carries.

The win improves the Colts’ record to 8-6 and keeps them in an AFC wildcard spot. It’s the Patriots first loss since October 17.

The Colts scored first on a creative play design. Jonathan Taylor took the direct snap, handed it off to Carson Wentz, who flipped it to Nyheim Hines. The speedy back took it eight yards for a touchdown.

Indianapolis added to its lead with another big special teams play. Matthew Adams blocked Jake Bailey’s punt and E.J. Speed recovered for the TD. It’s Speed’s second score off of a blocked punt his season.

The Colts led 17-0 at halftime. They extended their lead to 20 on a Michael Badgley 41-yard field goal before New England began its rally.

Mac Jones hit Hunter Henry twice for touchdowns to set up Taylor’s late-game heroics.

The game was chippy at times with Michael Pittman Junior and Kyle Dugger getting ejected for a tussle in the third quarter.

Danny Pinter started at center for the second straight game after Ryan Kelly was ruled out earlier on Saturday because of personal reasons.

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