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|Colts Cap Off Sunday NFL Games with Thrilling Win Against Pats
|UNDATED (AP) -- Bill Belichick gambled and lost. The Indianapolis Colts took advantage of the New England coach's blunder and are still undefeated.
Belichick chose not to punt in a fourth-and-two situation on his team's 28-yard line ahead by six points with just over two minutes left. The Colts defense held and Peyton Manning responded with his fourth TD pass, a 1-yarder to Reggie Wayne with 13 seconds left in a thrilling 35-34 win over the Pats.
Indianapolis is 9-0 after beating the Pats for the fifth time in the last six meetings. New England is 6-3 after blowing a 17-point lead in the fourth quarter. This is the first time that Belichick's Patriots have lost when leading by at least 13 in the fourth quarter.
Manning threw for 327 yards and four touchdowns. Tom Brady was just as good, throwing for 375 yards and three TDs. Brady refused to criticize his coach, saying he "loved the call" to gamble on fourth down.
In the rest of Week 10:
- New Orleans stayed undefeated with a tougher-than-expected 28-23 win over St. Louis. Reggie Bush scored twice for the first time in more than a year and Drew Brees compensated for two interceptions with two touchdown passes for the 9-0 Saints.
- After Pittsburgh was beaten 18-12 Sunday by Cincinnati, Steelers safety Ryan Clark called the Bengals "clearly the best team" in the AFC North. The 7-2 Bengals hold a one-game lead over the Steelers, which were held without a touchdown and just four field goals by Jeff Reed.
- San Diego is tied for the AFC West lead with Denver after beating Philadelphia 31-23. LaDainian Tomlinson ran 24 times for 96 yards and scored twice for the Chargers, who visit Denver next Sunday.
- The Green Bay Packers ended the Dallas Cowboys' four-game win streak, 17-10. The Packers sacked Tony Romo five times. Charles Woodson forced two fumbles and had an interception.
- Chad Henne directed a 77-yard scoring drive in the final 1:10, and Dan Carpenter kicked a 25-yard field goal with 10 seconds left in Miami's last-minute 25-23 win over Tampa Bay.
- Jake Delhomme went turnover-free for the third straight game and hit Steve Smith for two touchdowns in Carolina's 28-19 win over Atlanta.
- Brett Favre passed for a season-high 344 yards, 201 to Sidney Rice as Minnesota beat the lowly Lions 27-10. Detroit lost for the 31st time in 33 games.
- The Washington Redskins broke the 17-point barrier for the first time this season and ended a four-game losing streak by handing Denver its third straight loss, 27-17.
- After starting the season with six straight losses, Tennessee has won three straight after pounding Buffalo 41-17. Chris Johnson ran for 132 yards and two touchdowns, and he caught nine passes for 100 more.
- Josh Scobee kicked a 21-yard field goal as time expired in the Jacksonville Jaguars' 24-22 upset of the New York Jets, who've lost five of six.
- The Kansas City Chiefs won their seventh straight game in Oakland, 16-10. Jamaal Charles scored on a 44-yard run for Kansas City's first rushing touchdown of the season.
- The Arizona Cardinals opened a two-game lead over San Francisco in the NFC West with a 31-20 victory over Seattle. Kurt Warner threw for 340 yards and two scores.
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