“They’re clearly not a better team than us.” Pats 27, Colts 24

Yes, clearly not, Mike Vanderjagt. Peyton Manning might’ve been right when he labeled Vanderjagt a “liquored up” “idiot kicker” a couple of years ago. The Colts kicker missed his first kick since the 2002 season last night and the Patriots beat the Colts 27-24. This after looking to the Patriots sideline and according to Michael Smith of ESPN.com, making the “money” gesture. Gil Santos made a pretty good observation after the game last night. He stated that growing up, he always thought how “lucky” the Yankees were. They aways got the breaks or big plays when they needed them. These days the Patriots seem to always get the “lucky” turnover or break. Santos said that over the years he’s learned that much of that “good luck” is the result of exhaustive preparation and hard work. The Patriots get the big plays because of that. To dismiss any of what happened last night as “luck” is insulting to the team. The Patriots could’ve played a whole lot better on defense, and they will. But they still did what they needed to do to win. People need to remember that the Colts are good team.

Tom Curran looks at the Patriots picking up where they left off…squeezing out a tight victory. Alan Greenberg says the Patriots got their title defense off to an unsteady but successful start last night. Nick Cafardo looks at huge plays from Eugene Wilson and Willie McGinest which helped the Patriots put the Colts away. Mike Reiss says the Patriots were might fortunate (lucky) to win last night. (see first paragraph above.) Chris Kennedy, Tom King and Michael Parente also look at the action last night at Gillette. (King picked the exact score in yesterday’s Telegraph as well.) Jackie MacMullan says that once again, the Patriots found a way to get it done, after taking their fans for a wild ride. Kevin Mannix has a very blas

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