Patriots safety James Sanders made perhaps the biggest play of his career last night, according to ESPNBoston.com.
Quarterback Peyton Manning and his Colts were at first-and-10 on New England's 24-yard line, with 31 seconds left to play and down only a field goal. Supposed to be in double-coverage on the Colts receivers, Sanders shifted to tight end Jacob Tamme, after noticing Manning targeting Tamme in that same formation earlier. When he looked upfield into the QB Manning's eyes, however, he saw the Colts signal caller had read the Pats right and was now targeting Pierre Garcon, the receiver Sanders was supposed to double-team. This realization brought Sanders back on Garcon resulting in an interception of Manning on the 6-yard line to seal the game for the Pats.
Read about how Colts QB Manning perceived his season-high three interceptions from secondary Brandon Meriweather, Devin McCourty and the game-clinching James Sanders yesterday on ESPNBoston.com.
As far as a QB showdown, Manning won the numbers game. The Colts QB was 38-of-52 passing for 396 yards, four touchdowns, while Pats quarterback Tom Brady threw 19-of-25 for 186 yards, two TDs. Yet the only stat that matters is the W, which Brady came away with. Read about the matchup in the Boston Herald. Read more about the "dominating" Patriots offense in the Boston Globe.
Read about the Patriots-Colts rivalry in the Boston Globe.
Also, read a game recap in the Boston Globe.