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Patriots get ahead early on Colts

The Patriots scored on their opening possession, converting a Willie Clay fumble recovery into a 44-yard touchdown drive. The Patriots took the lead and ran winning the game 20-17.

Todd Collins forced Marshall Faulk to fumble on the Colt's opening drive. It was recoverd by Clay on the Colt's 44-yard line to give the Patriots the momentum swing. Drew Bledsoe threw a three-yard touchdown pass to Sam Gash to cap off the opening drive.
The Colts responed with their 69-yard scoring drive which ended on a 24-yard field goal by Cary Balnchard.
Then on the ensuing kickoff the Patriots challenged the Colts as Adam Vinatieri booted a field goal of his own.
Vinatieri was called upon again, as time was winding down in the half he booted a 48-yard field goal to make the score 13-3.
The Patriots final scoring drive occurred in the fourth quarter when Bledsoe hit Troy Brown on an 18-yard touchdown strike for the 20-17 win.

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