October 21, 2001
RCA Dome (56,127) - Turf
1:00 p.m. EDT
This week's game will be broadcast regionally on CBS (locally on WBZ Channel 4 in Boston). Ian Eagle will provide the play-by play detail and will be joined by broadcast partner Solomon Wilcots.
WBCN's Rock Radio Network 104.1 FM. Gil Santos, now in his 25th season as voice of the Patriots, will call the action along with former Patriots center Peter Brock.
The New England Patriots (2-3) will travel to Indianapolis to battle the Colts (2-2) this Sunday. Last week the Patriots enjoyed a dramatic 29-26 win in overtime over the San Diego Chargers, while the Colts lost 23-18 to the Oakland Raiders.
Second-year quarterback Tom Brady, who made his NFL starting debut against the Colts in Week 3, led all NFL quarterbacks with 364 yards passing in just his third career start last week. He completed 33 of 54 passes, including the first two touchdown tosses of his career, to earn Patriots Miller Liter Player of the Game honors. He directed the Patriots offense on scoring drives on each of their last three possessions, including overtime, to score 13 unanswered points in a 29-26 victory over the San Diego Chargers. His 33 completions and 54 attempts rank fifth and seventh, respectively, in franchise history and his 364 yards passing was the most by a Patriot since Drew Bledsoe passed for 379 yards at Indianapolis in 1999. Brady became the first quarterback, other than Bledsoe, to lead the Patriots to consecutive home victories since Hugh Millen did so in 1991.
Terry Glenn returned from a four-game suspension and sparked the Patriots offense, providing 6 receptions for 97 yards and a touchdown in the first half. He finished the game with 7 receptions for 110 yards. It was his 13th 100-yard game of his career. Troy Brown led all receivers with 11 receptions for 117 yards.
This week's game will be the second meeting between the two teams in three weeks (22 days). In their last matchup, the Patriots scored a 44-13 victory. In that game, the Patriots defense outscored the Colts with a pair of interceptions returned for touchdowns by Otis Smith (78 yards) and Ty Law (23 yards). The interception returns highlighted what was the most impressive defensive effort of the season by the Patriots. In that game, the defense limited Edgerrin James to just 55 yards on 17 carries (3.2 avg.) and intercepted Peyton Manning three times. It was the sixth consecutive victory over the Colts in Foxboro and the Patriots ninth win in their last 11 games in the series. The Patriots only losses to the Colts have been at Indianapolis the past two years. The Patriots own an 11-6 record in Indianapolis, but have not won there since 1998.
Last year, the Patriots claimed a 24-16 victory over the Colts at home (10/8/00). Then, two weeks later, they traveled to Indianapolis, and took a 23-14 lead in the third quarter after scoring on each of their first five possessions. But, the Colts scored 16 unanswered points in the fourth to win the game, 30-23.