Jonathan Taylor ayuda a los Colts a darle la vuelta a los Patriots con 27-17 victoria

Los potros (8-6) solidificó sus esperanzas de playoffs al ganar por quinta vez en seis juegos y poner fin a una racha de ocho derrotas consecutivas ante los rivales Patriots (9-5).

Taylor ha corrido para un touchdown en 11 straight games to tie Hall of Famer Lenny Moore for the longest streak in franchise history.

HAGA CLIC AQUÍ PARA OBTENER MÁS COBERTURA DEPORTIVA .

New England had won seven straight and started the weekend in the top spot of the AFC playoff chase. But the Patriots could not overcome a 20-0 deficit because of too many uncharacteristic mistakes, including Taylor’s game-saving run.

Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor (28) is congratulated by Kylen Granson (83) and Eric Fisher (79) after scoring on a 67-yard touchdown run during the second half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots Saturday, dic. 18, 2021, in Indianapolis.

Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor (28) is congratulated by Kylen Granson (83) and Eric Fisher (79) after scoring on a 67-yard touchdown run during the second half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots Saturday, dic. 18, 2021, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

The game had a little bit of everything — drama, physical play, shouting matches, even a fight that led to the ejections of Patriots safety Kyle Dugger and Colts receiver Michael Pittman Jr.

But Indy won this one by stealing a page out of Bill Belichick’s playbook — using the ground game to chew up the clock and closing it out with a back-breaking play in the waning minutes. It was Indy’s first win over New England since 2009.

Y todavía, it didn’t have to be this close.

The Colts and Taylor sent an early message by starting their second series with seven straight running plays before Taylor took a direct snap, handed off to Carson Wentz and then Wentz flipped the ball to Nyheim Hines for an 8-yard scoring pass and a 7-0 Plomo.

Matthew Adams followed that by blocking Jake Bailey’s punt that E.J. Speed recovered in the end zoner for a 14-0 lead — New England’s largest deficit since a Week 3 loss to New Orleans.

The Colts added a 25-yard field goal before halftime and another early in the third quarter to make it 20-0.

Rookie quarterback Mac Jones finally got the Patriots righted in the fourth quarter. He threw a 12-yard TD pass from Jones to Hunter Henry and after Nick Folk’s short field goal made it 20-10, Jones hooked up with Henry for a 7-yard scoring pass with 2:21 izquierda.

Two plays later, Taylor eluded one tackle and sprinted to the front corner of the end zone.

INJURY REPORT

Patriotas: Played without top rusher Damien Harris (hamstring) and lost linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley (tobillo) conduciendo a un. Receiver Nelson Agholor left late in the third quarter with a head injury. Agholor eventually was taken to the locker room.

Potros: Center Ryan Kelly missed his second straight game after being a late scratch. He was activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday but was listed on the injury report with an injured knee and missed time because of a personal matter. Linebacker Darius Leonard left briefly in the first half with a right shoulder or arm injury and cornerback Xavier Rhodes walked off the field early in the fourth quarter.

HASTA LA PRÓXIMA

Patriotas: Host Buffalo next Sunday.

Potros: At Arizona next Saturday night.

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