NFL Twitter in Shock as Colts Beat New England Patriots; AFC Blown Wide Open

Published 12/19/2021, 4:23 AM EST
Dec 18, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor (28) runs the ball for a 69 yard touchdown during the second half against the New England Patriots at Lucas Oil Stadium. Colts won 27-17. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports| Courtesy: Reuters


The New England Patriots fell short of a comeback against the Indianapolis Colts late during Saturday night’s game. The Week 15 matchup proved to be a mere disappointment for the Patriots. They failed to take their winning streak to a new high this season and snapped off against the Colts.

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New England was about to make a huge comeback. However, they got hampered by a dubious fourth-down decision by Bill Belichick. A costly penalty and an inability to slow down Jonathan Taylor on the ground proved to be the main reason why that plan failed.

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New England Patriots fell short of a TD for a gigantic comeback

The Patriots had numerous low spots on the evening, including punter Jake Bailey’s punt being blocked and recovered for a touchdown by the Colts’ E.J. Speed. The Patriots were behind 20-0 in the fourth quarter before a spirited comeback attempt fell short.

Mac Jones, the Patriots’ rookie quarterback, battled tremendously in the first half, but he played much better in the second. His fourth-quarter heroics brought the game close before Taylor clinched the victory with a game-winning 67-yard touchdown run.

The Patriots fell to 9-5, while the Colts advanced to 8-6. Here’s a peek at Twitter’s reaction to the final outcome.

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Jonathan Taylor steals the win

It’s not every day that the NFL talks about Jonathan Taylor‘s impressive speed and exceptional abilities as a running back. According to Next Gen Stats, Taylor touched 22.13 mph on the game-winning play, outracing Patriots cornerback J.C. Jacksons into the end zone.

The Patriots had committed a costly fourth-quarter penalty prior to Taylor’s big run. They used a jumbo set, and for a false start, second-year offensive tackle Mike Onwenu got flagged. That forced the team to convert a far more difficult third-down conversion.

After a difficult primetime loss, the Patriots face the Buffalo Bills at home next week in a huge rematch. The running defense has to make amends to their approach. Jones must take better care of the ball, and the special teams cannot repeat their Saturday performance.

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Sauvik Banerjee

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Sauvik Banerjee is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Bachelor’s degree in English and Economics from Lucknow University, Sauvik combined his love for NFL and passion for writing to work for team ES. Sauvik has functioned as a content marketing intern at Kyari Innovations and had a brief stint with Knocksense Lucknow.

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