The Indianapolis Golds were in firm grip on Saturday’s game against the Patriots for the first three quarters. In that extension, they were able to shut down Bill Belichick’s club, who continued to put 20 unanswered points on the board. However, in the fourth quarter, New England began to show the sparks of life as they went 17-0 to bring them into a field goal shortly before the two-minute warning. But as the waves turned in favor of the Patriots, the Golds decided to knock on Jonathan Taylor’s door.
With just two minutes left in the game, on the second and eighth attempts, Taylor smashed a 67-yard touchdown run that completely broke the game for Indianapolis, winning 27-17 in 15 games this week. Series wins in seven games for New England.
It was an extraordinary night for the Patriots, who suffered from the problems of special teams — including a withdrawn blocked bund for Touchdown — and random game attack and defense. India made good use of those mistakes and was able to jump out of that early front, which helped mitigate the patriots’ belated retreat attempt.
Carson Vents was not asked to do much heavy-lifting in the passing game as he finished only five of his 12 innings at night for 57 yards, one touchdown and interception. He plays tremendously in the night game with respect on his feet by shifting several first downs in important places. Taylor finished 170 yards at the ground, which includes that successful score. Mac Jones, meanwhile, finished 26th at 45 for 299 yards, two touchdowns — for Hunter Henry — and two pix.
To learn more about how this game came to be, check out our takeaways below.
Why the Golds won
In the first three quarters, Indianapolis were mostly able to capitalize on New England’s mistakes and take advantage of two key matches. The weakness of the Patriots in saving the run is enormous. That night the club’s second attack was in full display in possession, where they traveled 78 yards almost to the ground. It culminated in the game’s first touchdown when Wentz completed a shuffle pass to Nyheim Hines following a snap to Taylor. In the first half, 122 runs from India’s total 160 yards came through the running game.
As Indy overcame that advantage it was also able to take advantage of the general bad play of the Patriots. The Golds were able to block a ball after New England allowed a Golds defender to run across the line without injury and put his hand on the football. It was immediately recovered by the Golds in the final zone to create a two-score lead.
Despite the Patriots making their comeback effort in the second half they were able to play the clutch just in time. Taylor’s touchdown run in the fourth quarter was a clear example, but New England’s catch for a field goal after they dropped the football below the Indianapolis 2-yard line proved to be a huge swing in the game. If the Patriots had found the final zone during that drive, they would have trailed by just six, and then Hunter Henry’s second in fourth would have given them the lead.
When Vents had a quiet night in the air, he was very tight with his feet. All three of Indianapolis’ fourth-under changes were made by Vents Sneak, which resulted in points being placed on the board or the clock being wiped out in a late match.
Why the Patriots lost
The Patriots were national enemies for the first three quarters of the game. There were many unnatural plays by Phil Belichick’s group, which contributed to the early backwardness of the Patriots.
To start the day’s game aggressively, they moved the ball well for a moment. As they entered the Indianapolis boundary in the opening possession, they collapsed: Kendrick Bourne rushed 1-yard in an end-round, Shock Mason dismissed a penalty 14-yard pass, and then Jones was dismissed for 15 runs. -Yard loss, which pushed the Patriots to fourth and 30th place.
At night, New England made eight penalties for 50 yards and one contributed directly to the board. In India’s first possession in the second half, kicker Michael Batclay missed an early 46-yard field goal. However, Patriots special timer Brandon King went offside, which not only gave Badgeley another shot, but also pushed him 5 yards closer. He eventually banged on a second try and extended the Golds’ lead to 20.
Mistakes like that affected the team throughout the first three quarters. They were stopped for the first time in the first half after October 2, 2016 against the Bills — generally remembered as the game that started the Jacoby Presset and suspended Tom Brady for the Patriots in place of the injured Jimmy Carpolo.
In the 15th week, the Patriots finished 26th in the league in touchdown percentage in the Red Zone. That problem raised the head in this game, as well as Jones playing in the opening half within two minutes of the Golds’ 6-yard line. After taking the ball up to India’s 2-yard line, the Patriots were forced to settle for a field goal late in the game.
Of course, stopping the run in this game was a big concern because it was one of the few weak points of defense. Those fears were felt throughout the game as the team rushed to 226 yards at 5.8 yards per car.
Despite the setback moment in Taylor’s touchdown game (we’ll touch it down), the sneaky big moment for the Colts to take the win took the Patriots to a field goal at 8:57. Fourth quarter. Instead of going fourth and goal on the Indianapolis 7-yard line, Belichick chose to kick the field goal to bring his team within 10 points. That would be a dangerous decision as New England would need two more possessions to level the game or take the lead. If Belich had chosen to go for it and the Patriots had found the final leg in that fourth-down attempt, they would only need one possession to gain the upper hand over Dutch Town.
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Taylor’s 67-yard run will put him deep in MVP conversations because that run was the boxing the Colts needed for the win. At the time, Indy was sticking to the three-point presence and trying to keep the drive alive to kill the clock. Instead of simply moving the chains, Taylor extended the Golds ‘presence, which effectively eliminated the Patriots’ chances of a comeback.
This is Taylor’s 11th straight game against Touchdown, the longest active streak in the NFL since the Latin American Tomlinson’s 12-game streak in 2004. Hall of Famer Edgar’s James, a Goldsmith, was the only player in NFL history to reach the age of 23 (35) with the most touchdowns (Taylor turns 23 in January).
From here, the Patriots will head back to Foxborough and wait for a major match with buffalo bills at Gillette Stadium. Meanwhile, the Golds will head down the road to meet the cardinals in Arizona on Christmas.