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Postgame Comment: New England 24, Colts 20

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Another RCA Dome Embarrassment
Patriots Beat Refs, Preserve Perfect Season

Cheaters never win. Winners never cheat.

Let that be a lesson to the Indianapolis Colts and the officials they've bought.

Against insurmountable odds of dozens of horrendous calls and non-calls, the New England Patriots proved Justice can reign supreme -- even if the good guys have to do all the work themselves.

Offensive pass interference on Randy Moss?

Ultimately, it didn't matter.

I'd say the officials missed a great game, but they didn't. This was pure, unadulterated embarrassment for the league.

I've never been so disgusted, and that includes January's AFC Championship. The officiating in this game was worse than any game I've seen Jeff Tripplette work, far worse than when Seattle got robbed in the Super Bowl against Pittsburgh.

Penalties:
Patriots: 10 for 146 yards
Colts: 4 for 25 yards

But it didn't matter. The best team in the league proved beyond the shadow of a doubt why they are the best. They showed what real character is. What it really means to be champions.

We have 2 weeks to talk about this game and the intact potential perfect season.

For now, enjoy the one. The Patriots have beaten the Evil Empire -- again. In their house. Against all odds.

Poll

Who was the Week 9 Loser of the Game at Indianapolis?

This poll is closed

  • 3%
    Jim Nantz: Called Brady "Manning" and the Patriots "Colts"
    (18 votes)
  • 11%
    Phil Simms: Said pass interference against Moss was correct call
    (57 votes)
  • 7%
    Peyton Manning: Choked in another big game
    (39 votes)
  • 77%
    John Parry: Worst officiating job ever
    (394 votes)
508 votes total Vote Now