Originally written on NBC Connecticut  |  Last updated 12/5/11
For three quarters Sunday, the Patriots dominated the Colts. Then they held on for a 31-24 victory, their fourth straight win, running their record to 9-3, tied for the best record in the AFC (with the Texans, Ravens and Steelers) and two games clear of the Jets in the AFC East. This New England-Indianapolis get-together was unlike the previous versions because the Colts future Hall of Fame quarterback, Peyton Manning, was on the sidelines -- where's he's been all season -- with a neck injury. These matchups had become one of the best rivalries in the league but the suspense was lacking this time around. It happens when two teams are going in opposite directions, and that includes Indy's winless streak, which reached 12 games Sunday. It's been a month since the Patriots lost back-to-back contests to the Steelers and Giants. And now, as happens almost every season, New England looks like one of the league's best teams and they're led by quarterback Tom Brady. But unlike prior ite...
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