TDIF: Patriots Defeat Colts in Season Opener

Indianapolis Colts, New England Patriots, TCIPF Staff, This Day in NFL History

Eight years ago today, the New England Patriots defeated the Indianapolis Colts in the 2004 season opener. Before entering the game, Colts kicker Mike Vanderjagt had made forty-two straight field goals; that streak ended in the final seconds, when he missed the game-tying field goal. A rematch from last season’s Patriots’ victory in the 2003 AFC Championship Game, Colts quarterback Peyton Manning tasted defeat yet again from his highly-competitive foe, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Vanderjagt’s miss was another factor that helped brew the Manning/Brady rivalry into what it has become today – the two quarterbacks will face each other in week five of the 2012 season.

Here’s a look back at the Patriots 27-24 victory over the Colts in 2004, as originally presented on Inside the NFL.

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