In Indy by Justin Trandel

My favorite Patriots memory dates back to 2003 vs. Indianapolis. I was at the RCA Dome, and the Patriots led, 38-34, late in the game. The Colts had taken over at midfield with about 3 minutes left in the game and had driven for a first down at the Patriots 2-yard line with about 40 seconds left. Colts running back Edgerrin James gained one yard on first down and was stopped for no gain on second. The Colts called their last timeout. After an incompletion, the game came down to a fourth-and-goal play from the 1-yard line. Colts quarterback Peyton Manning snapped the ball and handed it off to James, but it didn’t matter. Willie McGinest came off the edge like a missile and made the game-clinching tackle in the backfield! I was only 7 years old at the time, but I will never forget jumping up and down in excitement after Willie made the tackle! I also won’t forget the angry looks directed my way from the speechless RCA dome crowd! Not only was this a great game, but it also represents the great Patriots-Colts battles that would follow in the coming years!

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