Peyton Manning Leads Indianapolis Colts in Comeback Over Patriots, 35-34

Tyler StimsonCorrespondent INovember 16, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 15:  Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts greets Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots after the game at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 15, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The Colts won the game 35-34. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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It was early in the fourth quarter. Peyton Manning had been stymied by the Patriots defense yet again.

He had been outdueled by Tom Brady.

Trailing by 17 points, the Colts bid at perfection looked over. But then Peyton Manning happened. He led three fourth quarter TD drives to win 35-34.

Peyton Manning hit Reggie Wayne on a two-yard TD pass with :12 remaining, which made the difference.

Bill Belichick made a very controversial decision, deciding to go for it on fourth and two with 2:00 minutes to go, instead of making Peyton Manning drive 60-70 yards.

But I think he made the right call.

Hindsight is 20/20. I like the Patriots chances of winning more with the decision than without. If they get it, the game's over.

If they punt, I like Peyton Manning's chances of driving down the field with a full two minutes and a timeout.

Never bet against Peyton Manning at night. Even against the Patriots.

Bill Belichick made the right decision, he put the game in Tom Brady's hands. And they came up just short.

This was the largest fourth quarter comeback against the Patriots in the Bill Belichick era.

The Colts move to 9-0. They are one step closer to securing home field advantage.

If you need a dramatic comeback in the fourth quarter, there is no other QB I'd rather have than Peyton Manning.

There is no other quarterback I'd rather have, period. He makes first and second year receivers, like Austin Collie and Pierre Garcon look like seasoned veterans.

This was a big step towards securing home-field advantage, and therefore a chance at a second Super Bowl for Peyton Manning and the Colts.

What a game.

What a comeback.

It's game's like this, which remind me why I love football.