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Patriots and Colts Face Off Again: Where Sunday's Game Ranks in the Rivalry
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The New England Patriots defeated the Indianapolis Colts, 31-28, last night in the latest installment of one of the most heated rivalries in all of sports.

It's another notch in Bill Belichick's belt, whose team takes a 6-5 lead in the head-to-head series since the Colts relocated to the AFC South following the 2001 season. The Pats and Colts have met eight times in the regular season, and three times in the postseason.

The two best teams of the decade have combined for four Super Bowl's, five MVP's, and a collection of the NFL's most entertaining games ever. Tom Brady even made his first career start against the Colts after the injury to Drew Bledsoe, and proceeded to win his next six games against Indy. Each game in the series has held a special significance for both teams, and their seemingly annual get-togethers are often used as a determinate for how their season's will end.

But where does the importance of Sunday's game rank among the past 11 match-ups? Read on to find out.

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