...and I'm sure I'm not the only one.
I realize that this rivalry isn't what it was last year, since neither team is playing like they have in the past, but this turned out to be a pretty close, exciting game. It was mostly mistake free on both sides, until it counted.
BenJarvis Green-Ellis just about had the first down in field goal range. All it would have taken was a QB sneak to get the yards needed to continue the drive.
Unfortunately, it appears as though David Thomas didn't realize Green-Ellis was down and the play was over. He knocked one of the Colts' defenders down well after the play had finished, committing a 15-yard personal foul.
This turned what would have been 3rd and 1 into 3rd and 16, and essentially took the wind out of the Patriots' sails.
Yes, I blame David Thomas for this loss, but what I'm even more concerned with is the awful throws Matt Cassel made in attempt to come back and win.
I certainly didn't expect the Pats to come back with what, 45 seconds or something left in the game? But, my goodness...Cassel's attempts to hit Moss and Gaffney were so ridiculously off the mark that I honestly believe I would have done better myself.
If that's the type of throw I should look for when New England is trying to come from behind in a playoff game, I might as well just call it a season right now.
What makes me sad about this, is that through three quarters, I was very happy with the way the Patriots offense was playing. I didn't even care if they beat the Colts or not. I was simply pleased with the progress they had made.
Now I'm thinking that my day dreams of deep playoff runs are just that...day dreams.