Colts vs. Patriots: 5 Things We Learned from Indy's 31-24 Loss

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Colts vs. Patriots: 5 Things We Learned from Indy's 31-24 Loss
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Usually the most anticipated matchup of the regular season, this year’s installment of the most storied rivalry in the modern NFL was a chapter we probably won’t be revisiting anytime soon.

Today’s clash between the Colts and Patriots lost most of its appeal the moment we found out quarterback Peyton Manning would not be participating in it, and any remaining interest seemed to evaporate at halftime, with the score 17-3 and the Pats clearly in charge, just as you’d expect.

Even though this meeting lacked the dramatic storylines that typically surround it, however, that’s not to say it wasn’t an important one for both clubs involved, as the Patriots entered it with only a two-game lead in the AFC East and the Colts did so still desperate for any chance to evaluate their personnel in advance of arguably the most important offseason in franchise history.

Click on to see the fruits of those efforts, five lessons Indy should remember after their 12th straight loss of the season. 

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