The Patriots’ comeback is halted by Jonathan Taylor’s 67-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter: ‘We’re not going down without a fight.’
On Saturday night, the Colts left the door open for a Patriots comeback. But only until Jonathan Taylor brought the performance to an end.
With a three-point advantage and just over two minutes left in the game, Taylor broke off a 67-yard touchdown run to help put the game out of reach and clinch a 27-17 victory over the Patriots.
“I think it just indicates that we’re a team that’s going to come in and play 60 minutes, four quarters of hard-nosed football wherever we’re at,” Taylor said in an NFL Network postgame interview. “And we’re not going to back down; we’re going to keep pushing until the clock strikes zero.”
Taylor’s last run capped a 170-yard rushing night for the talented second-year back, who averaged 5.9 yards per carry on 29 carries.
The late-inning home run also kept Indianapolis in the AFC South race with the Tennessee Titans, and it moved the Colts up one position in the postseason standings, to the No. 5 seed.
The Colts dominated the Patriots in the first half, leading 20-0 at halftime after dominating on defence and scoring a touchdown on a blocked punt. Mac Jones, the Patriots’ quarterback, made numerous errors early on, but rebounded in the second half courtesy to errors by his counterpart Carson Wentz, whose second-half interception aided the comeback.
Wentz only completed 5 of 12 pass attempts for 57 yards (TD, INT) on the night, but Taylor’s 67-yard run soon erased the dread of what could’ve been a devastating letdown.
“It was really an all-out effort — offensively, defence, special teams — coming together and playing a complete game,” Taylor said.
Taylor leads the league with 1,518 running yards and 18 total touchdowns (16 rushing, two receiving), and is just three games away from making Colts history. Taylor now needs just 192 running yards to break Edgerrin James‘ single-season franchise record of 1,709 yards, which he achieved in his second season (2000).
As Taylor went off the field, chants of “MVP” reverberated throughout Lucas Oil Stadium. But, as the Colts prepare for their last three-game run, which begins on Christmas Day in Arizona, all the 22-year-old could think about was bringing the team into the playoffs.
“It’s a blessing that people think my name should be mentioned in that discourse,” Taylor added. “The only thing on my mind is to make myself available to my team every week. Because we’ll have to give it our all every week to win these games.”
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