The New England Patriots fell to 2-8 on the season after their third straight loss, a 10-6 defeat at the hands of the Indianapolis Colts at Deutsche Bank Park in Frankfurt, Germany on Sunday.
Patriots quarterback Mac Jones finished 15-of-20 passing for 170 yards, no touchdowns, and one interception. His pick came at the worst possible time, as the Pats were in the red zone and threatening for a go-ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter. Jones was benched in favor of Bailey Zappe for the Pats’ final desperation drive.
For a moment, it looked like the game could feature more scoring than it did. The Colts won the opening coin toss and deferred to the second half, giving the Patriots the ball to start the game.
Their opening drive started off strong, with 66 yards gained on their first 10 plays. But a run for no gain and a five-yard sack forced the Pats to settle for a field goal. Rookie kicker Chad Ryland blasted the ball right down the middle to give the Pats a 3-0 lead.
However, their lead was short-lived, because the Colts answered by finding the end zone. On the way there, facing third-and-6, Colts quarterback Gardner Minshew II escaped pressure and completed a 30-yard pass to Isaiah McKenzie to keep the drive going.
They eventually got down to the goal line, where the Patriots stopped them for no gain on the “Tush Push” play made famous by the Philadelphia Eagles. But the Colts opted to go for it on fourth-and-goal, and running back Jonathan Taylor bounced outside to find a seam to the end zone, putting the Colts on top 7-3.