New England Patriots

Nov. 2, 1998

The Patriots found themselves in a four-way tie for first place in the AFC East. The Jets, Dolphins and Bills were the other three teams in that temporary traffic jam.

Then there were the Indianapolis Colts, stuck at the bottom of the division with a 1-7 record after their 21-16 loss to the Pats.

It easily could have gone the other way. Rookie wide receiver Tony Simmons teamed with quarterback Drew Bledsoe for a 63-yard touchdown pass 24 seconds into the fourth quarter for what proved to be the game-winner.

Colts rookie quarterback Peyton Manning kept some pressure on the Pats, but ultimately did more to ensure Indy’s fate. Lawyer Malloy picked off two Manning passes in the fourth quarter.

Alas, the Pats faded away in the AFC East race, winning just four more games the rest of the season.