Cincinnati is in position to not only host a playoff game, but would be the #2 seed and get a bye if the season ended today, thanks to both Denver losing in D.C., and the Patriots losing to the Colts to fall to 6-3. The latter was an epic game. Both Brady and Manning were excellent. It does appear that New England is a little bit more balanced and they were the better team most of the
night. But the Colts pulled a rabbit out of their hat. A failed 4th-and-2 by the Patriots on their own 30 with two minutes left set up Indy for the winning touchdown in a 35-34 thriller.
I have mixed feelings about Belichick's decision on fourth down. I would definitely have punted, but I don't know that it was the complete screwup that it's being painted as. With the full two minutes to go, playing indoors against Peyton, I can see the logic of putting the ball in Brady's hands to win the game on that single play. Still wouldn't have done it, but I understand where the coach was coming from. Of far greater concern was New England's inability to put the game away after an interception game them the ball in Indy territory and a 31-21 lead. Put it in the end zone and we are not having this conversation.
Say "35-34" to any Redskins fan over the age of 35 and you'll get the memory of the 1979 finale, when we lost the Cowboys in the finale.
Had we won, we'd have been the top seed in the NFC. The loss knocked us out completely, in an incredibly tight conference race. New England fans now have their own bad memory.