The NFL’s international series ended with one of the worst displays of football all season as the New England Patriots were dominated 10–6 by the Indianapolis Colts.
Mac Jones threw a goal line pick before getting pulled for Bailey Zappe after the Pats failed to convert multiple redzone opportunities.
Early on, New England drove the ball well behind Ezekiel Elliott’s powerful running. But their offense soon crumbled as Jones was sacked five times by the Colts defense. Indianapolis answered with Jonathan Taylor’s long touchdown run off Michael Pittman Jr.‘s block.
In the second half, Myles Bryant gave New England hope by intercepting a Gardner Minshew pass intended for Pittman Jr. But the Patriots wasted the turnover, missing a field goal from inside 40 yards.
Jones later led New England inside the 10 yard line again, only to throw the backbreaking interception at the goal line. He watched helplessly from the sideline as Zappe also tossed a late pick in a final desperate chance.
Head coach Bill Belichick had no answers about who will start going forward after the abysmal defeat left the Patriots languishing at 2–8 ahead of their bye week. Indianapolis moves to .500 despite playing with their backup quarterback.