Patriots' 10 best playoff games
5. Patriots 20, Colts 3AFC Divisional, January 16, 2005
Why does this game, a divisional round victory, rate higher than the AFC title game win over the Colts the previous season? Easy: It happened after the Colts complaints about the physical play of the Patriots defensive backs resulted in rule changes during the previous offseason that benefited passing teams. Did we mention that Colts GM Bill Polian was a member of the competition committee at the time? In snowy conditions, Manning failed to throw a touchdown pass, while the Patriots used a ball-control offense and the legs of Corey Dillon (144 yards) to end Indianapoliss season again. No truth to the rumor the Colts tried to ban running the football, weather, and New England after this one.