Watch one of the most eagerly anticipated NFL football games of the year live online Sunday night when the New England Patriots march into Indianapolis, seeking revenge against the Colts — the team that ignited the “Deflategate” scandal in the January 18 AFC Championship Game between the Patriots and the Colts. Patriots fans are expecting, or at least hoping, that their team will score 50 or 60 points, not only defeating the Colts, but humiliating them.
Even Las Vegas is expecting a blowout in the Patriots vs. Colts Sunday Night Football game, installing New England as 10-point favorites — on the road.
The Patriots stampeded over the Colts in the AFC Championship game, winning by a lopsided 45-7 score. But after the game, it was reported that the Colts had complained to NFL officials that the Patriots were playing with footballs that were inflated somewhat below the league-mandated minimum 12.5 pounds per square inch.
The allegation somehow provoked the league into a multimillion dollar investigation, and accusations by NFL Comissioner Roger Goodell that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady orchestrated a “scheme” to deflate the footballs and cover up the offense later. Goodell suspended Brady for the first four games of the season, a suspension that was overturned by a federal judge in September.
Had Brady been forced to serve the suspension, Sunday’s game against the Colts would have been his first of the season. Instead, Brady has played all four games for the Patriots so far — and leads the NFL with 347 passing yards per game, leading the New England offense, which is second in the league, with 37.3 points per game.
And instead of Brady making his season debut Sunday, the Colts are hoping that fourth-year quarterback Andrew Luck can make his return from a shoulder injury that has kept him out of action for the Colts’ previous two games.
Indianapolis leads the AFC South Division with a 3-2 record while the Patriots occupy their familiar perch atop the AFC East, with a perfect 4-0 mark.
To find out how to watch the New England Patriots vs. Indianapolis Colts NFL Sunday Night Football game live online, see the streaming link in the final paragraph of this article. Kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Sunday, October 18, 5:30 Pacific Time.
The Patriots and Colts have faced each other four times since Luck took over as quarterback in 2012, a year after Indianapolis let future Hall of Fame signal caller Peyton Manning leave the team and join the Denver Broncos. The Patriots have not only won all four of those games — two in the regular season two in the postseason — they have completely dominated their midwestern rivals, outscoring the Colts by an aggregate 189-73.
In the past three games, the Patriots, who are never known for their running game, have smashed through the Colts defense for 657 yards on the ground at an eye-opening 5.1 yards per carry.
One fan hoping that the Patriots will get their revenge by running up the score on the Colts is none other than Tom Brady Sr., father of the Patriots quarterback.
“As long as they have one point more than the Colts, I’m fine… That being said, I’d like to see them put 60 points on the board, and love to see Tom throw for 500 yards and eight touchdowns. That’s me dreaming.”
Will the New England Patriots punish the Colts, running up the score as revenge for the Deflategate scandal? Or will the Indianapolis Colts shock the Patriots, pulling off the most unexpected upset of the season? To find out, watch the New England Patriots vs. Indianapolis Colts NFL 2015 Sunday Night Football matchup live online, via NBC Sports Live Extra, by clicking on this link. Streaming video of the Patriots vs. Colts will also be available on tablet computers by downloading the NBC Sports Live Extra app, as well as on set-top devices such as the Roku and Apple TV. Due to contractual agreements, streaming NFL football games are not available on smartphones.
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