The Indianapolis Colts had the undefeated New England Patriots on the ropes for most of their game Sunday night. The Colts were actually leading the Patriots at halftime after forcing Tom Brady to throw his first interception of the season, which was a pick-six.
It looked as though the Colts were going to avenge their loss in last year’s AFC Championship game until late in the third quarter. The Patriots had taken a 27-21 lead and the Colts had the ball at their own 37-yard line facing a fourth and three.
You would think, only being down by six, that the Colts would just punt the ball away and try to hold of the Patriots. That is when head coach Chuck Pagano called one of the strangest plays of the NFL season.
Actually, this call was probably the worst in all of football history. The Colts lined up for a punt and then the entire formation changed and it ended up with safety Colt Anderson taking the snap under center from wide receiver Griff Whalen with no other blockers around.
This is how it turned out.
The bad thing about that is the Patriots offense scored on the ensuing drive and took a 34-21 lead. That terrible play call essentially cost the Colts the game and pushed them to 3-3 on the season.
And people wonder why Pagano is on the hot seat this year.