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5 Best Indianapolis Colts vs. New England Patriots Games

New England leads the series 52-30.
Indianapolis Colts vs. New England Patriots

The Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots face off this Sunday. While these teams have not been in the same division for 20 years, this has remained a marquee rivalry in the league. Here are the five best games.

5. New England Patriots 31, Indianapolis Colts 28

Sept. 19, 1999 — Foxborough, Mass.

Peyton Manning threw three touchdown passes to Marvin Harrison as Indianapolis jumped out to a 28-7 halftime lead. In the second half, New England's defense shut down Manning and slowly worked its way back. Drew Bledsoe hit tight end Ben Coates to tie the game with three minutes to play. Patriots defensive tackle Brandon Mitchell then recovered an Edgerrin James fumble on the ensuing possession and Adam Vinatieri booted a 26-yard, game-winning field goal with 35 seconds remaining.

4. Indianapolis Colts 35, New England Patriots 34

Nov. 15, 2009  Indianapolis

This game is best known for fourth-and-2. Leading 34-28 against the Colts on the New England 28-yard line with 2:23 remaining, head coach Bill Belichick opted to go for it on fourth-and-2 rather than punt and put the ball back in Peyton Manning's hands. Tom Brady threw a pass to Kevin Faulk who was stopped short of a first down. Indianapolis then scored the winning touchdown four plays later and Belichick was widely criticized.

3. New England Patriots 37 Indianapolis Colts 34

Nov. 15, 1992  Indianapolis

The 4-5 Colts and 0-9 Patriots exchanged leads 10 times and New England kicker Charlie Baumann kicked a 44-yard field goal as time expired to send the game into overtime. Indianapolis got the ball first, but Patriots safety Jerome Henderson intercepted a Jeff George pass and returned it to the Colts 29-yard line. A few plays later, Baumann nailed the winning field goal.

2. Baltimore Colts 34, New England Patriots 27

Sept. 18, 1978  Foxborough, Mass.

The Patriots entered the game as 18-point favorites and led 13-7 going into the fourth quarter of this "Monday Night Football" matchup. Then newly acquired Colts running back Joe Washington had a fourth quarter for the ages. First, he threw a 54-yard touchdown pass to Roger Carr and then caught a 23-yard one from Bill Troup. Later with the game tied at 27-27 in the final minute, Washington took a kickoff and returned it 90 yards for the win.

1. Indianapolis Colts 38, New England Patriots 34 (AFC Championship Game)

Jan. 21, 2007  Indianapolis

Peyton Manning had a history of not performing well in the playoffs and New England and Tom Brady were his arch-nemeses. Even with the home-field advantage, it looked like more of the same when the Patriots jumped out to a 21-3 lead. However, the Colts did not buckle this time. Down 34-31 with less than three minutes, Indianapolis drove 66 yards and a three-yard TD run by Joseph Addai put the Colts up 38-34 with a minute to play. Brady drove New England down to the Indianapolis 45-yard line, but Marlin Jackson intercepted his next pass. In addition to the classic storyline, the Colts' comeback remains the largest in conference championship history.

— Written by Aaron Tallent, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Tallent is a writer whose articles have appeared in The Sweet Science, FOX Sports' Outkick the Coverage, Liberty Island and The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter at @AaronTallent.