Top Plays of 2010: #2 – Sanders Picks Peyton

Pats fans still have post-traumatic stress disorder following the Colts miraculous comeback in the 2006 AFC Championship Game.  The 4th and 2 game in 2009 was yet another punch to the gut.  So last year, with Peyton Manning and the Colts roaring back from a huge 2nd half deficit, Patriots Nation was all but prepared for yet another disaster. 

Then, the seemingly unthinkable happened.  Instead of throwing a game-winning touchdown pass to the end zone, Manning lobbed up a turkey that was subsequently hauled in by James Sanders.  Many people were pointing fingers at Manning after the game for throwing such a bad pass.  To be fair though, Jermaine Cunningham brought some solid pressure on the pass rush, and Sanders did make a pretty nice grab, falling backwards to ice the game. 

No single play in 2010 made me happier than this one, which is why it’s ranked solidly at #2.

Past Top Plays

#3 – Zoltan’s Game-Saving Punt

#4 – Chung’s Miami Heroics

#5 – Moss Blows Up Revis Island

#6 – Branch’s Turkey Day TD

#7 – McCourty’s Heads Up Pick of Favre

#8 – Woodhead’s Darting TD Against Indy

#9 – McCourty Forces Snow Fumble

#10 – Sanders TAINTs Roethlisberger

#11 – Gronk’s Hopping TD

#12 – Branch’s TD in the Snow

Derek Hanson

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Doctor by day, blogger by night, Derek Hanson is the founder of the Bloguin Network and has been a Patriots fan for more than 20 years.