The Indianapolis Colts inexplicably ran one of the worst fake punts in NFL history against the New England Patriots on Sunday night, and they've caught some serious heat for it -- and rightfully so. The Colts were trailing by six with 1:14 left in the third quarter, and rather than punting the ball away, Chuck Pagano called this play.
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Needless to say, it didn't work, and Pagano took full responsibility for it. Still, that didn't stop fans from sharing their thoughts on the botched play. It also didn't stop Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman from doing the same.
"You know, you're not surprised with anything, how they play," Edelman told reporters after the game, via CSNNE.com. "They tried the onside kick. They did that. You know. Colts."
Edelman would continue, shaming the Colts and thanking them for attempting the terrible fake.
"I'm glad they did it," he continued. "We got the ball back with great field position. We were alert. Our guys went to where we had to go. And, um, shame on them, trying that again."
"Shame on you" is probably what owner Jim Irsay is saying to Pagano after that play, and it's reportedly got him in some hot water. For a coach that was already on the hot seat, it probably wasn't the best play call. Now, Pagano's seat likely just got hotter.
Belichick wasn't as harsh with his words, but he also didn't give the Colts much credit for their attempt.
"We didn't know what the play was going to be obviously, but they went to a swinging-gate type play, went into the over-shift, and we wanted to make sure we covered the inside part," Belichick said. "[They] reacted well to it. That was a good heads-up play by our punt return unit."