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Indianapolis Colts perform the worst play in NFL history vs New England Patriots

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The Indianapolis Colts played against the New England Patriots last night in the first meeting of the two sides since their infamous AFC Championship game. 

New England won by 34-27 in what was a much closer game this time around, but once again, it wasn't without controversy.

No I'm not talking about more deflated footballs, or Tom Brady supposedly cheating, or the Patriots spying on the other team, or even headsets going down like they did in the season opener. In fact, the current Super Bowl champions didn't even cause this one to happen.


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But the events which happened will be remembered as one of, if not, the worst play in the history of the NFL. Ever.

On a fourth-and-three on their own 37-yard line in the third quarter, down by a touchdown, the Colts switched out of their original and normal-looking punt formation into something rather unusual. Nine players, including the punter, shifted out to the right, leaving two by the ball, wide receiver Griff Whalen snapping the ball, with safety Colt Anderson under center.

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Looking at the situation, you would have thought 'Ok I haven't seen this before, but surely, they're just trying to cause the Patriots to go offside so they can have a fresh set of downs?' Haha, you thought wrong!

Whalen snapped the ball to Anderson, who was taken out immediately by two Patriots players, resulting in a turnover on downs, giving the AFC East team good field possession and still up by a touchdown.

Alongside the fact it didn't work, it was also flagged for illegal formation, which the Patriots declined.

What on earth were the Colts thinking? How on earth did someone draw this up and someone said 'I think this might work'? How did it make it into the playbook?

These questions might never be answered, due to the sheer embarrassment of coming up with the worst play in the NFL history.

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