by Scott Benson

Hold off on those pealing church bells, America. The New England Patriots are still the baddest mothers in the land.

Much to the chagrin of the Moral Majority of Professional Football, the Forces of Evil ripped the heart out of the Heartland yesterday with a comeback 24-20 win over the world champion Indianapolis Colts, a triumph that ranks among the most thrilling and satisfying of the Bill Belichick Era.      

Even an officiating crew populated by the first graduating class of the Bill Polian School of Refereeing couldn’t stop them.

Though it didn’t seem like it for most of the day, even to the most faithful Patriots fan, the win was a note-perfect response to last January’s devastating loss in the AFC Championship Game. This time, the Pats played a full sixty minutes in the RCA Dome, and they needed virtually every second of it to climb off their knees and escape with their perfect record still intact.

Time is not on our side this morning, so we’ll be back later with more reaction, and more tributes to a team that, even after all this time, still has jawdropping surprises in store for even its most ardent and devoted followers. For now, be sure to check Bruce Allen’s Boston Sports Media Watch for complete coverage of yesterday’s incredible win.