FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Peyton Manning got help from an unlikely source — his defense — and the Colts remained the NFL’s only unbeaten team.

The Patriots also were victimized for the first time by Adam Vinatieri as Indianapolis won 27-20 Sunday night. With his once adoring fans booing, he kicked two field goals in his first game against New England since leaving as a free agent.

But he also missed twice in the second half.

A steady Manning kept the crowd quiet for most of the game and threw for 326 yards and two touchdowns. The Colts, who began the game with five interceptions in seven games, intercepted Tom Brady four times and recovered one fumble.

They allowed no touchdown passes, only two scoring runs by Corey Dillon and two field goals by rookie Stephen Gostkowski. He replaced Vinatieri, the longtime Patriots kicker whose field goals in the final seconds won two Super Bowls.

Indianapolis (8-0) entered the game with the only perfect record after Chicago lost to Miami 31-17 earlier Sunday. The Patriots (6-2) ended a four-game winning streak and dropped a second straight to Indianapolis after winning six in a row.

The Colts became the only team to start consecutive seasons at 8-0 since the Green Bay Packers did it three straight years from 1929-31. And for the first time in his brilliant career, Manning has thrown for 300 yards in three consecutive games.

The Patriots had one last chance after Vinatieri missed from 37 yards with 1:55 left. But on the Patriots’ second play, Brady was intercepted one last time by Cato June.

“That was a tough night all the way around,” Brady said. “The defense really kept us in there with as many turnovers as there were.”

The Colts never trailed as Manning threw the first of his two touchdown passes to Marvin Harrison, a 5-yarder, on their opening possession. Harrison finished with eight catches for 145 yards, just 56 yards fewer than Brady’s total of 201 yards passing.

The Colts began the day tied for 21st in points allowed. But the first sign the defense would be a positive factor came when Antoine Bethea ended the Patriots’ first drive with an interception in the end zone. Manning, now 4-10 against New England, then drove the Colts 68 yards to his first scoring pass to Harrison.

The Patriots did run for 148 yards against the worst rushing defense in the NFL, but that did nothing more than keep them within striking distance.

They tied the game on Dillon’s 1-yard run on the second play of the second quarter. Indianapolis countered with an 82-yard drive capped by Joseph Addai’s 2-yard touchdown run, before New England tied it again on Dillon’s 4-yard run.

Then Terrence Wilkins returned the kickoff 70 yards to the Patriots 29 and Vinatieri put the Colts ahead for good 17-14 with a 33-yard field goal with 1:46 left in the half. New England’s final possession before intermission ended on Bob Sanders’ interception at the Indianapolis 3.

“We’re not going to win many games that way, giving up big plays on special teams, defense,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said.

Vinatieri’s miss on a 37-yarder early in the third quarter was his first failure in 16 attempts this season and ended a string of 12 possessions in which the Colts scored 10 times. The only two times they failed in that stretch were at the end of their last two first halves, when Manning knelt down with the ball.

Harrison’s 4-yard scoring catch made it 24-14 midway through the third quarter. Gostkowski then kicked a 49-yard field goal, Vinatieri connected from 31 and Gostkowski was good again from 26. Harrison’s TD was a twisting, diving one-handed catch in the right edge of the end zone on which he barely dragged both feet in bounds.

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