Patriots end 14-game losing streak, hand Colts 8th opening loss in row MacPherson wins in debut, 16-7

September 02, 1991

INDIANAPOLIS -- The New England Patriots ended the NFL's longest losing streak the same way they got their last victory -- three field goals by Jason Staurovsky in the Hoosier Dome.

Tommy Hodson passed for one touchdown, and the field goals by Staurovsky gave New England a 16-7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts yesterday. It ended a 14-game losing streak since a 16-14 victory over the Colts last year, also on one TD pass, by Steve Grogan, and three field goals by Staurovsky.

The end of the Patriots' streak, however, gave Indianapolis its eighth straight season-opening loss, also the longest in the NFL. Dean Biasucci missed four field goal attempts for Indianapolis.

"During the game, I'm rooting against Dean because I want to win the game," Staurovsky said. "After the game, I feel terrible for him, because he's a friend and he's a good kicker, and I hate to see him miss.

"You try not to worry about what Dean's doing. You've got to worry about what Jason's doing," he said. "If I get the opportunity, I've got to make it. That's my job. Fortunately for me, I had a great day, great snaps, great holds, great protection. That's the most important thing."

It was an auspicious NFL coaching debut for New England's Dick MacPherson, who coached at Syracuse University last season.

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