Steve Beauharnais was inactive. Spikes had to be out there, and he played all he could, right into the overtime.
It was a courageous effort.
What the future holds
When it comes to the playoffs, this victory was huge. Instead of New England being stuck with the Bengals and Colts at 7-4 and probably looking like a longshot for the No. 2 seed, the Pats are a game behind Denver, with the tie-breaker head-to-head for the top spot and a bye.
The lead is now three games in the AFC East, too.
One of the most unexpected comebacks in history has this franchise’s playoff hopes looking way up.