Bert Jones threw three touchdown passes, two to Ray Butler, as the Baltimore Colts broke a 14-game losing streak with a 23-21 victory over the New England Patriots today.
Jones threw touchdown passes of 53 and 37 yards to Butler and passed five yards to Don McCauley for a third score. Mike Wood kicked a 30-yard field goal for the Colts, who had opened the season with a victory in New England.
Both teams finished at 2-14, but New England will get the first pick in the college draft because Baltimore played a tougher schedule under the NFL tie breaker formula. A crowd of 17,073 -- 19 more than the number of no-shows -- attended.
It was the smallest crowd in the NFL this season.
The 21 points were the fewest allowed this season by Baltimore, which yielded an NFL record 533 points.
New England, which lost its ninth straight, scored on a two-yard pass from Matt Cavanaugh to Don Westbrook with 1:58 left. It got the ball back on its 17 with 1:03 left, but was stopped at the Baltimore 15 on the final play.
Baltimore took a 17-14 lead late in the second quarter on Jones' 53-yard scoring pass to Butler. On their first drive of the second half, the Colts drove for their final touchdown, with Butler and Jones combining on a 37-yard scoring play.