Indianapolis Colts running back Frank Gore thought Monday night's 20-7 loss to the New York Jets would have ended differently had he not fumbled.
Although quarterback Andrew Luck had four turnovers, Gore losing the ball without contact on a third-and-goal rush at the Jets' 1-yard line was crucial.
"I'm better than that," the 11th-year pro said. "I can't let that happen."
Gore was trying to run wide when the ball inexplicably popped loose. He tried to gather it in, but it bounded away when he hit the FieldTurf and the Jets recovered. The Colts were trailing 10-0 at the time, but appeared poised to make it a one-score game after driving 79 yards in 18 plays, a possession that chewed up 9 minutes, 47 seconds.
"That would have been a big touchdown," he said. "The game would have went different if I had just went in the end zone.
"Not taking anything away from the Jets, but we're just hurting ourselves, you know? We've just got to clean it up. Last week, and now this week. We've just got to clean it up."
The Colts have committed eight turnovers and are minus-7 in turnover ratio in two double-digit losses.
Gore lost just two fumbles in 255 carries with the San Francisco 49ers last season. He's had only one year, back in 2006, with more than three lost fumbles in his 11 NFL seasons.
"The Jets played a great game," Gore said, "but we've got to stop beating ourselves."
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