The New England Patriots are only a game away from punching out their Super Bowl tickets after unleashing LeGarrette Blount on the unsuspecting Indianapolis Colts. Blount carried the ball 24 times for 166 yards and four touchdowns, one a sweeping 72-yard scamper that sealed the victory for New England.
The Colts, coming off a game that saw them rally from 28 points down against Kansas City, had no magical answer for Blount or the Patriots offense. Tom Brady was less than stellar, completing 13 of 25 for 198 yards and no touchdowns but heroic efforts in this game all came from Blount. “He’s got that combination of size, power, and quickness and speed,” Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick said in his press conference about Blount. “He can run hard. He can make guys miss and he can go the distance.”
The Patriots defense gave Brady and Blount plenty of chances. For the second consecutive week Andrew Luck was erratic, throwing four interceptions a week after throwing three against the Chiefs. In the end, a power running display puts the New England Patriots in line to take on teh winner of the Chargers-Broncos game on Sunday. Which means we may get to see another Brady Manning duel for an AFC Championship.Eric Drouant