FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — LeGarrette Blount had four touchdown runs and the New England Patriots kept Andrew Luck from a second straight comeback win, beating the Indianapolis Colts 43-22 on Saturday night to advance to their third consecutive AFC championship game.
Blount scored on three 2-yard runs in the first half, then burst through the right side of the line and rambled 73 yards into the end zone, where he placed the ball gently on the ground made soggy by a game-long rain.
On the next series, Luck threw his third interception and the Patriots capitalized with Stevan Ridley’s second touchdown run, a 1-yarder that finished the scoring with 11:12 left.
The Patriots (13-4) will face the winner of Sunday’s game between Denver and San Diego. The Colts (12-6) never led.
|Unofficial Final Statistics|
|Indianapolis||7 5 10||0 — 22|
|New England||14 7||8 14 — 43|
|NWE – TD, LeGarrette Blount, 2-yard run (Stephen Gostkowski kick), 13:41|
|NWE – TD, LeGarrette Blount, 2-yard run (Stephen Gostkowski kick), 7:17|
|IND – TD, Andrew Luck, 38-yard pass to LaVon Brazill (Adam Vinatieri kick), 4:35|
|NWE – TD, LeGarrette Blount, 2-yard run (Stephen Gostkowski kick), 10:54|
|IND – FG, Adam Vinatieri, 36 yards, 5:35|
|IND – Safety, , 0-yard fumble return. Tackled in end zone, 2:18|
|IND – FG, Adam Vinatieri, 21 yards, 10:03|
|NWE – TD, Stevan Ridley, 3-yard run (Stevan Ridley 2PT Run), 6:18|
|IND – TD, Andrew Luck, 35-yard pass to LaVon Brazill (Adam Vinatieri kick), 5:01|
|NWE – TD, LeGarrette Blount, 73-yard run (Stephen Gostkowski kick), 12:55|
|NWE – TD, Stevan Ridley, 1-yard run (Stephen Gostkowski kick), 11:12|
|RUSHING (Team: player, attempts-yards)|
|IND: Donald Brown 17-63, Andrew Luck 1-5, Trent Richardson 3-1.|
|NWE: LeGarrette Blount 24-166, Stevan Ridley 14-52, Shane Vereen 5-17, Ryan Allen 1-0, James Develin 1-0, Tom Brady 1-(minus 1).|
|PASSING (Team: player, completions-attempts-interceptions-yards)|
|IND: Andrew Luck 20-41-4-331.|
|NWE: Tom Brady 13-25-0-198.|
|RECEIVING (Team: player, receptions-yards)|
|IND: Coby Fleener 6-74, Griff Whalen 5-67, T.Y. Hilton 4-103, LaVon Brazill 2-73, Donald Brown 1-3, Jack Doyle 1-7, Stanley Havili 1-4.|
|NWE: Julian Edelman 6-84, Danny Amendola 3-77, Shane Vereen 2-16, Austin Collie 1-15, Michael Hoomanawanui 1-6.|
Source: Associated Press