Patriots run over Colts to 43-22 victory
The mistakes began early for the Colts, as Luck threw a pick on the third play of the game. One play later, LeGarrette Blount plunged in from two yards out for his first score of the game. After an Indy punt, New England marched down the field and score on another two yard Blount run. From there, the Colts finally woke up, getting on the board on this nice pass to LaVon Brazill.
Late in the half with the score 21-10, we had the most bizarre play of the game. The Patriots were punting, but the snap went over punter Ryan Allen's head. Allen tried to field the ball at his own 3 for some reason and tried to pass it or do something with it. The ball eventually went through the end zone and was ruled a safety. Then on the free kick, Allen injured his shoulder and was out of the game. As a result, kicker Stephen Gostkowski had to punt the rest of the game (and actually did a pretty good job), the Pats went for two on a later touchdown because backup holder is not a position that exists, and eventually Brady came in to hold on an extra point.
The Colts took the free kick and were driving to cut further into the lead, but Luck threw his 2nd pick of the game after the ball bounced off the fullback's shoulder, and the scored remained 21-12 New England at the half.
Indianapolis started the second half with a field goal, then the two teams traded touchdowns to make it 29-22 Patriots (this was the TD the Pats went for two because there was no holder). Early in the fourth though, Blount, who had been churning yards all day, broke free for a 73 yard touchdown, his 4th of the night. It felt like a back breaker, and it was. On the very next offensive play, Luck was intercepted again, the Pats would score another touchdown, and that was it.
Tom Brady for his part did what he needed to do and nothing more, as the Pats concentrated on the ground in the rainy and windy conditions.
The Colts can take solace in getting their first playoff win in the Pagano/Luck era on an incredible comeback. This is still a team with the bright future, especially at quarterback. Luck did throw 7 interceptions in two playoff games though, something that will need to be worked out soon.
The Patriots, meanwhile, advance to the AFC Championship Game. Today they will find out if they are hosting the Chargers or will travel to Denver.