It was the one game everybody was talking about and afterwards, the Patriots fan base was breathing a sigh of relief when Brady kneeled down to finish the Colts off in a close one, 34-27.
The Pats were silent all week about getting revenge on the Colts for deflategate and even more silent after the game about accomplishing revenge, instead they let their talking happen on the field.
The Colts played their best football all season on offense in the first half against the Patriots and only held a one point lead at the half, 21-20. The Colts defense in the first half, however, was the same ole Colts defense. They couldn’t stop Brady for anything. The Colts defense had two lucky breaks, a bobbled Edelman pass that went for a pick six and a pass interference call on Scott Chandler when the tight end thought he had pulled in a touchdown.
The Patriots defense had an awful first half against the Colts, couldn’t stop the run, the pass, and couldn’t get pressure on Andrew Luck, but this was a game of two halves.
Luck connected with Moncrief for a touchdown on the Colts first series from five yards out, beating Butler. The Colts took over 7 minutes on the drive.
The Patriots would answer right back, with Brady finding Edelman on a 12 yard touchdown pass. On that play, Edelman seemed to hurt his finger and wasn’t really the same, dropping three passes and bobbling one into a defenders hand, leading to Brady’s first INT of the season. The first quarter would end, but the Pats would begin the 2nd QT with a field goal to go up 10-7.
After a Colts punt the Pats would get the ball back, but Brady threw a pass right into Edelman’s hand that the usually sharp, but injured WR, bobbled up in the air, allowing Mike Adams to intercept it and return it for a touchdown, giving the Colts the 14-10 lead.
The Pats would answer right back with Blount breaking free for a 38 yard touchdown. The Colts, however, would answer back when Luck drove up the field and found T.Y. Hilton for a 3 yard touchdown, giving them the lead.
Brady would lead his team right back up the field and with seconds left hit Scott Chandler for a touchdown, but it would be called back for PI, leading to a field goal at the half. The Pats were trailing 20-21 at halftime.
The 2nd half was totally different, however, for the Patriots. They made adjustments on the defense and the Colts would only manage 6 points in the 2nd half. They would apply steady pressure to Luck and get 2.5 sacks on the QB. They also held up much better in coverage. The one touchdown the Colts did get was at the end of the game with a little over a minute left when Luck hit Whalen for an 18 yard touchdown. Of course, Gronk recovered the onside kick, ending the game. The Colts did miss the extra point, thanks to Jamie Collins hurdling the entire OL of the Colts and making the block. It was an amazing play.
The Patriots came out with the ball to begin the 2nd half and Brady lead them on a scoring drive, finding Gronk for a 25 yard touchdown pass. He hit the big guy wide open who rumbled on in for a touchdown. The Pats went up 27-21 and never looked back.
The game really turned in the Pats favor when the Colts badly failed on a fake punt attempt on their own 37 yard line. They sent their entire offensive line except the snapper, to the right side of the field along with the punter. Whalen the snapper and Colt Anderson, who was under center were the only two lined up over the ball, and for some reason they snapped the ball with 3 Pats defender in front of them. Brandon Bolden easily grabbed Anderson and threw him to the ground, resulting in a turnover on downs. That led to a Brady-to-Blount touchdown. Brady scrambled out right and threw the touchdown pass on the run to Blount for the 11 yard score on 3rd down. Pats went up 34-21 and the air in the stadium left.
Colts head coach Chuck Pagano tries to explain it HERE.
Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman were constant chain movers and after the Edelman injury, Amendola really stepped up. He had a nice game.
Sadly, this win came at a cost, with a few players injured during the game. Marcus Cannon, the OL taking over for Solder, left in the first half and did not return. Jabaal Sheard also left the game with an injury, although his injury did not seem to severe. It occurred later in the game. Matthew Slater also left the game and needed help from his teammates to get off the field. He was limping badly. He was trying to play through some pain early in the game, but by the 4th, he was limping off the field. Edelman hurt his finger and it really bothered him throughout the game. He toughed it out, but the Pats did not go to him much anymore after the injury. The week will tell us how many are out for a bit and who are okay to go next week.
The offense was great except they seem to lack a killer instinct in the fourth and I do believe the 24/7 revenge talk and beating the Colts 50-0 took a toll on the team a little emotionally. They did, however, overcome it, and won and got their revenge. They did great, don’t get me wrong, but seemed a little tired and that’s a scary thought, they didn’t play their best but still won. The defense was bad in the first half, still only allowed 14 points, but was lights out in the 2nd half. The offense for the Patriots was lights out in the first half and flamed a little in the 4th quarter. Overall, a huge win.
QB Tom Brady: 23/37 for 3 touchdowns and 1 interception.
RB LeGarrette Blount: 16 rushing attempts for 93 yards and 1 touchdown. 1 reception for 11 yards and 1 touchdown.
WR Julian Edelman: 6 receptions for 50 yards and 1 touchdown.
WR Danny Amendola: 7 receptions for 105 yards.
TE Rob Gronkowski: 3 receptions for 50 yards and 1 touchdown.
DE Chandler Jones: 4 tackles and 2.5 sacks.
LB Jamie Collins: 5 tackles.
Game MVP: QB Tom Brady.
He threw three touchdowns and the interception wasn’t his fault. He put the team on his shoulders in the first half and ensured the game was close and in the 2nd half, he scored when the team needed him to. Blount and Jones get honorable mentions.
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