Colts at Patriots NFL playoffs live updates

Colts at Patriots NFL playoffs live updates

Zuri Berry has updates from Gillette Stadium as the Patriots face the Colts in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs. Discuss the game with Obnoxious Boston fan in the panel on right starting at game time.


Three touchdowns in the first half so far for LeGarrette Blount. (Getty Images)
by Matt Pepin, Sports Editor
LeGarrette Blount ran for a franchise record four touchdowns, Stevan Ridley added two, and the Patriots dominated the Indianapolis Colts in their AFC Divisional playoff matchup, 43-22 Saturday.

The Patriots move on to face either the Denver Broncos or San Diego Chargers in the AFC Championship. 

Blount pouned in two  2-yard touchdowns in the first quarter, added a 3-yarder in the second, and then broke off a 73-yard score in the fourth quarter as the Patriots jumped all over the Colts and their quarterback Andrew Luck's four interceptions.

Blount finished with a franchise-tying 166 yards on 24 carries. 

Blount's first touchdown came after an interception by Alfonzo Dennard just 1:19 into the game. His second touchdown came after a methodic 10-play, 74-yard drive, putting the Colts in a 14-0 hole.  

Luck  went deep to get Indianapolis on the board on the team's next drive, hitting wide receiver LaVon Brazill for a 38-yard touchdown over Dennard.

But Blount was back to business not too long later. On a 14-play, 75-yard drive, Blount ran in his third 2-yard touchdown of the day.

Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri connected on a 36-yard field goal attempt with 5:35 left in the second quarter. 

An errant snap by Danny Aiken sailed over punter Ryan Allen's head, leading to a safety on the Patriots.

The Colts opened the second half with a defensive stop on the Patriots before driving down to the Patriots' 3-yard line, settling for a 21-yard Vinatieri field goal. 

Ridley ran in a 3-yard touchdown with 6:18 left in the third quarter, capping a 9-play, 88-yard drive. He added a 2-point conversion run because the team was without punter Ryan Allen, who was injured on the errant snap and safety. He is the team's holder on field goals and extra point attempts.

Ridley got his second touchdown of the game in the fourth quarter with 11:12 left as the Patriots capitalized on another Luck interception. 

Luck hit Brazill for a 35-yard touchdown with 5:01 left in the third quarter. Brazill beat Devin McCourty and Steve Gregory on the reception. 

In the fourth quarter, Blount bounced off one Colts defender and shot straight up field for a Patriots record fourth rushing touchdown. 

  • Zuri Berry 1/12/2014 2:51:03 AM
    FINAL: Patriots 43, Colts 22
  • Zuri Berry 1/11/2014 11:13:58 PM
    Second half underway in Seahawks-Saints game. Seattle up 16-0.
  • Zuri Berry 1/11/2014 11:15:23 PM
    We have a period of light rain here now in Foxboro. Players are warming up, including Chandler Jones and Ryan Allen.
  • Zuri Berry 1/11/2014 11:22:31 PM
    Another sack/fumble on Drew Brees. Saints recover and forced to punt. New Orleans has 139 yards of offense in the 3Q.
  • Steve Silva, Boston.com 1/11/2014 11:33:31 PM

    Early arrivals inside Gillette

  • Steve Silva, Boston.com 1/11/2014 11:35:08 PM

    The Seahawks-Saints game plays on the big screen as fans file into Gillette

  • Zuri Berry 1/12/2014 2:30:04 AM
    Colts facing 3rd and 10 at their own 28.
  • Zuri Berry 1/12/2014 2:30:37 AM
    Colts OLB Andy Studebaker has a neck injury. His return is questionable.
  • Zuri Berry 1/12/2014 2:31:35 AM
    Luck, seeing Aqib Talib on his favorite target T.Y. Hilton in the slot, goes to him for 16 yards.
  • Zuri Berry 1/12/2014 2:32:28 AM
    Penalty on Colts. Ineligible man down field. The Patriots decline. 2nd and 10 for the Colts at the 44.
  • Zuri Berry 1/12/2014 2:33:45 AM
    1:14 2d quarter: Patriots 21, Colts 12 -- Dont'a Hightower intercepted an Andrew Luck pass.
  • Zuri Berry 1/12/2014 2:34:20 AM
    Patriots punter Ryan Allen has headed to the locker room. Stephen Gostkowski taking practice snaps as punter.
  • Zuri Berry 1/12/2014 2:36:32 AM
    1st and 10 at the 36, Patriots run it with Stevan Ridley for 5 yards then take a timeout.
  • Zuri Berry 1/12/2014 2:38:31 AM
    Tom Brady's pass to Shane Vereen on 3rd and 6 incomplete.
  • Zuri Berry 1/12/2014 2:38:38 AM
    Stephen Gostkowski back to punt.
  • Zuri Berry 1/12/2014 2:39:02 AM
    Not a bad punt by Gostkowski. Good hang time.
  • Zuri Berry 1/12/2014 2:39:26 AM
    It was a 53-yard punt. 9-yard return by Griff Whalen.
  • Zuri Berry 1/12/2014 2:39:44 AM
    1st and 10 at the 16 for Indy. Colts elect to run.
  • Zuri Berry 1/12/2014 2:40:55 AM
    END OF 2ND QUARTER: Patriots 21, Colts 12
  • Zuri Berry 1/12/2014 2:41:35 AM
    Ryan Allen has a shoulder injury and his return is questionable, according to the team.
  • Zuri Berry 1/12/2014 2:47:35 AM
    Halftime stats

    Patriots
    6 of 9 on third downs
    0 for 1 on fourth downs
    176 total yards
    96 yards passing
    80 yards rushing
    3 for 3 in the red zone
    3 penalties for 25 yards
    0 turnovers
    Time of possession: 16:48

    Tom Brady is 7 of 11 passing for 101 yards, 1 sack
    Julian Edelman has four receptions for 59 yards
    LeGarrette Blount has 13 carries for 43 yards and 3 touchdowns

    Colts
    4 of 8 on third downs
    190 total yards
    155 yards passing
    35 yards rushing
    0 for 1 in the red zone
    2 turnovers
    Time of possession: 13:12

    Andrew Luck is 11 of 21 for 155 yards, 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions (52.8 qb rating)
    Griff Whalen has 3 receptions for 48 yards
    LaVon Brazill has 1 reception for 38 yards, 1 touchdown
    T.Y. Hilton has 2 receptions for 17 yards
    Donald Brown has 10 carries for 28 yards
  • Zuri Berry 1/12/2014 2:48:27 AM
    Key metric of the first half: Patriots lead time of possession, 16:48 to Colts' 13:12.
  • Zuri Berry 1/12/2014 2:48:55 AM
    Also, of course, two turnovers by Indy. That never helps. Never, ever, ever.
  • Zuri Berry 1/12/2014 2:53:09 AM
    Second half getting underway. Back to your TVs NOW!
  • Zuri Berry 1/12/2014 2:54:19 AM
    1st and 10 at the 20 for the Patriots.
  • Zuri Berry 1/12/2014 2:55:34 AM
    Brady hits Michael Hoomanawanui for 6 yards. Brings up 3rd and 2.
  • Zuri Berry 1/12/2014 2:56:34 AM
    Tom Brady can't connect with Vereen on third down. Stephen Gostkowski gets his second punt. Not bad either.
  • Zuri Berry 1/12/2014 2:56:52 AM
    That punt went 35 yards.
  • Zuri Berry 1/12/2014 2:57:29 AM
    1st and 10 at the 37, Indy starts with a run up the gut by Donald Brown. Only 3 yards.
  • Zuri Berry 1/12/2014 2:58:20 AM
    Luck hurried again by Chandler Jones. Sidesteps him, but throws an ugly ball.
  • Zuri Berry 1/12/2014 2:59:06 AM
    Luck with a 40-yard pass to Hilton. What a fantastic catch.
  • Zuri Berry 1/12/2014 2:59:44 AM
    16 yard pass to Fleener. Colts at the Patriots 4.
  • Zuri Berry 1/12/2014 3:00:55 AM
    Trent Richardson is stuffed at the 3. 3rd and goal at the Patriots 3.
  • Zuri Berry 1/12/2014 3:02:00 AM
    Andrew Luck's pass to Coby Fleener is no good. Can't connect. Fleener complains of a push from Jamie Collins in coverage. No flag for that.
  • Zuri Berry 1/12/2014 3:02:25 AM
    10:03 3rd quarter: Patriots 21, Colts 15 -- Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri connected on a 21-yard field goal to bring Indianapolis within a touchdown. The Colts quickly got in Patriots territory with a 40-yard pass to T.Y. Hilton and a 16-yard throw to Coby Fleener. Jamie collins did his best to face guard Fleener on a a quick throw to the end zone on third down. Collins won that battle.
  • Zuri Berry 1/12/2014 3:05:58 AM
    1st and 10 for the Patriots at their own 12.
  • Zuri Berry 1/12/2014 3:07:41 AM
    Huge play-action pass to Danny Amendola for 53 yards.
  • Zuri Berry 1/12/2014 3:09:39 AM
    Brady shows off some escapability, getting off an 8-yard pass to Julian Edelman. Another first down.
  • Zuri Berry 1/12/2014 3:10:54 AM
    So big question I'm wondering is who is the Patriots' holder? Inquiring minds want to know.
  • Zuri Berry 1/12/2014 3:12:06 AM
    Pass interference on Colts' Josh Gordy. 1st and goal for the Patriots now at the Colts 5.
  • Zuri Berry 1/12/2014 3:14:16 AM
    6:18 3rd quarter: Patriots 28, Colts 15 -- Stevan Ridely, running behind Matthew Mulligan and Michael Hoomanawanui, punched in a 3-yard touchdown. He added a 2-point conversion run after the play. A little tussling after the 2-point conversion by both sides.
  • Zuri Berry 1/12/2014 3:17:04 AM
    15-yard penalty on the Colts' Darius Butler. Enforced on the kickoff.
  • Zuri Berry 1/12/2014 3:19:30 AM
    Video message from Hulk Hogan at the Patriots game. So there's that.
  • Zuri Berry 1/12/2014 3:19:45 AM
    1st and 10 for the Colts at their own 20.
  • Zuri Berry 1/12/2014 3:22:06 AM
    Trent Richardson immediately shows why he hasn't been getting much touches. Loss of 1 yard when he could've picked up a couple.
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