The Indianapolis Colts were treated to flashbacks of January’s playoff loss at the hands of the New England Patriots. The Pats ran over, around, and through the Colts for a 42-20 win.
Rookie Jonas Gray put on a dominant performance as he rushed for 199 of New England’s 245 yards on the ground. Gray also managed to find the end zone four times.
The Patriots dominated the point of attack and exposed another fatal flaw in the Colts defense. The score was close in the first half thanks to a couple of bad interceptions by Tom Brady.
Brady struggled for most of the game, but his brilliance wasn’t needed tonight. He was 19-for-30 for 257 yards and two touchdowns. Brady also had two interceptions courtesy of Mike Adams.
The Patriots led 14-10 at halftime, then took a commanding lead by scoring on their first four drives of the second half. The Colts tried to keep up, but the defense was unable to give Andrew Luck and company enough chances to give Indy a chance.
Luck was completed 23-of-39 passes for 303 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Hakeem Nicks and Anthony Castonzo (yes, the left tackle) were both on the receiving end of Luck’s TD passes. Luck also had his eighth straight game with 300 yards or more, the second longest streak in NFL history.
The Colts hopes of victory came to an end with eight minutes left in the fourth. Down 15, the Colts elected to go for it on fourth-and-10 deep in Patriots territory (signaling a complete lack of trust in the defense). Reggie Wayne was unable to hang to a pass, and the Colts turned the ball over on downs.
The Patriots quickly came down and scored again to put the game away.
Wayne played a solid game, hauling in five passes for 91 yards. He gave the Colts offense a few big completions early in the game when the team was struggling to move the ball.
Coby Fleener was the only other player on offense who seemed to show up tonight. Fleener led the team with seven receptions for 144 yards.
Luck had zero help from the running game. The Colts running backs combined for 14 carries for just four yards.
Up next, the Colts will host the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday afternoon.