4:25 PM ET, November 18, 2012
Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA
Sunday Blitz: Colts-Patriots Recap
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Alfonzo Dennard watched himself on the videoboard as he raced 87 yards with an interception for a touchdown. He wanted to see if the star rookie who threw the pass might catch him.The way the New England Patriots were playing -- with their usual strong offense, big plays on defense and a touchdown on a punt return -- there was no way Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts could overtake them.
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The Patriots have depth at tight end, but still will miss the unique Rob Gronkowski, whose talents can't be replaced, writes Mike Reiss. Story
• Yates: Should Gronk have been in?
"Old reliable" Tom Brady put hot-shot rookie Andrew Luck in his place during the Pats' dismantling of the Colts on Sunday, writes Jackie MacMullan. Story
As great a story as they've been this season, the Colts knew they still had holes. Against the Patriots, those weaknesses were exposed, writes Paul Kuharsky. Blog
Gronkowski's Instant Impact
Rob Gronkowski had two more touchdown catches Sunday against the Colts before leaving with an injury. He moved into sole possession of third place for most TDs by a player in his first three seasons.
Most TD catches
in 1st 3 seasons, NFL history
in 1st 3 seasons, NFL history
|Player||Rec TD||1st Year|
|John Jefferson||36||1978||Bob Hayes||35||1965|
|-- ESPN Stats & Information|
The Patriots are 18-0 in the second half of the season starting in 2010. ... Luck broke Peyton Manning's NFL rookie record with his fifth game of at least 300 yards passing. ... Wes Welker stretched his streak to 104 games with at least one reception. ... Reggie Wayne tied Cris Carter's NFL mark with 58 consecutive games with at least three catches. ... Colts WR Donnie Avery left the game with a concussion. Arians had no update after the game.Information from ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter and The Associated Press was used in this report.
FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 18: Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts warms up prior to the game against the New...(Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from Penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||6.0||7.4|
Comp - Att
Yards per pass
Sacks - Yards Lost
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||2-2||4-6|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||3|
|TD||10:49||Delone Carter 1 Yd Run (Adam Vinatieri Kick)||7||0|
|TD||07:07||Rob Gronkowski 4 Yd Pass From Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski Kick)||7||7|
|TD||01:44||T.Y. Hilton 14 Yd Pass From Andrew Luck (Adam Vinatieri Kick)||14||7|
|TD||12:00||Julian Edelman 68 Yd Punt Return (Stephen Gostkowski Kick)||14||14|
|TD||10:59||Aqib Talib 59 Yd Interception Return (Stephen Gostkowski Kick)||14||21|
|FG||05:46||Adam Vinatieri 47 Yd||17||21|
|FG||01:54||Stephen Gostkowski 31 Yd||17||24|
|TD||11:07||Julian Edelman 2 Yd Pass From Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski Kick)||17||31|
|TD||03:22||Rob Gronkowski 24 Yd Pass From Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski Kick)||17||38|
|TD||14:47||Alfonzo Dennard 87 Yd Interception Return (Stephen Gostkowski Kick)||17||45|
|TD||12:32||T.Y. Hilton 43 Yd Pass From Andrew Luck (Adam Vinatieri Kick)||24||45|
|TD||09:05||Stevan Ridley 3 Yd Run (Stephen Gostkowski Kick)||24||52|
|TD||03:55||Shane Vereen 4 Yd Run (Stephen Gostkowski Kick)||24||59|
Reggie Wayne entered Week 11 as the league leader in targets (105) and receptions (69), and Wayne was targeted 15 times Sunday against the Patriots. New England's defense held Luck to a sub-50.0 completion percentage when targeting Wayne for the first time this season. On the road this season, Luck now has zero touchdowns and six interceptions targeting Wayne.[+]
Rob Gronkowski caught all seven targets for 137 yards and two touchdowns. Gronkowski caught his only end-zone target Sunday, his fourth straight game with a touchdown on an end-zone target. Brady is 5-for-7 targeting Gronkowski in the end zone in his last four games after starting the season 2-for-6 on those throws in New England's first six games.
In Aqib Talib's first game as a Patriot, the New England defense sent added pressure after Andrew Luck on 15 dropbacks, their highest total in a game this season (previous high was nine). Talib's pick-six came from a five-man pass rush, the first interception the Patriots recorded this season with added pressure. Extra pressure has been common from the Colts' defense this season, who entered Week 11 as the third-most aggressive defense in the league (5+ rushers on 41.6 percent of dropbacks). Indianapolis sent extra rushers after Brady on 12 dropbacks, but Brady handled it much better than Luck.[+]
The 59 points allowed by the Colts is the 2nd-most allowed in team history. The most is 62, against the Saints in Week 7 of 2011.
This is 2nd time in Patriots history they have had an interception return TD and a punt return TD in the same game. It also happened in Week 17 2002 vs Panthers.
ESPN Stats & Information