FOXBORO, Mass. -- Antowain Smith is going back to Houston on
New England's running back had been inconsistent all season but
rushed for 100 yards on 22 carries, outgaining Edgerrin James, in
the Patriots' 24-14 win over the Indianapolis Colts in Sunday's AFC
"It was something that we needed today," Smith said of a
running attack that produced 112 yards.
Now he and the Patriots are headed to the Super Bowl in the city
where he played college ball.
By controlling the ball, the Patriots could keep Indianapolis
quarterback Peyton Manning on the sidelines.
Smith had gained more than 60 yards just once in the first 14
games of the season but has done that in all four games since then.
James, who rushed for 125 yards a week earlier in a 38-31 win
over Kansas City, gained 78 yards on 19 carries against the
Patriots as the game-long deficit forced the Colts to pass more.
"I'm never going to say we should have done this or we should
have done that," James said. "The bottom line is, I am here to do
whatever they ask me to do."