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Blount Carries New England to Victory

LeGarrette Blount (running back, New England Patriots) stats from last night's victory: 24 carries. 166 yards. 4 touchdowns.

Blount was no doubt the breakout performer last night as the New England Patriots took on the Indianapolis Colts in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. The fourth year running back out of Oregon posted his second highest yard total of the season behind the 189 yards he rushed for in the Week 17 match up against Buffalo.

Patriot's head coach Bill Belichick said Blount has "that combination of size, power, quickness, and speed. He can make guys miss and he can go the distance".

The Patriots clearly controlled the game throughout. Just over a minute into the game, cornerback Alfonzo Dennard intercepted Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck and returned it 27 yards to the 2 yard line. The next play, Blount drove into the endzone for his first touchdown of the night. Then on their second possession of the game, after forcing the Colts to go three and out, the Patriots marched 74 yards down the field for another Blount touchdown.

New England successfully completed half of their possessions. They had a total of fourteen possessions in the game and scored on seven of them. The Patriots converted six touchdowns and one safety. Starting quarterback Tom Brady did not complete a passing touchdown. It is only his third game this season in which he did not throw for a touchdown. New England is 2-1 this season when Brady does not throw for a touchdown.

In the losing effort, Luck was 20-41 for 331 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Achilles heel was the four interceptions he threw.

"I'm just disappointed in myself," Luck told reporters. "I can't commit that many turnovers and have a chance to win against a great team like this."

New England moves on to the AFC Championship game for the third year in a row. In both of the past two years, the Patriots had to face the Baltimore Ravens. This year their opponent will be either the San Diego Chargers or the Denver Broncos. The divisional game between the Chargers and Broncos will take place today, Sunday, January 12, at 4:40pm ET.

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