Patriots blowout Colts in AFC Championship game, secure Super Bowl XLIX berth

The New England Patriots dominated the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship game on Sunday, and the Patriots secured their sixth Super Bowl berth under head coach Bill Bellicheck. Indianapolis struggled to find an answer to the Patriots rushing attack, as running back LaGarrett Blount was unstoppable.

LaGarrett Blount carried the ball 30 times in the Patriots victory.

LaGarrett Blount carried the ball 30 times in the Patriots victory.

New England raced off to an early 14-0 lead in the first quarter, it was a lead that the Patriots never relinquished. Blount scored the Patriots’ first touchdown of the game, when he scampered into the end zone from the one-yard line. The Patriots wasted no time when adding onto their lead as they scored on their next possession when Tom Brady found James Develin in the end zone for a one-yard touchdown pass.

The Colts made this game somewhat close when Zurlon Tipton scampered into the end zone from the one yard line. But that was the only time that it felt like Indianapolis was in the game, as the Patriots would go onto score the next 31 points to secure the victory.

Because of the fact that the Patriots were in control of the game from the outset; New England put the game in the capable hands of Blount. Blount carried the ball 30 times — for comparison’s sake — Brady dropped back to pass 35 times. The Colts struggled to contain the powerful running back as he ran through tackles and was quick on his feet while he was hitting the hole created by the offensive line. He ended up with 148 yards, 4.9 yards per carry, and three touchdowns in the victory.

Brady wasn’t all that impressive in the victory as the weather, and the big lead, led to New England relying on the ground game. That being said, Brady did complete 20 of 35 passes for 226 yards (6.5 yards per completion), three touchdowns and one interception. It wasn’t an impressive performance, but they didn’t really need him to in this game.

New England will face the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl on February 1st at 3:30 pm in Glendale, Ariz.

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