The Patriots ran for 234 yards and six touchdowns against the Colt’s on Saturday night.
They took what the Colts gave them. The Colts had the 26th ranked rushing defense this year, and the balanced Patriots made them pay. The Patriots offensive line pushed the Colts around, making openings that allowed the backs to average over five yards per carry.
The run really helped the Patriots achieve their game plan. It allowed them to slow things down, eat up the clock, score in the red zone (where they went 5-6) and not turn the ball over. Because of this, they generated 23 first downs and 43 points.
In the big picture, the Patriots once again showed they can win without Tom Brady playing too much of a role. Brady only threw 25 passes and did not throw a single touchdown, but the Patriots as a team scored six.
The Defense did not play too bad either. They held the Colts to under 400 total yards and forced Luck to throw four interceptions. Jamie Collins, in particular, had a great game. Not only did he have an interception, but he also made a couple great tackles on second efforts that stopped the Colts from getting into the open field and gaining momentum.
Saturday was a great all around win for the Patriots. If they can continue to play like they did, they will be hard to stop this postseason.