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Posted: Sunday, January 12, 2014 12:54 am | Updated: 1:29 am, Sun Jan 12, 2014.

The Patriots are heading to their third straight AFC Championship Game by virtue of their 43-22 win over the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday night. The game will be next Sunday at a site to be determined -- either at Gillette Stadium if San Diego upsets Denver, or at Sports Authority Field at Mile High if the Broncos win at home Sunday.

Here are the hots and nots from our print edition, followed by the game notes supplied by the Patriots' media relations department.

The hots and nots:

WHO’S HOT

LeGARRETTE BLOUNT: Three touchdowns in the first half tied a Patriots’ record that stood from the Fog Bowl against the Steelers in the last millennium, and he broke a 73-yarder for a score to break the record (both regular-season and postseason).

JULIAN EDELMAN: He accounted for 69 of Tom Brady’s 101 passing yards in the first half.

DONT'A HIGHTOWER: He made a play in coverage, intercepting a pass intended for fullback Stanley Havili, who let the ball roll off his hands and shoulder and into Hightower’s hands.

JAMIE COLLINS: An 8-yard sack on Andrew Luck, he made a play on a throw to LaVon Brazill in the end zone, and then had a fourth-quarter interception.

STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI: For a guy that hasn’t punter (and doesn’t have the steps down pat), his first punt in Ryan Allen’s relief went 53 yards.

TOM BRADY: Held flawlessly for Stephen Gostkowski’s two extra points in the fourth quarter.

 

WHO’S NOT

DANNY AIKEN: His wild snap over Ryan Allen’s head not only resulted in a safety for the Colts, but also put Allen on the injured list.

 

WHO’S LUKEWARM

ALFONZO DENNARD: His early interception set up the game’s first score and put the Colts in catch-up mode for most of the game, but he did get beaten for one of LaVon Brazill’s TD catches. He added a second interception late in the game.

 

HOT NUMBERS

2: Number of NFL teams to make the playoffs in every postseason from 2009-13, the Patriots and the Green Bay Packers.

3: Curtis Martin’s former team record for rushing touchdowns in a playoff game, tied by LeGarrette Blount in the first half.

4: Number of rushing touchdowns for LeGarrette Blount after his 73-yard touchdown run with 12:55 left in the game, a Patriots’ record for any game, regular-season or postseason.

7: Number of AFC Championship Game appearances for the Patriots since 2001, most in the NFL since then.

17: Number of Patriots that are playing in the postseason for the first time.

53: The length of Stephen Gostkowski’s first punt in relief of the injured Ryan Allen.

57: Game-time temperature at Gillette Stadium.

215: Consecutive sellouts in Foxboro.

5,949: Tom Brady’s postseason passing yards entering Saturday’s game, most in the NFL.

 

MEDICAL MINUTIA

JULIAN EDELMAN: Appeared to hurt his right hand or wrist after a 27-yard catch in the second quarter, but came right back.

RYAN ALLEN: His right shoulder was banged up on the safety in the second quarter, and he did not return.

KENBRELL THOMPKINS: Slow to get up on a ball thrown his way in the third quarter. Called a head injury.

 

FUN FACT

In Robert Kraft’s 20 years of ownership of the Patriots, they have qualified for the postseason playoffs 15 times. Included in that time are 13 AFC East crowns, six Super Bowl appearances and three victories.

 

And the game notes: 

 

 

 

PATRIOTS MOUNT HISTORIC RUSHING ATTACK

 

The Patriots scored six rushing touchdowns against the Colts, tying the second best rushing touchdown performance in NFL postseason history and scoring the most rushing touchdowns in the history of the franchise (regular season or playoffs).  LeGarrette Blount had a record-setting four touchdowns, while Stevan Ridley added a pair of touchdowns for New England.

 

 

 

NFL TEAM RECORD BOOK / MOST RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS IN A PLAYOFF GAME

 

Date                 Team                           Opponent                                 Rush TD

 

12/08/40           Chicago                        Washington                                7

 

01/11/14        New England             Indianapolis                             6

 

01/14/94           San Francisco               New York Giants                        6

 

[Accomplished 4 times]                                                                            5

 

 

PATRIOTS TEAM RECORD BOOK / MOST RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS IN ANY GAME

 

Includes Regular Season and Playoff Games

 

Date                 Opponent                    Rush TD             W/L                Score

 

01/11/14        Indianapolis*                    6                     W                  43-22

 

09/08/63           New York Jets                     4                     W                  38-14

 

10/03/76           Oakland                               4                     W                  48-17

 

10/18/76           New York Jets                     4                     W                  41-7

 

10/22/78           Miami                                   4                     W                  33-24

 

10/29/78           New York Jets                     4                     W                  55-21

 

10/16/83           San Diego                            4                     W                  37-21

 

09/30/12           at Buffalo                            4                     W                  52-28

 

*-Playoffs

 

 

BLOUNT SETS TEAM MARK WITH FOUR RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS;

 

SECOND MOST IN NFL PLAYOFF HISTORY

 

LeGarrette Blount scored four rushing touchdowns, to set a Patriots franchise record for most rushing touchdowns in a game (regular season or playoffs), and tallying the second most rushing touchdowns in a playoff game in NFL history.  Blount’s four rushing scores trail only Ricky Watters’ five rushing touchdowns for San Francisco in the playoffs following the 1993 season in the NFL single-season playoff record book.

 

 

NFL INDIVIDUAL RECORD BOOK / MOST RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS IN A PLAYOFF GAME

 

Player                             Rush TD                Date                               Team                             Opponent

 

Ricky Watters                        5                       01/15/94                         San Francisco                 N.Y. Giants

 

LeGarrette Blount             4                       01/11/14                      New England               Indianapolis

 

[18 players have scored 3 rush TD in a playoff game, most recently Adrian Peterson, MIN v NO, 01/24/10]

 

 

PATRIOTS INDIVIDUAL RECORD BOOK / MOST RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS IN ANY GAME

 

Includes Regular Season and Playoff Games

 

Player                             Rush TD                Date                               Opponent

 

LeGarrette Blount*           4                       01/11/14                      Indianapolis

 

Corey Dillon                          3                       12/3/2006                       Detroit

 

Curtis Martin                         3                       1/5/1997                         Pittsburgh

 

Curtis Martin                         3                       11/3/1996                       Miami

 

Mosi Tatupu                          3                       12/11/1983                     LA Rams

 

Tony Collins                          3                       9/18/1983                       NY Jets

 

Sam Cunningham                  3                       10/20/1974                     Buffalo

 

*-Playoffs

 

 

BLOUNT TIES TEAM POSTSEASON MARK WITH 166 RUSHING YARDS;

 

HAS SECOND LONGEST RUSH IN TEAM PLAYOFF HISTORY

 

LeGarrette Blount ran for 166 yards, tying Curtis Martin for the most rushing yards in a playoff game in Patriots history.  Martin also ran for 166 yards on January 5, 1997 against Pittsburgh in a divisional playoff game at Foxboro Stadium.  Blount had a 73-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to give the Patriots a 36-22 lead.  The 73-yard run was the second longest run in team playoff history, trailing only Martin’s 78-yard scoring run in the above-referenced game against Pittsburgh.

 

 

PATRIOTS INDIVIDUAL RECORD BOOK / MOST RUSHING YARDS IN A PLAYOFF GAME

 

Player                            Rush Yds               Date                               Opponent

 

LeGarrette Blount           166                    01/11/14                      Indianapolis

 

Curtis Martin                       166                     01/05/97                         Pittsburgh

 

Corey Dillon                        144                     01/16/05                         Indianapolis

 

Laurence Maroney              122                     01/12/08                         Jacksonville

 

Laurence Maroney              122                     01/20/08                         San Diego

 

 

PATRIOTS INDIVIDUAL RECORD BOOK / LONGEST RUSH IN A PLAYOFF GAME

 

Player                                Rush                   Date                               Opponent

 

Curtis Martin                        78t                     01/05/97                         Pittsburgh

 

LeGarrette Blount           73t                     01/11/14                      Indianapolis

 

Robert Weathers                 45                      01/12/86                         Miami

 

Aaron Hernandez                 43                      01/14/12                         Denver

 

 

PATRIOTS INDIVIDUAL RECORD BOOK / MOST PLAYOFF RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS

 

Player                                 Gm                     Rush TD

 

Curtis Martin                         3                       5

 

LeGarrette Blount             1                       4

 

Corey Dillon                          8                       4

 

 

 

PATRIOTS TIE TEAM PLAYOFF MARK WITH FOUR INTERCEPTIONS

 

The Patriots intercepted Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck four times, tying the team record for most interceptions in a playoff game.  Alfonzo Dennard began the Patriots’ interception surge with a pick on the third play of the game, returning the ball to the Patriots’ 2-yard line and setting up the first touchdown of the game on the next play.  Dont’a Hightower added an interception late in the second quarter for his first career pick.  The Patriots defense kept the Colts from mounting a comeback with a pair of fourth-quarter interceptions, one by Jamie Collins, and then another by Dennard in the final minute to seal the game.

 

 

 

PATRIOTS HISTORY / MOST INTERCEPTIONS IN A PLAYOFF GAME

 

4 v. Indianapolis, 01/11/14

 

4 v. Indianapolis, 01/18/04

 

4 at Buffalo, 12/28/64

 

 

 

PATRIOTS SCORE 40+ IN THE DIVISIONAL ROUND FOR THIRD STRAIGHT YEAR

 

The Patriots scored 43 points, the second-highest playoff total in team history, trailing only the team’s playoff record 45 points against Denver on January 14, 2012.  New England has now scored 40 or more points in the divisional round in three straight seasons, as the Patriots have advanced to their third straight AFC Championship Game.

 

 

 

PATRIOTS HISTORY / MOST POINTS IN A PLAYOFF GAME

 

45 v. Denver, 01/14/12 (W, 45-10)

 

43 v. Indianapolis, 01/11/14 (W, 43-22)

 

41 v. Houston, 01/13/13 (W, 41-28)

 

41 at Pittsburgh, 01/23/05 (W, 41-27)

 

 

PATRIOTS RUSHING ATTACK TOTALS 234 YARDS

 

The Patriots rushing attack totaled 234 yards, behind LeGarrette Blount’s franchise-record-tying 166 yards and Stevan Ridley’s 52 yards.  Shane Vereen added 17 yards.  The 234 rushing yards are the second most in franchise playoff history, trailing only the team’s 255 rushing yards in the 1985 AFC Championship Game at Miami.

 

 

PATRIOTS HISTORY / MOST RUSHING YARDS IN A PLAYOFF GAME

 

255 at Miami, 01/12/86

 

234 v. Indianapolis, 01/11/14

 

210 v. Indianapolis, 01/16/05

 

194 v. Pittsburgh, 01/05/97

 

164 at Oakland, 12/18/76

 

 

 

PATRIOTS ADVANCE TO THIRD STRAIGHT AFC TITLE GAME; 10th IN TEAM HISTORY

 

The Patriots advance to their 10th AFC Championship game and their third straight AFC Championship game with their win over Indianapolis. The Patriots are 7-2 in AFC Championship Games, including a 4-1 record at home and a 3-1 record at Gillette Stadium.

 

PATRIOTS AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME RESULTS (7-2)

 

Date           Round                    Opponent      W/L     Score

 

01/12/86     AFC Championship                     at Miami         W            31-14

 

01/12/97     AFC Championship                  Jacksonville      W            20-6

 

01/27/02     AFC Championship                 at Pittsburgh      W            24-17

 

01/18/04     AFC Championship                 Indianapolis      W            24-14

 

01/23/05     AFC Championship                 at Pittsburgh      W            41-27

 

01/21/07     AFC Championship               at Indianapolis     L            34-38

 

01/20/08     AFC Championship                   San Diego        W            21-12

 

01/22/12     AFC Championship                    Baltimore        W            23-20

 

01/20/13     AFC Championship                    Baltimore          L            13-28

 

 

 

Most Appearances in Conference Championship GAME

 

Pittsburgh                              15

 

Dallas                     14

 

San Francisco         14

 

Oakland                  11

 

New England       10

 

St. Louis Rams       9

 

 

 

NFL TEAMS WITH AT LEAST THREE CONSECUTIVE CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS SINCE 1970 MERGER

 

Teams                                   Years                                     Results

 

Oakland Raiders                    (5) 1973-1977                         (1-4) L,L,L,W,L

 

Philadelphia Eagles                               (4) 2001-2004                         (1-3) L,L,L,W

 

Buffalo Bills                           (4) 1990-1993                         (4-0) W,W,W,W

 

Dallas Cowboys                    (4) 1970-1973                         (2-2) W,W,L,L

 

Dallas Cowboys                    (4) 1992-1995                         (3-1) W,W,L,W

 

New England Patriots       (3) 2011-2013                     (1-1) W,L ??

 

Dallas Cowboys                    (3) 1980-1982                         (0-3) L,L,L

 

Green Bay Packers                 (3) 1995-1997                         (1-2) L,W,W

 

Miami Dolphins                      (3) 1971-1973                         (3-0) W,W,W

 

Pittsburgh Steelers                                (3) 1974-1976                         (2-1) W,W,L

 

San Francisco 49ers                               (3) 1992-1994                         (1-2) L,L,W

 

San Francisco 49ers                               (3) 1988-1990                         (2-1) W,W,L

 

St. Louis Rams                       (3) 1974-1976                         (0-3) L,L,L

 

PATRIOTS IMPROVE TO 7-1 IN DIVISIONAL GAMES AFTER A BYE WEEEK UNDER BELICHICK

 

The Patriots improved to a 7-1 record in Divisional Playoff game after a Bye week under Bill Belichick.

 

 

 

Patriots in the Divisional Playoffs after a Bye under Bill Belichick

 

Date                               Game                          Score                     W/L

 

01/19/02                         vs. Oakland                16-13 (OT)                  W

 

01/10/04                         vs. Tennessee            17-14                           W

 

01/16/05                         vs. Indianapolis         20-3                             W

 

01/12/08                         vs. Jacksonville         31-20                           W

 

01/16/11                         vs. NY Jets                 21-28                           L

 

01/14/12                         vs. Denver                  45-10                           W

 

01/13/13                         vs. Houston               41-28                           W

 

01/11/14                         vs. Indianapolis         43-22                           W

 

 

PATRIOTS PLAY NINTH STRAIGHT HOME PLAYOFF GAME, ONE SHY OF NFL RECORD

 

The Patriots played their ninth consecutive playoff game at home to extend the second-longest streak of home playoff games in NFL history. If the Chargers win this weekend, New England would host the AFC Championship Game and tie the Dolphins for the most consecutive playoff games at home in league history (10).

 

 

PATRIOTS ALL-TIME IN PLAYOFF GAMES

 

The Patriots have compiled a 25-17 record in their 42 playoff games and their .595 playoff winning percentage is the fifth best in NFL history among teams that have played at least 15 playoff games.

 

 

ALL-TIME BEST NFL PLAYOFF RECORDS (Min. 15 Games)

 

TEAM                                               W          L                          Pct.

 

Baltimore Ravens................................ 14......... 7......................... .667

 

Green Bay Packers.............................. 30........ 19........................ .612

 

Pittsburgh Steelers............................... 33........ 21........................ .611

 

San Francisco 49ers............................. 29........ 19........................ .604

 

New England/Boston Patriots......... 25....... 17........................ .595

 

Oakland/L.A. Raiders........................... 25........ 18........................ .581

 

Dallas Cowboys................................... 33........ 25........................ .569

 

Washington Redskins........................... 23........ 18......................... .561

 

 

 

PATRIOTS PLAYOFF RECORD BY ROUND

 

First Round (1982 Strike Season).. 0-1

 

Wild Card Round...................... 4-3

 

Divisional Round.................... 11-6

 

AFC Championship................... 7-2

 

AFL Championship.................... 0-1

 

Super Bowl............................. 3-4

 

Total.......................................... 25-17

 

 

 

MOST POSTSEASON WINS ALL-TIME

 

TEAM                            WINS

 

Dallas Cowboys................... 33

 

Pittsburgh Steelers.............. 33

 

Green Bay Packers............... 30

 

San Francisco 49ers............. 29

 

New England Patriots....... 25

 

Oakland Raiders.................. 25

 

 

PATRIOTS IMRPOVE IN THE DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF ROUND

 

 

 

PATRIOTS DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF RESULTS (11-6)

 

Date            Round                      Opponent        W/L       Score

 

01/11/14    AFC Divisional        Indianapolis      W         43-22

 

01/13/13       AFC Divisional            Houston Texans   W          41-28

 

01/14/12       AFC Divisional            Denver Broncos   W          45-10

 

01/16/11       AFC Divisional            New York Jets       L           21-28

 

01/12/08       AFC Divisional            Jacksonville          W          31-20

 

01/14/07       AFC Divisional            at San Diego        W          24-21

 

01/14/06       AFC Divisional            at Denver             L           13-27

 

01/16/05       AFC Divisional            Indianapolis         W            20-3

 

01/10/04       AFC Divisional            Tennessee           W          17-14

 

01/19/02       AFC Divisional            Oakland               W     (ot)16-13

 

01/03/98       AFC Divisional            at Pittsburgh        L              6-7

 

01/05/97       AFC Divisional            Pittsburgh           W            28-3

 

01/04/87       AFC Divisional            at Denver             L           17-22

 

01/05/86       AFC Divisional            at LA Raiders       W          27-20

 

12/31/78       AFC Divisional            Houston               L           14-31

 

12/18/76       AFC Divisional            at Oakland            L           21-24

 

12/28/63       AFL Divisional            at Buffalo             W            26-8

 

 

 

BILL BELICHICK IN THE POSTSEASON

 

With the victory over Indianapolis, Bill Belichick collected his 19th playoff win to tie Don Shula (19) for the second-most postseason wins among head coaches, behind only Tom Landry (20) in career postseason wins.

 

 

 

 

 

MOST PLAYOFF WINS BY AN NFL HEAD COACH

 

Coach                 Team(s)                                        _________Wins

 

Tom Landry........... Dallas Cowboys............................................... 20

 

Bill Belichick....... Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots.... 19

 

Don Shula............. Baltimore Colts, Miami Dolphins......................... 19

 

Joe Gibbs.............. Washington Redskins....................................... 17

 

Chuck Noll............. Pittsburgh Steelers........................................... 16

 

 

BEST POSTSEASON RECORDS IN NFL HISTORY

 

(Min. 10 games)

 

Head Coach                      Team(s)        W      L      Pct.

 

Vince Lombardi                   GB/WAS            9      1      .900

 

Tom Flores                         Oakland           8      3      .727

 

Bill Walsh                           San Francisco  10      4      .714

 

Joe Gibbs                           WAS               17      7      .708

 

Bill Belichick                    CLE/NE        19      8      .703

 

Jimmy Johnson                   DAL/MIA            9     4      .692

 

John Harbaugh                    Baltimore           9     4      .692

 

 

                MOST POSTSEASON GAMES AS A HEAD COACH

 

Head Coach                                                  GAMES

 

Tom Landry (Dallas)                                              36

 

Don Shula (Baltimore/Miami)                                36

 

Bill Belichick (Cleveland/New England)                      27

 

 

 

BRADY MOVES UP ON THE POSTSEASON LISTS;

 

FIRST EVER TO REACH 6,000 POSTSEASON PASSING YARDS

 

Tom Brady added on to his NFL all-time passing record in the postseason and became the first player ever to reach 6,000 passing yards in the postseason. With 198 passing yards against Indianapolis, Brady finished the game with a career total of 6,147 career playoff passing yards.  Brady is third all-time on the postseason touchdown list, behind Joe Montana (45) and Brett Favre (44). Brady leads all quarterbacks with 566 postseason completions.

 

 

 

 

 

NFL ALL-TIME LEADERS/POSTSEASON PASSING YARDS

 

Player                               Team(s)                Passing Yards

 

1. Tom Brady                    New England                6,147

 

2. Brett Favre                      Green Bay/Minnesota      5,855

 

3. Joe Montana                    San Fran./Kansas City     5,772

 

4. Peyton Manning              Indianapolis/Denver        5,679

 

5. John Elway                      Denver                           4,964

 

6. Dan Marino                     Miami                              4,510

 

 

 

NFL ALL-TIME LEADERS/POSTSEASON COMPLETIONS

 

Player                               Team(s)                Completions

 

1. Tom Brady                    New England                566

 

2. Brett Favre                      Green Bay/Minnesota      481

 

    Peyton Manning              Indianapolis/Denver        481

 

4. Joe Montana                    San Fran./Kansas City     460

 

 

NFL ALL-TIME LEADERS/POSTSEASON TOUCHDOWN PASSES

 

Player                               Team(s)                Touchdowns

 

1. Joe Montana                    San Fran./Kansas City     45

 

2. Brett Favre                      Green Bay/Minnesota      44

 

3. Tom Brady                    New England                42

 

4. Dan Marino                     Miami                              32

 

    Peyton Manning              Indianapolis/Denver        32

 

6. Kurt Warner                    St. Louis/Arizona             31

 

7. Terry Bradshaw               Pittsburgh                      30

 

 

 

NFL ALL-TIME MOST PLAYOFF VICTORIES AS A STARTING QUARTERBACK

 

Player               Team(s)                                                        Playoff Wins

 

Tom Brady        New England                                      18 (18-7)

 

Joe Montana        San Francisco/Kansas City                      16 (16-7)

 

Terry Bradshaw  Pittsburgh                                             14 (14-5)

 

John Elway          Denver                                                  14 (14-7)

 

Brett Favre          Green Bay/Minnesota                             13 (13-11)

 

Troy Aikman        Dallas                                                    11 (11-4)

 

Roger Staubach  Dallas                                                    11 (11-6)

 

 HIGHEST POSTSEASON WINNING PERCENTAGE AMONG STARTING QUARTERBACKS (Min. 15 starts)

 

Player               Team(s)                                                        Playoff Winning Percentage

 

Terry Bradshaw  Pittsburgh                                      14-5 (.736)

 

Troy Aikman        Dallas                                             11-4 (.733)

 

Tom Brady        New England                                18-7 (.720)

 

Joe Montana         San Francisco/Kansas City                   16-7 (.696)

 

 

BRADY SET NFL RECORD FOR MOST POSTSEASON STARTS WITH HIS 25TH

 

Tom Brady made his 25th start in the postseason to set the NFL mark. He was tied with Brett Favre (24) for the most starts by a quarterback in postseason play.

 

 

 

MOST POSTSEASON STARTS BY A QUARTERBACK

 

Player                               Team(s)                        Starts

 

1. Tom Brady                    New England                25

 

2. Brett Favre                      Green Bay/Minn.             24

 

3. Joe Montana                    San Fran./Kansas City     23

 

4. John Elway                      Denver                           21

 

5. Peyton Manning              Indianapolis/Denver        20

 

 

 

PATRIOTS AT HOME IN THE PLAYOFFS

 

The Patriots now have a 15-4 (.789) all time record in home playoff games. The Patriots’ .789 winning percentage at home in the postseason ranks second among teams with at least 10 home playoff games.

 

 

 

Postseason Home Winning PCT (Min. 10 games)

 

Team                     Record                   Winning Percentage

 

Oakland                  19-5                         .792

 

New England       15-4                       .789

 

Buffalo                    10-3                         .769

 

Denver                    13-4                         .765

 

Washington            13-4                         .765

 

Green Bay               16-5                         .762

 

 

PATRIOTS UNDEFEATED ON SATURDAY NIGHT AT HOME IN PLAYOFFS

 

The Patriots improved to 6-0 all-time in Saturday night home playoff games.

 

 

PATRIOTS IN SATURDAY NIGHT HOME PLAYOFF GAMES (6-0)

 

01/19/02 vs. Oakland            Divisional                               W             16-13

 

01/10/04 vs. Tennessee        Divisional                               W             17-14

 

01/07/06 vs. Jacksonville     Wild Card                               W             28-3

 

01/12/08 vs. Jacksonville     Divisional                               W             31-20

 

01/14/12 vs. Denver              Divisional                               W             45-10

 

01/11/14 vs. Indianapolis     Divisional                               W             43-22

 

 

WARMEST PATRIOTS HOME PLAYOFF GAMES

 

The Divisional playoff game against Indianapolis was 57 degrees at kickoff, marking the warmest home playoff game in team history. The previous warmest game the game was the 2012 Divisional playoff game vs. Houston on Jan. 13, 2013 at 51 degree at kickoff.

 

 

 

WARMEST PATRIOTS HOME PLAYOFF GAMES

 

Date                 Opponent                   Tmp        Weather                    W/L      Score

 

01/11/14        Indianapolis               57           Rain and Wind         W          43-22

 

01/13/13           Houston                       51            Cloudy                        W           41-28

 

01/07/07           N.Y. Jets                       50            Sunny                          W           37-16

 

01/05/97           Pittsburgh                    46            Fog                             W           28-3

 

 

 

LEGARRETTE BLOUNT FIRST POSTSEASON CARRRY RESULTS IN A 2-YEAR TOUCHDOWN

 

RB Legarrette Blount scored on a 2-yard touchdown run on his first ever postseason carry. The Patriots started their first offensive drive at the 2-yard line following an interception by CB Alfonso Dennard’s interception on the third play of the game with a 27-yard return.

 

 

BLOUNT SETS RECORD FOR MOST POINTS IN AN AFC DIVISIONAL ROUND PLAYOFF GAME

 

LeGarrette Blount’s 24 points set a new an NFL record for most points in an AFC Divisional playoff game.

 

 

Most Points in an AFC Divisional Playoff Game, NFL History

 

Player                                    Game                                                                     Points

 

LeGarrette Blount                              New England vs. Indianapolis, 2013              24

 

Rob Gronkowski                    New England vs. Denver, 2011                             18

 

Shane Vereen                         New England vs. Houston, 2012                          18

 

Curtis Martin                          New England vs. Pittsburgh, 1996                       18

 

Franco Harris                         Pittsburgh vs. Buffalo, 1974                                 18

 

Dave Casper                          Oakland vs. Baltimore, 1977                                 18

 

 

DONT’A HIGHTOWER REGISTERS FIRST NFL INTERCEPTION

 

LB Dont’a Hightower picked of an Andrew Luck pass with under two minutes to play in the first half to record the first interception of his NFL career.

 

 

STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI MAKES FIRST EVER NFL PUNT

 

K Stephen Gostkowski was forced into action as a punter in the first half after P Ryan Allen was forced out with an injury. His first punt was a 53-yarder.

 

 

 

BRADY COMPLETES EIGHTH 50-YARD PASS IN THE POSTSEASON

 

Tom Brady completed a 53-yard pass to WR Danny Amendola in the third quarter for his eighth career postseason 50-yard pass.

 

 

DENNARD HAS A PAIR OF PICKS, ONE TONE-SETTER AND ONE CLOSER

 

Alfonzo Dennard had two interceptions, including one early in the first quarter to set the tone for the Patriots in the game, and one late in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.  Dennard became the seventh Patriot to have two or more interceptions in a playoff game, and trails only Ty Law’s team-playoff-record three interceptions in the 2003 AFC Championship Game.  Dennard’s first interception tonight came on the third play of the game, when he picked off Andrew Luck and returned the ball 27 yards to the Colts’ 2-yard line and set up the Patriots’ first touchdown on the next play to give New England a 7-0 lead just 1:19 into the game.  Then, with 44 seconds left, Dennard got his second interception to give the Patriots the ball back with the ability to run out the clock and seal the victory.

 

 

PATRIOTS HISTORY / MOST INTERCEPTIONS IN A GAME

 

Player                                 INT                    Date                               Opponent

 

Ty Law                                   3                       01/18/04                         vs. Indianapolis

 

Alfonzo Dennard                2                       01/11/14                      vs. Indianapolis

 

Eugene Wilson                      2                       01/23/05                         at Pittsburgh

 

Rodney Harrison                  2                       02/06/05                         Philadelphia

 

Ronnie Lippett                      2                       01/05/86                         at L.A. Raiders

 

Ross O’Hanley                      2                       12/28/63                         at Buffalo

 

Bob Dee                                2                       12/28/63                         at Buffalo

 

 

 

 

QUICK HITS

 

Danny Amendola hauled in a 16-yard reception on third down to give the Patriots a first-and-goal from the Colts’ 7-yard line, setting up LeGarrette Blount’s second touchdown run of the game two plays later that gave New England a 14-0 first-quarter lead.

 

 Alfonzo Dennard broke up an Andrew Luck pass intended for Da’Rick Rogers in the first quarter.  Dennard also broke up a Luck pass intended for LaVon Brazill in the second quarter.

 

 Dont’a Hightower stuffed Donald Brown for no gain on second down in the second quarter, setting up a third down that Indianapolis did not convert.

 

 Logan Ryan stopped Donald Brown for no gain in the second quarter.

 

 Jamie Collins stopped Trent Richardson for a 1-yard loss in the third quarter.

 

 With the Patriots holding a 29-22 lead and Indianapolis looking for a game-tying score, the Patriots came up with sacks on consecutive drives to keep Indianapolis from mounting a comeback.  First, Jamie Collins sacked Andrew Luck for an 8-yard loss in the third quarter, setting up a third-and-16 that Indianapolis did not convert.  Then, on the Colts’ next drive, Joe Vellano sacked Andrew Luck for a 1-yard loss on second down in the fourth quarter, setting up a third-and-10 that Indianapolis again did not convert.

 

 Jamie Collins intercepted Andrew Luck and returned the interception 20 yards to the Colts’ 18-yard line.  The pick kept momentum on the Patriots’ side after New England had scored on LeGarrette Blount’s 73-yard touchdown run gave New England a 36-22 lead.  The interception was the first of the Patriots rookie’s career and was the third of the game for New England.

 

 

 

 

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