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Big second half helps Patriots blow out Colts

FootballTom BradyNew England PatriotsAqib TalibStevan Ridley

FOXBOROUGH, MA - What was then is now again.

The pre-dusk start. National hype. Anticipated quarterback battle. Rigorous chatter between fanbases.

Colts and Patriots matters almost like no other rivalry in the National Football League, but truth be told its hold on that spot was on hiatus just a season.

A winless Indianapolis team fell to New England 31-24 in Foxborough last season in a game while not lacking drama was void of copious build up.

Insert Andrew Luck for Peyton Manning, toss in a pair of 6-3 records for the teams and things are back to a state of chaotic normalcy.

Just like the two teams have before they engaged in an offensive struggle for a half, but turnovers in the second half helped the Patriots easily defeat the Colts 59-24 Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium.

Indianapolis falls to 6-4 on the season and three games behind the Texans in the AFC South.

In the end it was a trio of turnovers for Luck and a punt return for the Patriots that proved to be damaging and ruined a promising Colts start.

Luck's 14-yard touchdown pass to TY Hilton in the first quarter helped the Colts jump out to a 14-7 lead. Then things began to come apart when Julian Edelman returned a punt 68-yards to tie the game back up.

On the ensuing Colts' offensive possession, Luck overthrew a receiver and the ball was intercepted by Aqib Talib. He weaved in and round the Colts' offense 59-yards for the score to make it 21-14 which was the difference at the half.

Brady helped to set the tone for the offense in the second half when he opened it up with a long drive that ended in a touhdown throw to Edelman that made it 31-17.

Turnover than doomed the Colts after that. A Luck fumble on a hit in the backfield late in the quarter led to a Brady-to-Gronkowski touchdown that pushed the lead to 21. After engineering a long drive inside the Patriots' 20 early in the fourth quarter, the game was put out of reach when Luck's pass was intercepted by Alfonzo Dennard.

He returned the pick untouched 87-yard for the score that made it 45-17. Luck would hit Hilton for another touchdown on the next drive, but the Patriots got rushing touchdowns from Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen to equal their most points in a game in franchise history.


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