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Patriots 59, Colts 24: New England obliterates Andrew Luck, Indy

Tom Brady threw for 331 yards and three touchdowns as the New England Patriots routed the Indianapolis Colts, 59-24, on Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA.

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Brady, Pats cruise 59-24 past Colts

The Pats steamrolled Andrew Luck and the Colts on Sunday, winning 59-24.

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Pats 59, Colts 24: New England obliterates Indy

Turns out the confines of Gillette Stadium weren't very luck for Andrew.

Heralded first-year quarterback Andrew Luck was intercepted three times and the New England Patriots mashed the Indianapolis Colts to pieces, 59-24, on Sunday afternoon at Gillete Stadium in Foxboro, MA.

The Patriots (7-3) led 24-17 at halftime after former Patriots hero Adam Vinatieri missed a 58-yard field goal attempt at the end of the half. Brady tossed two touchdowns in the third quarter and Alfonzo Dennard's 87-yard interception returned for a touchdown started the scoring in the fourth quarter. Following a 43-yard pass from Luck to T.Y. Hilton, the Pats put the icing on the cake with touchdown runs from Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen.

New England was outgained 448-446 in the win and gave up more first downs to Indianapolis than it gained (28-25), but four turnovers doomed the Colts. Three Pats defenders -- including the newly acquired Aqib Talib -- had interceptions, and two (Talib and Dennard) returned their picks for scores.

Tom Brady had a typical day at the office, passing for 331 yards and three scores. Two of those touchdowns went to tight end Rob Gronkowski, who amassed 137 yards on seven catches. Julian Edelman had five catches for 58 yards and also led the Patriots' rushing attack with one 47-yard rush.

Luck finished with 334 yards and two touchdowns. Hilton reeled in six catches for 100 yards and two scores while Vick Ballard had a team-high 72 rushing yards for Indianapolis (6-4).

New England will travel to face the AFC East rival New York Jets next Sunday.



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Patriots lead Colts at halftime, 24-17

The New England Patriots lead the Indianapolis Colts, 24-17, at halftime at Gillette Stadium on Sunday.

The Colts and rookie quarterback Andrew Luck struck first in the game when running back Delone Carter scored from one yard out to cap a 7-play, 80-yard opening drive. The Patriots answered with a Rob Gronkowski four-yard touchdown reception. The teams traded touchdowns again around the end of the first quarter and beginning of the second quarter.

New acquisition Aqib Talib picked off an Luck pass and took it back 59 yards for the touchdown to give the Patriots a 21-14 lead with 11:17 to play in the half. Former Patriots kicker Adam Vinatieri cut into the New England lead with a field goal with 5:51 to play in the half. However, the Pats answered back with a Stephen Gostkowski field goal with 1:58 to play to push their lead back to seven points. Vinatieri had a chance at a 58-yard field goal, but missed wide left as the half came to a close.

Tom Brady was very sharp in the first half, finishing 13-of-20 for 181 yards passing and a touchdown. Luck was 10-of-19 for 114 yards passing, one touchdown and an interception. Colts' running back Vick Ballard led all rushers with 56 yards on 11 carries. Rob Gronkowski led all receivers in the first half with 71 yards and one touchdown on four receptions.

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