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Brady and Patriots Crush Colts, Advance to 6th Super Bowl
By Mike Jasko

The Patriots set the tone early, capitalizing on a muffed punt that allowed the Patriots to keep the ball after their first drive stalled. LeGarrette Blount punched the ball in from the 1-yard line to put the Patriots up a touchdown with less than five minutes gone. On that drive, Tom Brady set the postseason passing yardage records, moving past Peyton Manning.

The Colts had some success on their next drive before Colts kicker and former Patriot Adam Vinatieri missed a 51-yard field goal. The Patriots wasted no time, driving down and scoring on a Tom Brady 1-yard touchdown pass to fullback James Develin to give New England a 14-0 advantage before the first quarter was out.

Tom Brady

Tom Brady led the way for the Patriots, throwing for 226 on 22 of 25 passing for 3 touchdowns and an interception. His lone blemish came early in the second quarter when he, looking to put his team up 21-0, threw a ball over the middle which was intercepted by D’Qwell Jackson. This play put a spark into the Colts’ offense, and they drove 93 yards to cut the lead in half. The drive’s big play was a 36-yard connection from Andrew Luck to T.Y. Hilton. Zurlon Tipton converted a 1-yard rush for a score to make the touchdown official after a pair of 11-yard completions to Coby Fleener put the Colts on the doorstep.

The Colts defense was unable to keep New England from moving the ball all day, and their ground defense was especially poor. LeGarrette Blount, who began the season as Le’Veon Bell’s back-up for the Pittsburgh Steelers, rushed for 148 yards on 30 carries and racked up 3 touchdowns. The Patriots drove the ball inside the 5-yard line before halftime but settled for the field goal to go up 17-7 at the half.

New England received the ball to start the second half and continued move the ball without much resistance from the Colts’ defense. They scored on a pass from Tom Brady to eligible lineman Nate Solder, who ran about 15 yards after the catch to score the touchdown. The Colts were unable to answer on offense all day.

It was a miserable day for Andrew Luck, who completed just 12 of his 33 pass completions for 126 yards. He threw one of two interceptions on Indy’s next drive; it was picked up by Derrelle Revis, and the Patriots scored on the very next play on 13-yard scamper from Blount.

Tom Brady made his Super Bowl debut in the 2001 season, his first as a starter. His victory that season was the first of three Super Bowl wins in four seasons, but it has been 10 years since his he last hoisted the Lombardi Trophy. He led the Patriots to the Super Bowl in the 2007 and 2011 seasons, but came up sort, losing to the Giants both times.

In what will be Brady’s sixth Super Bowl appearance, he will face the defending champs, Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks. 

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