New England Patriots at Indianapolis Colts NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Andrew’s Week 11 NFL Breakdown and Analysis
November 16, 2014
Finishing off the NFL’s weekend slate on “Sunday Night Football,” we had one of the marquis matchups of the season between the Patriots and the Colts. Both teams came into this one well-rested after Week 10 byes, so before the game there was a prevailing sense that we’d be seeing the best both teams had to offer. In the end, however, this game was pretty one-sided.
Let’s check in on some of the notable players and storylines from this one so that we can figure out why things played out the way they did. Afterward we’ll look ahead to Week 12 so we can see what’s in store for both teams.
What Happened: Each week, the Patriots seem to invent a new way to win football games. This week, it was RB Jonas Gray’s turn. He started up the scoring on a 4-yard TD run midway through the first quarter. The Colts responded on a field goal from 31 yards out by Adam Vinatieri for a 7-3 result after one.
Gray struck again on a 2-yard TD run in the second, and the Colts kept pace with a 10-yard TD pass from Andrew Luck to Hakeem Nicks to make it 14-10 at the break.
In the third, New England started to pull away. Tim Wright got a 2-yard TD grab from Brady, and Gray added a 2-yard TD run. Sandwiched between the two was another Vinatieri field goal, this one from 53 yards out.
In the foruth, the Colts showed some late life on a 1-yard pass TD from Luck to Anthony Castonzo, making it 28-20. That’s as close as the Colts would get, however. Gray hit the NFL’s version of a natural hat trick with another rushing score from one yard out, giving him a touchdown in each quarter. Rob Gronkowski put the final touches on the victory with a 26-yard TD catch and a 42-20 final score.
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The Stars: Gray was obviously the main attraction here. He rushed 38 times for 199 yards and the four touchdowns, accounting for the vast majority of the 248 rush yards the running backs (and WR Julian Edelman) produced.
Through the air, Gronkowski was the big contributor, getting four receptions for 71 yards and a score.
On the other side, Coby Fleener led the receiving with seven grabs for 144 yards and Reggie Wayne added five for 91 of his own. Andrew Luck also minimized his mistakes, posting 303 yards passing with two touchdowns and a pick. The Indy offense simply couldn’t keep pace, however.
The Goats: The Colts needed to get their running game going to have a chance here, and they didn’t do it. The two backs had just four yards on 14 carries. Luck was the team’s leading rusher, if that tells you anything.
New England had 33 first downs to the Colts’ 17, and held the ball for 34:21 compared to 25:39.
Injuries: The Colts are in trouble with a couple of notable injuries here. Both TE Dwayne Allen and RB Ahmad Bradshaw left the game. Allen hurt his ankle and Bradshaw his lower left leg.
Outlook: Both teams will be at home in Week 12. The Colts will welcome the Jaguars to Lucas Oil Stadium (Sunday, Nov. 23; 1:00 PM ET on CBS), while the Patriots will host the incoming Lions (Sunday, Nov. 23; 1:00 PM ET on FOX).
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