Final Score: Patriots 34, Colts 27
October 18, 2015
Capping off the weekend action on “Sunday Night Football,” we had a nice-looking Week 6 matchup between the Patriots and the Colts. New England was cruising into this one after destroying the Cowboys in their last game, while Indianapolis edged out the Texans on “Thursday Night Football” in Week 5. Games between these two teams are always entertaining, and this one was no different.
Let’s check out some of the key stats and players from the game so that we can determine why things played out the way they did. Afterward, we’ll look ahead to Week 7 to see what’s in store for both teams.
What Happened: The Colts came out pretty strong in this one, taking the Patriots by surprise in a solid first half. The scoring began on a 5-yard Donte Moncrief TD catch from Andrew Luck, but New England was able to respond on a 12-yard Julian Edelman TD catch from Tom Brady. We were knotted up at seven apiece after one.
In the second, Stephen Gostkowski gave the Patriots the lead on a field goal. Shortly thereafter, Mike Adams snagged a Tom Brady pass out of the air on a tip and took it 14 yards to the house. LeGarrette Blount helped his team respond on a 38-yard TD run, and the Colts struck back on a 3-yard hookup between Luck and T.Y. Hilton. Gostkowski would add one more field goal and we’d end a busy first half 21-20 Colts.
In the third, the only scoring came on a Brady to Rob Gronkowski hookup from 25 yards out. Gronk had been held without a catch in the first half.
In the fourth, Blount put the game seemingly out of reach on an 11-yard TD catch. The Colts would show one last spark with a Griff Whalen 18-yard TD catch from Luck, but couldn’t recover the ensuing onside kick.
The Pats (5-0) remain undefeated after the 34-27 victory, while the Colts (3-3) still hold a loose grip on the AFC South.
The Stars: Brady was solid as ever here, logging 23-of-37 passing for 312 yards and three scores. His main beneficiary was Danny Amendola, who posted seven grabs for 105 yards. Blount also had 104 total yards with the two touchdowns.
On the other side, Luck had a decent statistical game with 30-of-50 passing for 312 yards and three touchdowns.
The Goats: The Colts had a couple of mind-boggling calls that changed the flow of the game. The most notable was a bizarre fake punt attempt that set New England up deep in Indy territory. They also whiffed on a relatively early onside kick attempt.
The Colts offense couldn’t sustain drives in the second half, falling victim to penalties (11 team total for 103 yards) and missed opportunities.
Injuries: Marcus Cannon came out early for the Patriots; he had a toe injury. The Colts also lost a couple of players themselves, notably Mike Adams, which was a huge blow to their secondary.
Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 7, both teams will be back at home on Sunday, October 25 at 1:00 PM ET. The Patriots will welcome the Jets (CBS), while the Colts will host the Saints (FOX).
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