Patriots coach Bill Belichick joined The Big Show for his weekly Monday breakdown and said his team needed to be more consistent in the wake of Sunday's 31-24 victory over the Colts.

"We didn't have a very good start to the game," Belichick said. "Once we got going there we put up a lot of points and didn't give up many. Then at the end we couldn't make a first down and couldn't stop them. We all saw it. We need to be more consistent." 

Tom Brady checked in with Dennis & Callahan Monday morning for his weekly visit, one day after a 31-24 victory over the Colts that turned out to be closer than expected after Indianapolis scored 21 straight points in the fourth quarter.

FOXBORO -- Brian Waters is smart. He’s also been around the league for a few years. So even though he’s only been in New England since the summer, when Sunday’s game between the Patriots and the Colts ended, he knew what his team was in for.



The Patriots beat the Colts, 31-24, on Sunday, but Indianapolis outscored New England 21-0 in the fourth quarter, nearly turning a blowout into a nail-biter for Patriots fans. The Colts' comeback ultimately failed when Deion Branch recovered an onside kick attempt with less than a minute to go in the game, but Patriots coach Bill Belichick was not pleased with the way his team played in the final quarter. 

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady threw a pair of touchdown passes to Rob Gronkowski and Gronkowski ran another in on a lateral and the Patriots woke up from an early slumber to handle the winless Colts, 31-24, Sunday at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots won their fourth straight to improve to 9-3, clinching their 11th straight winning season. The Colts dropped their 12th in a row and continued their march to what would be the second 0-16 season in NFL history.

FOXBORO -- Devin McCourty is active for the first time since injuring his right shoulder on Nov. 13 against the Jets as the Patriots announced their seven inactive players prior to the game with Colts.

Patrick Chung once again leads the list of inactives, missing his fourth game with a right ankle injury. Chung suffered the injury in the loss to the Giants on Nov. 6. 

The Patriots announced that they have released wide receiver Taylor Price, a third-round pick in 2010, and promoted offensive lineman Nick McDonald from the practice squad. Price caught three passes for 41 yards in last year's regular-season finale but was never able to break through and make an impact.

McDonald has been on the Patriots practice squad for most of the season. An undrafted free agent out of Saginaw Valley State, McDonald was signed by the Packers after the 2010 draft and has yet to see action in an NFL game.

Here are the 10 matchups we’ll be looking for in Sunday’s Patriots-Colts game at Gillette Stadium:

WHEN THE PATRIOTS HAVE THE BALL



FOXBORO -- The Patriots have ruled out starting right tackle Sebastian Vollmer for Sunday against the Colts after injuring his right foot last week against the Eagles. Linebacker Brandon Spikes (knee) also missed practice on Friday and is listed as doubtful. Chad Ochocinco (hamstring) fully particiapted in practice for the first time since Thanksgiving and is listed as probable. Brian Waters (knee) was removed from the injury report. Friday's complete injury report is as follows:

Did Not Participate:
LB Brandon Spikes (knee) OUT

FOXBORO -- In an indication that he might be ready to return to game action on Sunday, Patriots cornerback Devin McCourty said Friday that he has been able to make significant progress in healing his injured right shoulder. McCourty, who reportedly separated the shoulder when teammate Sterling Moore drilled him in the second quarter of the Jets game Nov. 13, took off the ice wrap following practice Friday and discussed his progress with reporters for several minutes.