The most up-to-date content on the planet
this just in
 RSS
WEEI » This Just In » No Luck needed: Brady, Gronk rout Colts
Sun, 11/18/2012 - 8:28pm  

No Luck needed: Brady, Gronk rout Colts

FOXBORO -- Rob Gronkowski caught a pair of touchdowns, Aqib Talib and Alfonzo Dennard returned interceptions for TDs, and Tom Brady threw for 300 yards for the 51st time in his career as the Patriots mauled Andrew Luck and the Colts, 59-24, at Gillette Stadium. It marked the second time this season that the Patriots reached the 50-point mark in a game, as the Pats improved upon their NFL-best scoring average. Brady finished 24-of-35 for 331 yards and three touchdowns and a rating of 126.7. Luck was not sharp, with several tipped passes over the middle, finishing 27-of-49 for 334 yards with three interceptions. It was the fifth time Luck went over 300 yards this season, the most by any rookie in NFL history.

The 59 points matched the franchise record 59-point game in a shutout win over the Titans on Oct. 18, 2009. Julian Edelman was also huge, returning a punt 68 yards for a game-tying touchdown, breaking a 47-yard run and recording five catches for 58 yards and a touchdown. Gronkowski finished with seven catches on seven targets for 137 yards.

The Colts went up 7-0 when they took the game-opening drive and marched down the field 80 yards in seven plays. The key play was a pass interference call on Kyle Arrington on a deep post route by Donnie Avery. Arrington was benched in the second quarter as Alfonzo Dennard and Marquice Cole picked up the slack. The 40-yard penalty set the Colts up at the Patriots' 6. Two plays later, Delon Carter took it in from one yard for the game's first score. 

Brady responded immediately, hooking up with Gronkowski three times for 56 yards, including a 36-yarder to the Colts' 23 and a 4-yard touchdown pass that tied the game, 7-7. It was Brady's 42nd consecutive game with at least one touchdown pass, third-most in NFL history. It was also Gronkowski's 36th TD, matching John Jefferson for the most in NFL history through his first three seasons. He would pass Jefferson in the third quarter. 

The Colts came back to take the lead on a Luck-to-T.Y. Hilton connection in the back of the end zone, as Hilton slid while making the grab, with Talib trailing the play. The momentum then appeared to be going against the Patriots when Stephen Gostkowski missed a 34-yard field goal wide right. 

But things changed drastically thanks to two big returns in the second quarter. Edelman took a low punt from Pat McAfee at the New England 32 and raced up the right sideline to take it in for the score. With the game tied, 14-14, Luck overthrew a wide open Reggie Wayne on the next series and Talib, playing behind Wayne, picked it off and ran toward the Patriots sideline before cutting back and following a pair of blocks to get into the end zone, giving the Patriots the lead, 21-14. 

With the crowd booing Adam Vinatieri, he connected on a 47-yard field goal to bring the Colts within four, 21-17. Gostkowski connected on a 31-yard field goal to make it a seven-point game again. Vinatieri missed wide left on a 58-yard field goal attempt at the halftime gun as the Patriots took a 24-17 lead to the locker room for the second straight week. 

The Patriots took the opening drive of the second half and marched 76 yards as Brady hit Gronkowski for a 31-yard completion to the Colts' 23. The drive was capped when Brady hit Edelman in the end zone for a 4-yard TD. Brady made it a 38-17 game when he found Gronkowski from 23 yards out, one play after Rob Ninkovich strip-sacked Luck and recovered the fumble. Alfonzo Dennard jumped in front of a pass intended for Wayne and ran it back 87 yards for the second pick-six of the day, the first time since 2002 the Patriots have accomplished the feat. 

The Patriots now are a combined 18-0 in the second half of the season dating back to the season finale in 2009, when they lost at Houston. The Patriots improve to 7-3 on the season and have a very short week before taking on the 4-6 Jets on Thanksgiving night at MetLife Stadium. 

The win was tempered by a report that Gronkowski, who left in the fourth quarter, has a broken forearm. Rookie defensive end Chandler Jones injured his right ankle and did not return after leaving in the first half.

For complete coverage from the team of Chris Price and Mike Petraglia on the scene at Gillette, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots and the blog It Is What It Is




Audio On Demand

NFL Sunday with Dickerson…

NFL Sunday with Dickerson and Price -- Reaction to Don Banks and more on Deflategate - 6-28-15

The guys react to what Don Banks had to say and get into some more thoughts on Deflategate. Are McNally and Jastremski ever going to break their silence and give their side of the story? Price says yes ... eventually.

Don Banks, SI.com, joins Dickerson and Price on NFL Sunday - 6-28-15

Don Banks talks with the NFL Sunday boys about his reaction to Brady's appeal, where we go from here and the NFL's motives and decisions throughout the process. He also gets into the Pats offseason so far and their weakness at CB. Don gives his take on the AFC East this year and how some of the Pats' rivals have improved.

NFL Sunday with Greg Dickerson and Chris Price -- Reaction to news from Tom Brady's appeal on Tuesday - 6-28-15

Greg and Price discuss their thoughts on some of the reports that have leaked after Tuesday from Brady's appeal hearing. The boys talk about what the reaction will be if Brady decides to accept a 1-game suspension. Fans want a complete exoneration, but there's a good chance that they won't get that - how will they react? They also talk with Mike Petraglia and get his thought on the appeal and more.

We Love Anthony Davis - N…

We Love Anthony Davis - NBA Finals Breakdown 6-13-15

Sam is joined by Jared Weiss from The Garden Report and CLNS Radio to breakdown game 4 of Cavs-Warriors, preview game 5 on Sunday, and analyze the Celtics needs this off-season.

Dickerson and Tomase discuss the Celtics and their upcoming playoff series against the Cavs 4-19-15

Greg Dickerson and John Tomase discuss the amazing season for the Celts and if they have any chance against Lebron and the Cleveland Cavs in a seven game series. If they do, HOW ... how do they get it done?

Brian Scalabrine: I am the biggest Marcus Smart fan. 4-2-15

Brian "White Mamba" Scalabrine joins the guys to talk about the Celtics playoff push, the development of Marcus Smart and James Young, and the prospect of Brad Stevens leaving the Celtics for a college job.

Pablo Sandoval Player Of …

Pablo Sandoval Player Of The Game Interview 6-28-15

Joe & Dave talked to the Sox third baseman, who hit a homer and knocked in two runs in the win in Tampa Bay.

Mookie Betts Player Of The Game Interview 6-21-15

Joe & Dave talked to the Sox center fielder, who was a single short of the cycle in the blowout win in Kansas City.

Bob Kendrick, President of The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City

Joe Castiglione talked to Justin Masterson and Bob Kendrick after the annual team trip to the museum.

Bruins GM Don Sweeney wit…

Bruins GM Don Sweeney with Dale and Holley

Don Sweeney, who was hired as the Bruins general manager yesterday speaks with Dale and Holley about his new position and where the Bruins go from here.

Fluto Shinzawa, NHL reporter for the Boston Globe, joins the Sunday Skate crew to discuss the future of the Bruins franchise 4-19-15

The awesomely knowledgeable Fluto Shinzawa calls DJ, Naoko and Pete to talk about his thoughts on the future of the B's. He discusses his column from earlier this week on Cam Neely wanting to give Claude the ax earlier in the season but not getting the ok. Fluto shares his thoughts on Chiarelli's firing, the future for Claude and where the Bruins should go from here. He also gives his opinion on potential moves the team can make, who would fit in here, his thoughts on the NHL playoffs so far and more.

Sunday Skate with DJ Bean, Naoko Funayama and Pete Blackburn - HOUR #2 - 4-19-15

In the final hour of the "midseason finale" as DJ likes to call it, the crew discuss more about the future of the Bruins franchise, the possible power struggle in the front office and who should be the head coach going forward. They talk to intelligent and talented Fluto Shinzawa about all of these thing and more in an excellent interview, and finally, DJ says THANK YOU!

Headlines, Headlines, Hea…

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Ted 2 struggles at the box office 6-29-15

The top stories of the day as recounted by Gary Tanguay.

Can the Red Sox move on from Hanley Ramirez? 6-29-15

The guys discussed Jim Bowden's column on trade possibilities for the Red Sox and Hanley.

The Bruins are a laughingstock 6-29-15

The guys discussed a brutal weekend for the Boston Bruins.

Bruins fans: Your team is…

Bruins fans: Your team is in a complete "re-building" mode, 6-29-15

The show opens up talking about the Bruins going from "re-tooling" to "re-building" very quickly as they traded away Milan Lucic and Dougie Hamilton and drafted 3 guys in the first round that are years away from contributing.

Pierre McGuire, NBC Sports assesses Don Sweeney's first draft as GM of the Bruins, 6-29-15

Pierre McGuire joined the show to talk about Doug Hamilton and Milan Lucic being traded, the 3 picks the B's made in the first round, Adam McQuaid, and generally what the front office may be thinking with this approach.

Greg Wyshynski, Puck Daddy, discusses Don Sweeney's poor draft and trades, 6-29-15

Greg Wyshynski talk about the negative reviews of the Lucic and Hamilton trades, and the subsequent draft picks on Friday.

Bruins blow up the team, …

Bruins blow up the team, fail to impress on draft night: where do they go from here?

They're the topic of the town again, and probably for the wrong reasons. Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss where the Bruins went wrong, what direction they may be heading, and how it may or may not get better.

Dale and Holley's Final Drive - 06-29-15

We wrap up the day with some of the best in sound that you may have missed throughout the weekend.

View of the Bruins from Canada with John Shannon of RogersSportsNet

We go north of the border and try and find out what the heck the Bruins are doing with John Shannon of Rogers SportsNet

Danny Picard reacts to NB…

Danny Picard reacts to NBA Draft, 6-25-15

Danny's early thoughts on Celtics drafting Terry Rozier at the 16th pick

Should Mikey Adams have tipped the Geek Squad?

Planet Mikey, joined by Chris Villani, Lenny Megliola, and the Textress Lucy, discuss whether Mikey Adams should have tipped Best Buy's Geek Squad after delivering his new TV. Also, the state of the Red Sox after losing another series to the Baltimore Orioles.

Planet Mikey & Greg Dickerson on the Celtics drafting Terry Rozier

Minutes after the Boston Celtics selected Louisville guard Terry Rozier with the 16th pick in the NBA Draft, WEEI's Greg Dickerson joined Mikey Adams, Chris Villani, and Lenny Megliola to give their thoughts.

Red Sox Farm Report Podca…

Red Sox Farm Report Podcast - PawSox Mayhem

Joe Kelly and Rusney Castillo are down. Jackie Bradley Jr. and Deven Marrero are up. Can you tell Pawtucket's roster from Boston's? Ken Laird and Ryan Hannable discuss a busy week on the farm with special guests Rob Bradford and affiliate voices Josh Maurer, Mike Antonellis, Kevin Burke, and Cameron White. Plus prospect profiles with Portland's Jantzen Witte and Carlos Asuaje.

We Love Anthony Davis - Confusing Celtics Draft 6-26-15

After a disappointing and confusing NBA Draft, Chris Forsberg joins Sam to discuss the draft and the Danny Ainge's strategy moving into Free Agency.

Wrestlecast 6/25

Mike Mulloy is back to talk Raw and vent some frustrations with the current state of affairs.

Where is Minihane? 6-29-1…

Where is Minihane? 6-29-15

Kirk was told to stay home after his crossover with Fauria.

More from this show

The Crossover: Minihane v…

The Crossover: Minihane vs Fauria 6-26-15

Christian tried to settle things with Kirk...didn't happen

More from this show

Headlines, Headlines, Hea…

Danny Picard Hour 2, 6-27…

Danny Picard Hour 2, 6-27-15

Danny reacts to the Bruins' Dougie Hamilton trade and the NHL Draft.

More from this show

Can the Red Sox move on f…

Can the Red Sox move on from Hanley Ramirez? 6-29-15

The guys discussed Jim Bowden's column on trade possibilities for the Red Sox and Hanley.

More from this show

Weei Writers