The Patriots overcame a brief stuttering start for their defense, where they allowed back-to-back 80-yard touchdown drives, to soundly beat the Indianapolis Colts 59-24, tying a Patriots record for points in a game.
Both teams put up over 400 yards, but it was the two pick sixes by Andrew Luck that ultimately made the biggest difference and sparked New England to the big victory.
The Patriots offense was dominant from start to finish in a sign that things are starting to come around in the consistency department. They had just one punt when the game was still in question.
Julian Edelman had what might be a breakout game for the versatile Patriot weapon. The Pats had been trying to incorporate him more into the offense early in the year, but this was the first game where things really started to come together. He had 222 all-purpose yards.
Rob Gronkowski continued his dominance against the Colts with seven catches for 137 yards and two touchdowns.
The defense was inconsistent early, but allowed just seven total points in the second half in what is a positive sign. Aqib Talib made an impact both on the good side (pick six) and the bad side (two touchdown catches allowed).
Once again the yards allowed and horrible third-down percentage (Colts 8-for-14) didn't matter. What mattered were four turnovers by the Colts to none for the Patriots. When you turn the ball over that much against Tom Brady you're going to lose, and probably lose big.
This was one of the best all around team efforts of the year for the Patriots, and they'll have a quick turnaround having to travel to the Jets on Thanksgiving night.
Once again it looks like New England is starting to play their best football at the end of November.
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