The New England Patriots built up an early lead against the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship and never looked back. Unlike Green Bay, who blew a 16-0 lead at the half to lose the NFC Championship in overtime against the Seattle Seahawks, New England ran away with the game in the second half after taking a 17-7 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Touchdowns on each of their first four possessions after halftime blew the game wide open for the Patriots. Tom Brady threw for 226 yards and three touchdowns, showing his usual poise at home in a high-pressure situation. LeGarrette Blount rushed for nearly a century and a half, with another three touchdowns on the ground. And a stout New England defense held the Colts to just 2__ yards of total offense, forcing two interceptions and three punts before Indianapolis ran out of time on its final drive.
The emphatic 45-7 victory by Bill Belichick’s crew sends New England to its sixth Super Bowl appearance of the 21st century, with a shot at winning the franchise’s fourth title against the defending champions.
The Sports Unbiased team recap the game and discuss what’s next for the Patriots, as they advance to Super Bowl XLIX.
Keith Rivas: With Seattle waiting on the other side in what is sure to be one of the best Super Bowls we have ever seen, the New England Patriots willed their way to victory Sunday night over Andrew Luck and the resurgent Indianapolis Colts. The focus now shifts to how New England can dismantle the mighty Seahawks as Richard Sherman and company will be locked, loaded, and ready to go — but most importantly ready to defend their title. Sit back, relax, and get some friends together for this year’s Super Bowl. But seriously, are you not entertained?
Zach Bigalke: With ten minutes to go, this game was basically over. New England dominated Indianapolis throughout, with Brady efficiently picking apart the Colts’ secondary and LeGarrette Blount pounding in three touchdowns on the ground. It wasn’t really an exciting game, as New England wrapped around their guests at Foxboro and constricted the life out of the underdogs.
New England will be a tough opponent for Seattle, especially with a stronger running game than Brady is used to having. Rob Gronkowski is a tough matchup for the Seahawks secondary, and he’s been a big part of the success Tom Brady has enjoyed this season. It wasn’t a perfect game for Brady, who threw an early interception and took several hard hits late, but he still completed about two-thirds of his attempts and tossed three touchdown passes. Bill Belichick will have plenty of time to plan for the coach that used to hold his job with the Patriots, and it should be a close Super Bowl in Glendale on February 1. Can the Patriots win a fourth Lombardi Trophy? It’ll be tough against a team that brings a far tougher defense to the table, but it is certainly possible given the talent on both sides of the ball.
Jr. Williams: The Patriots completely dominated and demoralized the Colts defensive front-line. After an amazing Seahawks vs Packers game, I was looking forward to watching another great playoffs game between the Colts and Patriots, boy was I wrong. Luck appeared to have run out of luck as he appeared unready to perform on the big stage. The Colts didn’t appear to be the same team that took down the Cincinnati Bengals and Denver Broncos — there will be a lot of reflection time for Luck and the rest of his teammates. Brady and company appeared to be on a mission to avenge their last two Super Bowl shortcomings. One thing for certain, the two best teams are headed to Super Bowl XLIX, in what is sure to be an exciting game.
Bobby Bourhis: The Patriots were simply dominant on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. Andrew Luck was pressured all game long which led to several incompletions and turnovers. The Colts struggled to get T.Y. Hilton open down the field which hindered their ability to put points on the board. For the Patriots, Tom Brady and their offense overwhelmed the Colts throughout the night. The Patriots look like a team poised to win the Super Bowl this year behind Brady and their much improved defense. Unfortunately for them, they have a much tougher opponent waiting for them, as the Seattle Seahawks pulled out a thrilling win earlier in the day against the Green Bay Packers. Overall, the Patriots showed that they are a legitimate power house, as they flat out dominated the Colts in every way possible.
The Patriots are going to have to play a nearly perfect game against the Seahawks in the Super Bowl. Seattle has the better defense between the two teams, but the Patriots have Tom Brady on their side. The Patriots have a good enough defense to give Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch some trouble, and keep the game close. Expect to see a game that is low scoring and comes down to the wire. One of the deciding factors for the Patriots is whether they can establish their running game early on. This will be a challenge against the Seahawks rush defense, but if the Patriots are able to accomplish this goal, then they should be able to pull out a victory. If their running game is not established, it will be tough for Tom Brady to find openings against Seattle’s explosive secondary.