Blount: 'We came in with mindset to play physical'

Blount: 'We came in with mindset to play physical'
December 22, 2013, 11:00 pm
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PATRIOTS 41, RAVENS 7

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BALTIMORE -- LeGarrette Blount didn’t have a blue period. He’s had blue periods.
 
Radioactive coming out of Oregon for knocking out a Boise State player cold when said player taunted him after a game. Diminishing returns in Tampa where Greg Schiano seemingly got to the point that he said, “Some men, you just can’t reach…”
 
Blount was traded by the Bucs to the Patriots in April in exchange for a seventh-round pick and reluctant return man/track star Jeff Demps.
 
Sunday in Baltimore, Blount was running through the Ravens (16 carries 76, yards, two touchdowns), doing the Ray Lewis Itchy Areas Dance after his second score and, after the game, sprinting through the tunnel en route to the Patriots locker room demanding his hat and t-shirt. Having never won a division title before -- or been on a team that made the playoffs -- Blount was understandably enthused.
 
“It feels amazing,” Blount acknowledged. “Just the fact that we came in with the mindset to play physical and play these guys with downhill running. Man up and it’s us against y’all. No gadgets, no nothing. Us against y’all and may the best man win. That’s the mindset we came in with and that’s how we played.”
 
The Ravens held the Patriots running game in check in their last three meetings: 33-for-121 in the 2012 playoffs, 34-for-77 in the 2012 regular season and 31 for 96 in the 2011 AFC Championship. Sunday, the Patriots carried 34 times for 142 yards. It was the sixth time in the past seven games the opposition averaged more than four yards per carry on the Ravens defense.
 
“They feel that’s their style of play so if anyone come in here and tries to play that style against them, they feel like they’re gonna win but that’s not the case here,” said Blount who has carried 129 times for 583 yards and 5 touchdowns this year.

The running back rotation for the Patriots is made up of players who are all a little underestimated. But they may be the key to how far the Patriots are ultimately able to go.
 
“We’ve been becoming mentally tougher as the season’s gone on,” Blount said of the running back group. “Everything seems like it’s coming together with our group. We’ve gotten into a rhythm and a mode where we know how we’re gonna run things and how things are gonna go and it’s been productive. Being able to be a part of this team and being productive at what we do has been amazing.”