Postgame notes: Patriots 43, Colts 22

Postgame notes: Patriots 43, Colts 22
January 12, 2014, 1:00 am
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FOXBORO -- Notes from the Patriots' 43-22 victory over the Colts, courtesy of the Pats' P.R. department:

-- The Patriots scored six rushing touchdowns against the Colts, tying the second-best rushing touchdown performance in NFL postseason history and scoring the most rushing touchdowns in the history of the franchise (regular season or playoffs). LeGarrette Blount had a record-setting four touchdowns, while Stevan Ridley added a pair of touchdowns for New England.

-- Blount's four rushing TDs are the second-most in NFL history, trailing only Ricky Watters’ five rushing touchdowns for San Francisco in 1993.

-- Blount ran for 166 yards, tying Curtis Martin for the most rushing yards in a playoff game in Patriots history. Martin also ran for 166 yards on January 5, 1997 against Pittsburgh in a divisional playoff game at Foxboro Stadium. Blount had a 73-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to give the Patriots a 36-22 lead. The 73-yard run was the second-longest run in team playoff history, trailing only Martin’s 78-yard scoring run in the game against Pittsburgh.

-- Blount’s 24 points set a new an NFL record for most points in an AFC Divisional playoff game. The previous high was 18, and three Patriots -- Rob Gronkowski (set vs. Denver in 2011), Shane Vereen (set vs. Houston in 2012) and Martin (set vs. Pittsburgh in 1996) -- were among the five tied for the old record.

-- The Patriots intercepted Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck four times, tying the team record for most interceptions in a playoff game. Alfonzo Dennard had two, and Dont’a Hightower and Jamie Collins each had one.

-- The Patriots scored 43 points, the second-highest playoff total in team history, trailing only the team’s playoff-record 45 points against Denver on January 14, 2012. New England has now scored 40 or more points in the divisional round in three straight seasons, as the Patriots have advanced to their third straight AFC Championship Game.

-- The Patriots improved to a 7-1 record in Divisional Playoff game after a bye week under Bill Belichick.

-- The Patriots played their ninth consecutive playoff game at home to extend the second-longest streak of home playoff games in NFL history. If the Chargers win this weekend, New England would host the AFC Championship Game and tie the Dolphins for the most consecutive playoff games at home in league history (10).

-- The Patriots have compiled a 25-17 record in their 42 playoff games and their .595 playoff winning percentage is the fifth best in NFL history among teams that have played at least 15 playoff games, behind only the Ravens (14-7, .667), the Packers (30-19, .612), the Steelers (33-21, .611) and the 49ers (29-19, .604). 

-- Belichick collected his 19th playoff win to tie Don Shula (19) for the second-most postseason wins among head coaches. Only Tom Landry (20) has more.

-- Brady added on to his NFL all-time passing record in the postseason and became the first player ever to reach 6,000 passing yards in the postseason. With 198 passing yards against Indianapolis, Brady finished the game with a career total of 6,147 career playoff passing yards. Brady is third all-time on the postseason touchdown list, behind Joe Montana (45) and Brett Favre (44). Brady leads all quarterbacks with 566 postseason completions.

-- The Patriots now have a 15-4 (.789) all-time record in home playoff games. The Patriots’ .789 winning percentage at home in the postseason ranks second among teams with at least 10 home playoff games, behind only the Raiders (19-5, .792). 

-- The Patriots are now 6-0 all-time in Saturday night home playoff games.