Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Sports

November 19, 2012

NFL: Brady outplays Luck, Patriots rout Colts 59-24

FOXBOROUGH, Mass — Alfonzo Dennard watched himself on the video board as he raced 87 yards with an interception for a touchdown. He wanted to see if the star rookie who threw the pass might catch him.

The way the New England Patriots were playing — with their usual strong offense, big plays on defense and a touchdown on a punt return — there was no way Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts could overtake them.

The Patriots, the NFL's highest-scoring team, equaled their single-game scoring record for points with a 59-24 win on Sunday.

"The coaches want us to play aggressive," said Dennard, whose touchdown made it 45-17. "So that's what I was doing out there."

The first matchup between three-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady and star rookie Luck was no match. Brady threw three touchdown passes. Luck threw three interceptions.

"They're good enough," Luck said. "They don't need those gifts, but to their credit, they created those and we didn't."

They may need them more after tight end Rob Gronkowski left the field with what the Patriots said was an arm injury with about four minutes left in the game. Comcast SportsNet New England reported X-rays showed Gronkowski had a broken arm. Neither the team nor Comcast SportsNet specified which arm was hurt.

Gronkowski caught two touchdown passes Sunday, giving him seven touchdown receptions in his last four games and 10 for the season. He finished the game with seven catches for 137 yards, The Patriots' other valuable tight end Aaron Hernandez missed his third straight game and sixth overall after spraining his right ankle.

The Patriots' much-maligned pass defense finally made major contributions as newcomer Aqib Talib returned another interception for a touchdown, covering 59 yards. And Rob Ninkovich's fifth forced fumble of the season — knocking the ball out of Luck's hand — set up Gronkowski's second scoring grab on the next play.

"We knew we couldn't come here and turn the football over and have a chance to win," Colts interim coach Bruce Arians said. "We've got a lot of rookies out there so every week is a learning experience. It was a bad learning experience."

The Patriots (7-3) won their fourth straight game and extended their lead in the AFC East to three games over the other three teams. The Colts (6-4) had their four-game winning streak stopped by the NFL's best offense and one of its worst defenses.

Now New England must hurry to prepare for its Thanksgiving night meeting with the Jets (4-6). New York ended a three-game slide with a 27-13 win over the St. Louis Rams.

"I don't think we're anywhere (near) where we need to be at this point," Brady said.

For the Patriots, Sunday's win was their most complete in a season in which they've averaged 35.8 points per game and lost their three games by a combined margin of four points.

The 59 points equals the team mark set in a 59-0 win over the Tennessee Titans on Oct. 18, 2009.

The Patriots also scored on a 68-yard punt return by Julian Edelman three plays before Talib gave the Patriots the lead for good, 21-14.

"I don't think guys panicked" after that one-two punch, Luck said. "Playing hard is not enough, as evidenced tonight."

Brady completed 24 of 35 passes for 331 yards and no interceptions. Luck was 27 for 50 for two touchdowns and 334 yards and set an NFL record as the first rookie with five 300-yard games.

The Colts were competitive for one half. The Patriots led 24-17 heading into the third quarter.

Then the Patriots scored on passes of 2 yards to Edelman and 24 yards to Gronkowski and Dennard's interception return.

Luck followed with a 43-yard scoring pass to T.Y. Hilton, the second of the game to the fellow rookie, But the Patriots responded with touchdown runs of 3 yards by Stevan Ridley and 4 yards by Shane Vereen.

The game began with touchdowns on the first three series: a 1-yard run by Delone Carter of the Colts, a 4-yard pass from Brady to Gronkowski, and a 14-yard pass from Luck to Hilton.

Stephen Gostkowski then missed a 36-yard field goal attempt for the Patriots.

But their fortunes changed four plays later. Edelman brought a punt back for a touchdown for the third time in his career after the defense forced Luck into a three-and-out. And just three plays and 61 seconds after that, the Patriots scored on Talib's touchdown to take the lead.

The catch was an easy one — Luck threw the ball high over Reggie Wayne's head — but the run was exceptional as Talib cut from the right side of the field to the left, eluding numerous Colts.

The Patriots obtained Talib from Tampa Bay before last Sunday's 37-31 win over Buffalo. But he sat that one out to complete a four-game suspension for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances.

"A lot of plays motivated the defense," Talib said. "About that third or fourth (Colts) series, we kind of got into it. It was kind of quiet out there early (then) we started talking."

Former Patriots kicker Adam Vinatieri, booed often in a stadium where he once was adored, cut the lead to 21-17 on a 47-yard field goal 5:46 before intermission.

Notes: The Patriots are 18-0 in the second half of the season starting in 2010. ... Luck broke Peyton Manning's NFL rookie record with his fifth game of at least 300 yards passing. ... Wes Welker stretched his streak to 104 games with at least one reception. ... Reggie Wayne tied Cris Carter's NFL mark with 58 consecutive games with at least three catches. ... Colts WR Donnie Avery left the game with a concussion. Arians had no update after the game.

___

Online: http://pro32.ap.org/poll and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL

 

1
Text Only
Sports
  • SLIDESHOW: Notre Dame football media day

    August 19, 2014

  • NASCAR JGR Lineup Auto Racing-12 [TGN Online] Gibbs hires Carl Edwards and Daniel Suarez HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — Carl Edwards scrolled across a stage at Joe Gibbs Racing and jokingly yelled, 'Surprise!' There was no surprise whatsoever about his formal introduction Tuesday as a fourth driver in the JGR Sprint Cup lineup. The move had been

    August 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • TV Redskins Name Football [TGN Online] Simms, Dungy likely not to use 'Redskins' on TV NEW YORK — Two influential NFL voices — including CBS lead analyst Phil Simms, who will handle Washington's Week 4 game — said Monday they likely won't use the term "Redskins" when discussing the franchise. "My very first thought is it will be Washi

    August 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Poland Soccer Real Fiorentina-3 [TGN Online] 10th European Cup in hand, Madrid turns to Liga BARCELONA, Spain — Real Madrid is set to place an even greater emphasis on winning the Spanish league title after ending its quest for an elusive 10th European Cup last season. For 12 straight years, Madrid's coaches and players had been tasked with

    August 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • Thursday Nights Football-3 [TGN Online] NFL games taking over Thursday nights on CBS NEW YORK — "The Big Bang Theory" is one of the few television shows that can approach the NFL in viewership. CBS executives still didn't hesitate to temporarily move TV's top-rated comedy to a different night to make room for football. Already domin

    August 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • Cardinals Camp Football [TGN Online] Cardinals DT Dockett tears ACL, out for season GLENDALE, Ariz. — Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett, one of the most durable players in the NFL over the past decade, tore the ACL in his right knee during practice Monday and will undergo season-ending surgery. The team said the ex

    August 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Browns Redskins Football [TGN Online] Manziel's gesture taints Browns' loss to Redskins LANDOVER, Md. — If the Cleveland Browns pick a quarterback based solely on numbers, there's not much either Johnny Manziel or Brian Hoyer did to show he deserves the job. If the choice is based on maturity, the hot-shot rookie's obscene gesture lost

    August 19, 2014 7 Photos

  • APTOPIX Browns Redskins Football [Duplicate] Manziel's gesture taints Browns' loss to Redskins Redskins 24-Browns 23. LANDOVER, Md. — Johnny Manziel raised his middle finger toward the Washington Redskins bench as he returned to the huddle late in the third quarter. It was one of the few times a Cleveland Browns quarterback actually found his

    August 19, 2014 7 Photos

  • GN140819 elkhart memorial letterwinners 01 Elkhart Memorial High School football preview ELKHART — There are going to be plenty of youthful players on the 2014 Elkhart Memorial High School football team as only 15 letterwinners return from last season’s squad that posted a 2-8 record.

    August 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140819 elkhart central letterwinners 01 Leadership starting to show for Central Blue Blazers ELKHART — Confidence and leadership were two were of the words used by Elkhart Central High School football coach Levon Johnson to describe the 2014 Blue Blazers.There are 26 letterwinners back from a squad that finished 4-7 in 2013.“Leadership is st

    August 17, 2014 1 Photo

Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
AP Video
US Trying to Verify Video of American's Killing FBI Director Addresses Ferguson Shooting in Utah Raw: Police at Scene of St. Louis Shooting Police: 2 Calif. Boys Planned School Shooting NOLA Police Chief Retires Amid Violent Crimes Lunch Bus Delivers Meals to Kids Out of School Water Bottles Recalled for Safety Researcher Testing On-Field Concussion Scanners Rockets Fired From Gaza, in Breach of Ceasefire Raw: Japanese Military Live Fire Exercise Police, Protesters Clash in Ferguson Independent Autopsy Reveals Michael Brown Wounds Nashville Embraces Motley Crue Obama: 'Time to Listen, Not Just Shout' Lawyer: Gov. Perry Indictment a 'Nasty Attack' Raw: Russian Aid Convoy Crosses Into Ukraine Iowa Man Builds Statue of a Golfer Out of Balls Assange Gets Cryptic About Leaving Embassy in UK Raw: Building Collapse in South Africa, 9 Dead Raw: Pope Francis Meets 'Comfort Women'
Poll

Three Goshen elementary schools — Chandler, Chamberlain and West Goshen — are providing free meals to all students during the school year as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Nearly 80 percent of students at Chandler, 89 percent of students at Chamberlain and 78 percent of students at West Goshen already qualify for free or reduced-price lunches based on their family income. How do you feel about the new lunch program?

I think it’s a good idea to feed all the students free of charge
I think those who can afford it should pay for their school meals
I think all students should be required to pay for their school meals
     View Results