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Blount, Patriots run over Colts

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Foxboro, MA (.com) - LeGarrette Blount rushed for 166 yards and four touchdowns and the New England Patriots gained their third straight spot in the AFC title game with a 43-22 victory over the Indianapolis Colts.

The Patriots are the first team since the 2001-04 Philadelphia Eagles to go to at least three consecutive conference championship games. The Pats, the No. 2 seed, will play either at Denver or host San Diego next Sunday.

Tom Brady completed 13-of-25 passes for 198 yards, but was held without a touchdown pass. The night belonged to Blount, who rumbled 73 yards for a score early in the fourth quarter to give the Patriots a two-touchdown lead. Stevan Ridley, who ran for two TDs, scored from a yard out less than two minutes later to seal the outcome.

Andrew Luck had a pair of TD passes, but was picked off four times for the Colts, who rallied from a 28-point deficit a week prior to shock Kansas City, 45-44, in the wild card round.

January 11, 2014, at 11:28 PM ET
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