Rapid Reaction: Patriots 59, Colts 24
November, 18, 2012
By Paul Kuharsky | ESPN.com
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Thoughts on the Patriots’ 59-24 win over the Colts at Gillette Stadium:
What it means: The Colts fell to 6-4 overall, while Houston improved to 9-1 with its overtime win over Jacksonville. There are still two head-to-head Houston-Indianapolis meetings, but it’s hard to envision the Colts winning the AFC South. A wild-card berth is still a real possibility.
What I didn’t like: Defensively the Colts just weren’t able to contain the Patriots' weapons. Tom Brady finished 24-of-35 for 331 yards and three touchdowns and yielded to Ryan Mallett at the end. Tight end Rob Gronkowski was unstoppable with seven catches for 137 yards and two touchdowns. Andrew Luck threw three interceptions, the first of which new Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib returned 59 yards for a touchdown.
What I did like: Luck threw for over 300 yards for the fifth time this season, a record for a rookie. He continued to show a great knack for converting third downs. Reggie Wayne went over 1,000 yards receiving for the eighth time.
Injury concerns: Wide receiver Donnie Avery suffered a concussion late in the second quarter and didn’t return to the game. Defensive lineman Cory Redding left the game in the fourth quarter with a hip injury and also didn’t return.
Special-teams issues: The Colts gave up two punt returns for 106 yards to Julian Edelman, who took one for a 68-yard touchdown. Indy’s Jerry Hughes had and missed two chances to tackle him on the play.
What’s next: The Colts host the Buffalo Bills at Lucas Oil Stadium.