Final, Patriots 34-27: The Patriots recovered the onside kick and now Brady’s ending it with kneel downs.
Fourth quarter, 1:19, Patriots 34-27: The Patriots, as has become typical this season, gave up a late touchdown.
Jamie Collins jumped OVER the Colts’ line to block the extra point, however, making this a seven-point game.
Fourth quarter, 3:31, Patriots 34-21: The Colts got into scoring position thanks to a long scramble by Andrew Luck, but the Colts QB threw four straight incompletions for a turnover on downs. The Patriots have the ball on their own 29-yard line and Indianapolis fans are pouring out of the stadium.
Fourth quarter, 5:19, Patriots 34-21: The Colts are kind of hanging in here, despite still being down two scores.
They forced another Patriots punt with a sack by safety Dwight Lowery.
Fourth quarter, 6:39, Patriots 34-21: The Patriots forced another punt thanks again to a Chandler Jones sack. He now has 2.5 on the night.
Fourth quarter, 9:26, Patriots 34-21: The Patriots didn’t press down on the gas just yet and had to punt for the third time today.
The Colts have the ball on their own 16-yard line.
Fourth quarter, 11:24, Patriots 34-21: The Colts are crumbling.
The Patriots drew two holding penalties and sacked Luck on that series, forcing a punt.
The Colts just couldn’t get out of their own way.
Fourth quarter, 12:48, Patriots 34-21: What was supposed to be a swinging gate fake punt by the Colts turned into a huge momentum swing for the Patriots.
Brady evaded the Colts pass rush and hit LeGarrette Blount for a touchdown. The Patriots now lead by two scores with 12:48 to go.
Third quarter, 1:14, Patriots 27-21: The Colts are morons.
I’m not sure I can even explain what just happened. The Colts faked a punt on the right side of the field but actually snapped the ball in the center of the field. The Patriots sniffed it out, and stuffed the run for a loss of yards. The Patriots then got the ball on the Colts’ 35-yard line.
Oh, and the entire right side of the field wasn’t on the line, so the Patriots declined a penalty for illegal formation.
Third quarter, 3:56, Patriots 27-21: The Colts forced a three-and-out for the first time all game. The Colts have the ball on their own 19-yard line after a punt and block in the back.
Third quarter, 5:02, Patriots 27-21: The Colts were moving down the field with some momentum, but Easley put an end to it with a big third-down sack.
Patriots defensive end Jabaal Sheard is questionable to return to the game with an ankle injury.
Third quarter, 8:47, Patriots 27-21: Ryan Allen earned his paycheck today, punting for the first time.
Brady hit Gronkowski for a 15-yard gain, then Dion Lewis picked up 3 yards and Brady threw two incompletions.
Third quarter, 10:20, Patriots 27-21: The Patriots just forced a three-and-out, and now the offense has a chance to step on the gas and not let up.
Malcolm Butler prevented a first-down with really impressive closing speed and form on third down.
Third quarter, 10:56, Patriots 27-21: Did you know Rob Gronkowski plays for the Patriots? Apparently the tight end is pretty good.
Gronk picked up his first two catches of the game, and they went for 10 yards and a 25-yard touchdown.
Danny Amendola is having a huge game. He already has six catches for 98 yards.
Offensive tackle Marcus Cannon has been ruled out with a toe injury. He started the game at left tackle. The Patriots have lost their starting left tackles in consecutive games. Nate Solder was lost for the season last week with a torn biceps.
Halftime, Colts 21-20: The Patriots went 63 yards in nine plays to kick a field goal. The Colts and Patriots were called for pass interference late in the drive. The offensive pass interference wiped out a touchdown by tight end Scott Chandler.
Julian Edelman made the play of the day, picking up a first down on a jet sweep when a Colts defender was bowing down on him.
It appears T.Y. Hilton’s TD shouldn’t have counted. The ball hits the ground on this replay. That’s a big missed play by the officials.
Second quarter, 2:38, Colts 21-17: We have a seesaw game on our hands here.
The Colts went 80 yards on 12 plays in six minutes and 55 seconds. Luck made a fantastic play on third-and-goal to put the Colts in the end zone. He evaded pressure from defensive tackle Dominique Easley and fired a touchdown to Hilton.
Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty was called for a questionable and costly defensive pass interference penalty to put the Colts in the red zone.
Second quarter, 9:33, Patriots 17-14: Well, it didn’t take long for the Patriots to regain the lead. They went 65 yards in just four plays and were aided by a facemask penalty by Mike Adams.
Blount finished the series with a 38-yard touchdown run as he breezed through the Colts’ defense.
Second quarter, 11:30, Colts 14-10: The Patriots’ defense is stepping up, but their offense just allowed a touchdown.
Brady’s pass clanged off the hands of Edelman and right to safety Mike Adams. Adams brought it 14 yards for a pick-six.
That was Brady’s first interception of the season, and it wasn’t his fault.
The Colts attempted an onside kick, and the Patriots recovered. The Colts challenged the ruling on the field and lost. Patriots ball.
Second quarter, 11:40, Patriots 10-7: The Patriots’ defense is looking much better after allowing a long opening drive touchdown. The Patriots have the ball on their own 10-yard line after a fair catch by Amendola.
The Patriots brought heat on third down and defensive tackle Dominique Easley nearly sacked Luck. The quarterback hit forced an incompletion.
Second quarter, 13:48, Patriots 10-7: The Patriots have the lead after a 10-play, 69-yard drive that culminated in a 40-yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski.
Brady is keying in on Edelman, who has five catches for 48 yards and a touchdown, early. He also hit wideout Keshawn Martin on a 39-yard deep ball on that drive.
First quarter, 0:37, 7-7: Marcus Cannon is questionable to return to the game with a toe injury. Cameron Fleming, just brought off the practice squad, is in the game at right tackle. Sebastian Vollmer is playing left tackle.
First quarter, 1:41, 7-7: The Patriots forced a punt after the Colts jumped on a false start. The Patriots have the ball on their own 9-yard line after an illegal block in the back on Julian Edelman’s return.
Edelman’s finger looked messed up on the sideline after the last offensive drive. Apparently that’s not an issue, since he returned the punt.
First quarter, 2:50, 7-7: It’s impossible to cover Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman.
The Patriots split out Gronkowski, which left a linebacker on Edelman in the red zone. Brady hit his favorite target for a touchdown after a long 10-play, 80-yard drive.
Brady was 6 of 8 for 69 yards with the score. The Patriots carried the ball just twice for six yards. They also forced an offsides penalty.
First quarter, 7:16, Colts 7-0: The Colts had no problem moving the ball down the field on their first offensive drive.
The series culminated with a touchdown pass from Andrew Luck to receiver Donte Moncrief on fourth-and-1. Moncrief caught the score over Patriots No. 1 cornerback Malcolm Butler.
Luck finished the drive 8 of 9 for 62 yards and the score. The Colts carried the ball four times for 32 yards. Frank Gore had a long cary of 23 yards.
The Patriots started linebacker Jonathan Freeny over Jerod Mayo. They had three safeties on the field with two cornerbacks in nickel. Their secondary was Devin McCourty, Patrick Chung, Duron Harmon, Butler and Logan Ryan.
First quarter, 15:00: The Patriots won the coin toss and chose to defer. The Colts will receive to open the game.
8:16 p.m.: There’s 13 minutes and 58 seconds until game time, but who’s counting?
8:08 p.m.: It appears Brandon LaFell thinks he’s playing next week. He’s traveled to the last two Patriots away games.
7:52 p.m.: Per pregame warmups, Marcus Cannon will start at left tackle for the Patriots. Shaq Mason was at left guard, David Andrews was at center, Josh Kline was at right guard and Sebastian Vollmer was at right tackle.
The Patriots could still rotate Cannon and Vollmer, and Cameron Fleming could see playing time as part of a rotation, as well.
7:08 p.m.: The Patriots’ inactives are in:
Hightower, Flowers, Wendell, defensive end Geneo Grissom, wide receiver Aaron Dobson, defensive tackle Khyri Thornton and defensive end Rufus Johnson have been deactivated against the Colts.
That means Lewis is active and likely to start.
Safety Tavon Wilson is active for the second time this season. Grissom is inactive for the first time. Linebacker Jonathan Bostic and cornerback Rashaan Melvin will make their Patriots debuts.
Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is active for the first time in three weeks.
Cornerback Shaun Prater, running back Josh Robinson, linebacker Nate Irving, guard Lance Louis, offensive tackle Denzelle Good, outside linebacker Bjoern Werner and defensive tackle Zach Kerr are inactive for the Colts.
6:20 p.m.: Patriots running back Dion Lewis went through a pregame warmup with the training staff before the game, indicating he’s a game-time decision. The workout was quick, then he walked off the field with running backs coach Ivan Fears. Lewis reportedly is good to go, but we’ll find out soon if the training staff agrees.
6:14 p.m.: Ryan Wendell went through pregame sprints with wide receiver Brandon LaFell, who’s on the PUP list. After such an intense pregame warmup, it looks doubtful Wendell will play tonight. He missed most of training camp because of an injury then missed practices and games early in the season with an illness. He’s off the injury report now, but it appears he’s not yet ready.
6:10 p.m. ET: We’re just over two hours away from the highly anticipated Deflategate revenge game.
The New England Patriots are on the field warming up. Backup Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is putting wide receiver Julian Edelman through his one-handed catch pregame warmups.
Linebacker Dont’a Hightower and defensive end Trey Flowers already have been ruled out for the Patriots. They must declare five more inactives by 7 p.m. ET.
If you’re looking for some pregame reading, check out how Colts quarterback Andrew Luck historically has struggled against the Patriots. Also check out how the Colts limited Rob Gronkowski in the AFC Championship Game but left Edelman open to go off.
If it seems like Edelman and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady have strengthened their connection this year, a trip together to Montana might have helped.
Also watch this week’s NESN Football Update:
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