Patriots stop Luck, Indianapolis in 59-24 rout
Star rookie Andrew Luck is now the Indianapolis quarterback, and he showed some of the special stuff he possesses, but New England pulled away and beat the Colts 59-24 in a wild one.
The Patriots tied the franchise record for points in a game.
Patriots jack-of-all-trades Julian Edelman returned a punt 68 yards for a touchdown, returned another punt 49 yards, caught a touchdown pass (and made four other receptions) and ran an end-around for 47 yards. He finished with 222 all-purpose yards, but he wasn't the only star.
New England tight end Rob Gronkowski caught two touchdown passes, and Tom Brady threw for three scores. The Patriots (7-3) also returned two interceptions for scores while winning their third straight.
The Colts (6-4) saw their four-game winning streak end.
Edelman scored on a punt return and newly acquired New England cornerback Aqib Talib returned an interception 59 yards for a touchdown 61 seconds apart in the second quarter, taking the Patriots from a 14-7 deficit to a 21-14 lead. New England never trailed again.
Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard returned an interception 87 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter.
Brady finished 24-for-35 for 331 yards, the 51st 300-yard game of his career, tying him with Dan Fouts for sixth place on the all-time NFL list.
Luck was 27-for-50 for 334 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions.
his NFL rookie-record fifth game with 300-plus passing yards. He was also strip-sacked by Rob Ninkovich, who recovered the fumble.
T.Y. Hilton made two touchdown grabs for Indianapolis.
Gronkowski (seven catches, 137 yards, his ninth 100-yard game) delivered his ninth and 10th touchdown catches of the season, becoming the first tight end in NFL history with three consecutive 10-TD seasons. He is one of three Patriots with three straight 10-TD seasons.
Edelman became the first Patriot since 1985 to have a punt return and a catch for scores in the same game. New England returned two interceptions for touchdowns for the first time since 2002.
Patriots receiver Wes Welker, a question mark coming in, caught seven passes, his 104th straight game with at least one catch.
On the first possession of the game, Luck took his team 73 yards for a touchdown. Delone Carter ran it in from the 1. That started the wild day/night of scoring.