Nov 16, 2014 10:55 PM
Patriots extend lead to 28-13 at Indianapolis
The Associated Press
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Jonas Gray had three short touchdown runs, and the New England Patriots led the Indianapolis Colts 28-13 at the end of the third quarter on Sunday night.
Tom Brady also had a 2-yard touchdown pass to Tim Wright on New England's opening drive of the second half.
Adam Vinatieri kicked two field goals for Indianapolis, including a 53-yarder that made it 21-13 early in the third. He also had a 31-yarder with 4:19 remaining in the first quarter that put him in the 2,100-point club for his career.
But much of the first part of the game belonged to Gray.
Julian Edelman's 25-yard run set up Gray's 4-yard run for his first career touchdown in the first. He added 2-yard TD runs in the second and third quarters.
While Gray ran 24 times for a career-best 143 yards, Brady was just 16 of 26 for 195 yards with two interceptions including an uncharacteristic floater that Mike Adams picked off to keep the game close. Adams' second interception came with 1:16 left in the first half, and he returned it to the New England 23.
Andrew Luck then threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Hakeem Nicks, who made an over-the-shoulder catch and got both feet down inbounds to make it 14-10.
Luck was 20 of 28 for 272 yards and was on pace to extend his franchise record for consecutive 300-yard games to eight.
But he wasn't perfect, either. The Colts blew a scoring chance when Darrelle Revis deflected a ball to Devin McCourty, who picked it off at the Patriots 21.
Brady wasted no time taking advantage of the miscue, taking the Patriots 68 yards in 11 plays. Gray finished it with his first 2-yard TD.
Indy went three-and-out on its opening drive and had a penalty to start the second possession before Luck threw passes of 11, 13 and 46 yards to Reggie Wayne leading up to Vinatieri's first field goal.
Luck is looking for his first win against New England after dropping his first two games against the Patriots, including a 21-point loss in the playoffs last year.
Brady's first career start came against Indy back in 2001. He was 11-4 against the Colts heading into the game.
Indianapolis has won six of its last seven and entered the weekend with the NFL's top offense, but the Patriots have won five straight, averaging more than 40 points in those wins.
Another win would give New England its 14th consecutive non-losing season.
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