Andrew Luck and the Colts never stood a chance and never even tied the game as Tom Brady advanced to his 6th Superbowl.
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The New England Patriots defeated the Indianapolis Colts 45-7 in the AFC Championship Game to advance to Superbowl XLIX.
Behind an incredible performance by RB LeGarrette Blount, the Patriots opened up the game with a TD after Colts PR Josh Cribbs muffed the punt return, setting the Patriots up deep in their own territory early in the first quarter. A Tom Brady pass to James Develin at the back end of the quarter gave the Patriots a 14-0 lead. The Colts struck back in the second quarter with their only TD of the day on a run by RB Zurlon Tipton to cut the score to 14-7 – but that would be as close as the Colts got for the entire game. A FG from Patriots PK Stephen Gostkowski ended the half with a 17-7 Patriots lead.
In the second half the rout began with a 16-yard TD pass from Tom Brady to offensive tackle Nate Solder gave the the Patriots a 24-7 lead, and then a TD pass late in the quarter gave increased the lead to twenty-four. Colts QB Andrew Luck – who finished the game with a passer rating of 23.0 – was intercepted by Patriots CB Darrelle Revis, and on the ensuing play LeGarrette Blount scored a 13-yard TD. In the fourth quarter Blount put the game away on a two-yard run to make the final score 45-7.
With the win, the Patriots advanced to Superbowl XLIX – their 8th Superbowl appearance in franchise history and 6th with Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichik at the helm. The Patriots will play the defending Superbowl Champion Seattle Seahawks for a chance to record their fourth Superbowl title in franchise history.