Brady outplays Luck, Patriots rout Colts 59-24
Posted: 11/18/2012 at 7:45 pm
By: Associated Press
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Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians reacts with quarterback Andrew Luck (12) in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. The Patriots won 59-24. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
The first matchup between the three-time Super Bowl winner and the star rookie was no match.
Brady got plenty of help — touchdowns on a 68-yard punt return by Julian Edelman and on interception returns of 59 yards by newcomer Aqib Talib and 87 yards by Alfonzo Dennard. And Rob Ninkovich’s fifth forced fumble of the season set up Rob Gronkowski’s second scoring grab on the next play.
The Patriots (7-3) won their fourth straight game and extended their lead in the AFC East to three games over the other three teams. The Colts (6-4) had their four-game winning streak stopped by the NFL’s best offense and one of its worst defenses.