Patriots run away with 43-22 win to advance to AFC Championship

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The Patriots had six rushiing touchdowns en route to a 43-22 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. LeGarrette Blount had four of the six TDs and 166 yards (a Patriots franchise record in the playoffs), including a 73-yard TD to seal the deal in the 4th quarter. Stevan Ridley had the other two touchdowns.

The Patriots finished with 46 rushing attempts for the game.

Andrew Luck threw four picks in the loss, including two to cornerback Alfonzo Dennard, despite showing some flashes of greatness and keeping his team the game into the 4th quarter, when Blount and Ridley scored a touchdown apiece to take it from a 29-22 game to a 43-22 game. Luck finished 20-41 with 331 passing yards, two TDs and four interceptions for the game.

The Patriots will face the winner of the Chargers and Broncos next Sunday in their eighth AFC Championship game in the Brady/Belichick era and third straight.