LeGarrette Blount loves the Indianapolis Colts run defense. A year after Blount torched them for 166 total yards and four touchdowns in the AFC Divisional round, he found himself doing the same thing in the AFC Championship Game. The former Oregon Duck ran for 148 yards and three touchdowns en route to securing the Patriots' first Super Bowl appearance since 2011-2012.
Eerily similar numbers, eerily similar result for the Patriots. Blount's efforts were once again a huge reason for New England's success, and a huge reason why they are headed back to the Super Bowl.
It was a defining moment for a guy who was wasting away with the Pittsburgh Steelers. It was the game of his life.
"I haven't had a feeling like this since I've been in the league. It's unreal," said Blount, now in his fifth season. "Now we have one more to get."
The Patriots haven't had a bruising rusher this good since Corey Dillon, and we know what happened with Dillon back there. (Side note: not taking anything away from Benjarvis Green-Ellis, he was great, but Dillon and Blount are better).
You can expect Blount to be ready for the Seattle Seahawks, too, as he should be able to run on them, but not with the same kind of force he ran on the Colts with. Seattle's defense is better by leaps and bounds.
Blount's efforts on every single play epitomize what this Patriots team is all about: toughness, grit and a ton of heart. There have been players at different times who have shown so much of that, but other than Tom Brady, no one showed it more than Blount did yesterday.
Bill Belichick was a fool to let Blount go the first time, and as well as Stevan Ridley was playing up until he got hurt in Week 6 against the Buffalo Bills, there was an element to the Patriots rushing attack that you could tell was missing.
It was Blount.
Just like when he got Darrelle Revis in the off-season, Belichick wasted no time fixing his mistake, signing Blount as soon as the Steelers cut him. He was welcomed back with open arms.
If he helps the Patriots win the Super Bowl next Sunday, he will be among the Boston athletes who never have to buy a meal in that town ever again.