*This post is part of a weekly feature that will include a short recap, highlights and stats of the last time the New England Patriots played their upcoming opponent.
LAST TIME OUT
The New England Patriots and the Indianapolis Colts have quite the interesting history in the last few years.
Aside from Deflategate nearly four years ago, Patriots’ offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was set to be the Colts’ head coach this current season before he withdrew his acceptance after speaking more in depth with the Patriots’ organization.
The last time New England and Indianapolis met happens to be nearly three years ago, on Oct. 18, 2015, when the Patriots’ went into Lucas Oil Stadium for a Sunday Night Football match and left with a 34-27 victory.
This game came the season after Deflategate all started, in what was thought of as Tom Brady and the Patriots’ “revenge” game.
The victory led New England to its seventh straight win over the Colts and put them at 5-0 for the 2015-2016 season – the team’s best start since 2007.
Fans may also remember Indy’s botched fake punt in the second half which helped set up a Patriots touchdown as they were placed at the Colts' 35. Most of Indianapolis’ players were lined up near the right side as Griff Whalen snapped the ball to Colt Anderson who was tackled for a 1-yard loss.
LeGarrette Blount led the way for New England’s rushing with 16 carries, 93 yards and one score. Blount also racked up one catch for 11 yards and a receiving touchdown as well. Frank Gore carried the ball 13 times for Indianapolis and picked up 78 total yards.
Danny Amendola caught seven passes for the Patriots for 105 yards, while Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman each had 50 receiving yards and one touchdown apiece.
For the Colts’ receiving corps, it was T.Y. Hilton who led the way with six receptions, 74 yards and one score. Donte Moncrief and Griff Whalen totaled 69 receiving yards and 35 receiving yards, respectively, and one score apiece.
New England’s defense was led by Devin McCourty and Logan Ryan who each picked up nine total tackles on the night. Chandler Jones came up big in this game with 2.5 sacks, while Dominique Easley was credited for half a sack.
D’Qwell Jackson led Indy’s defense with 13 total tackles, while Dwight Lowery and Jonathan Newsome each recorded a sack.
The New England Patriots and the Indianapolis Colts will meet tonight for a Thursday Night Football matchup at Gillette Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8:20pm.