Indianapolis, IN—Sunday night was the showcase for one of the greatest NFL teams in recent memory. Tom Brady & Co. completely trounced the Colts on the road, but the pouncing didn’t come until the fourth quarter.
Through just over three quarters of play the score read just barely in favor of New England. The Patriots didn’t win their usual way—through the air and via the arm arsenal that belongs to Tom Brady—but rather through a fierce running game brought to light by shades of gray—Jonas Gray.
Gray had a touchdown in each of the four quarters of action on Sunday, also rushing for just shy of 200 yards on 38 carries. Looking for more running room and statistical padding, Gray hopped on another touchdown opportunity in the fourth quarter on a one-yard scramble to make the lead a two touchdown differential.
Just two minutes later, Rob Gronkowski clocked in with a huge catch and run that went for 26 yards to the house. This put the Patriots up 42-20 over the unlucky (pun-intended) Colts and practically sealed the deal for New England.
After Sunday’s interesting mash-ups, here’s how the playoff matchups look in the AFC:
Wild Card Weekend
(6) Dolphins @ (3) Bengals
(5) Chiefs @ (4) Colts
*The (1) Patriots and (2) Broncos received bye-weeks for the first round.
Lowest remaining seed @ (1) Patriots
Other remaining seed @ (2) Broncos
Winner 1 v. Winner 2