AFC Championship Live Blog: Pats vs. Colts

The 13-4 New England Patriots welcome the 13-5 Indianapolis Colts to Gillette Stadium for the 2014 AFC Championship. The winner heads to Arizona for the Super Bowl and the loser begins a long offseason. Can the Colts overcome three straight blowouts to New England and stay competitive? Will New England establish the run again? Stay with us to see how tonight's game unfolds.

6:15 PM- Welcome to Foxboro for the AFC Championship Game between the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts. We are 25 minutes away from kickoff, so now is a good time to check out the inactives for tonight's game.

Patriots Inactives: RB James White, OL Jordan Devey, C Bryan Stork, WR Josh Boyce, WR Brian Tyms, DE Zach Moore, DT Chris Jones

Colts Inactives: WR Griff Whalen, RB Trent Richardson, CB Sheldon Price, OT Xavier Nixon, C Jonotthan Harrison, OLB Bjoern Werner, NT Zack Kerr

6:26 PM- The kickoff has been pushed back to 6:50 PM due to the NFC Championship going to overtime.

6:45 PM- The Patriots win the toss and defer. New England will kickoff and get the ball to start the second half. Andrew Luck will get the first shot to put his team on the board.

6:53 PM- The Patriots defense shows some good pressure and force the three-and-out to open the game. If they can keep that up, it'll lead to good things.

6:56 PM- Brady misses Edelman on third down and the Patriots are forced to punt. On the punt, the ball bounced off Josh Cribbs chest and New England recovers at the 26.

7:04 PM- Touchdown, Patriots! New England capitalizes on the Cribbs turnover and LeGarrette Blount punches it in for the score. It appears that the Patriots can still run on Indianapolis. Patriots 7, Colts 0

7:17 PM- Darrelle Revis provided quite a scare for the Foxboro faithful, but he was back on the field for the final three plays of the Colts drive. Adam Vinatieri had a chance to get the Colts on the board, but missed from 51 yards out. Boom Herron had two huge drops on the drive. Patriots 7, Colts 0

7:26 PM- Touchdown, Patriots! James Develin makes a one-yard bulldozing touchdown catch to cap off the Patriots drive. New England had a short field because of the Vinatieri miss, but they walked right down the field so I don't think it matters where they get possession. Good balance for the Patriots, something they are looking to maintain. Patriots 14, Colts 0

7:34 PM-That's the end of the 1st quarter and the Patriots are up 14-0. The Colts face a 3rd-and-10 to open the second quarter.

7:37 PM- The Patriots force the Colts offense back to the sidelines and the offense will have a chance to put the Colts in a DEEP hole. Patriots 14, Colts 0

7:47 PM- Tom Brady with an AWFUL throw and the Colts have new life. This is starting to become a theme with Brady. STOP FORCING it to Gronkowski, just be patient. That takes at least three points off the board and now the Colts feel like they're alive, which is not how they were just looking a minute ago.

7:59 PM- Foolish penalty on Wilfork keeps the drive alive and the Colts drive 93 yards to score. Jamie Collins was also called for illegal contact on third and nine at the Patriots 25; the play of the drive goes to T.Y. Hilton, who made a 30 yard catch on the sideline that required some serious skill to make. The Patriots offense needs to respond and not give the Colts a lot of time to mount a drive of their own going into the half. Patriots 14, Colts 7

8:08 PM- It's the two-minute warning and the Patriots are driving; Blount is a big reason why. The Colts are having problems stopping the run again so the Patriots have to stick with it. It keeps the Colts offense on the sideline and wears down the defense. Oh, did I mention it typically leads to touchdowns? Run it down their throat, and when they commit everyone, hit them over the top.

8:25 PM- Well, I don't know what a hold is in the NFL, so I have that going for me. New England drives down the field and is forced to settle for a Gostkowski field goal. Considering Tom Brady has had some turnover issues at times, I'm sure New England will take the three. At the half, the score is Patriots 17, Colts 7.


8:49 PM- New England puts together an excellent drive to start the second half. The Patriots took 5 full minutes off the clock and finished in drive with some style. Nate Solder, who has had a tough season, gets a bone throw his way and chugs in for the 16 yard touchdown catch. The Patriots are getting creative with formations and eligible receivers. LeGarrette Blount had an excellent drive and continues to show that when he see's that horseshoe helmet, he steamrolls. Patriots 24, Colts 7

8:57 PM- New England steps up on defense and forces the three-and-out. If New England can put together a scoring drive, Indy might be in trouble. The rain is coming down hard now but with the gloves these guys wear, I don't think it will effect the passing game all that much. Patriots 24, Colts 7

9:07 PM- Touchdown, Patriots! New England takes advantage of strong field goal position, again, and drive down the field for the touchdown. Rob Gronkowski picked up the TD catch on his patented split-out slant, a play that teams simply can't defend. The Colts look overwhelmed and now need four scores to tie or go ahead; that's a tough task to take on, especially in the pouring rain. Patriots 31, Colts 7

9:16 PM- Interception, Dsrrelle Revis! Great read by the All-Pro cornerback.

9:17 PM- Touchdown, Patriots! On the first play after the Revis interception, Blount rambles his way 13 yards for the score. The Colts can't stop the Patriots from running the ball, end of story. I said it was the key to the game and it has proved to be true. Patriots 38, Colts 7

9:23 PM- The Patriots defense continues to flex their muscles today and force Indy off the field after three plays. THIS is the secondary New England has deployed all year, which is a lot different than what we saw last week. Edelman had another strong punt return and the Patriots offense will take over at the Indy 45. If the Patriots score here, that could be the nail in the coffin.

9:27 PM- That's the end of three from Foxboro. The Patriots face a 3rd and four to open the fourth quarter. Brady needs to be smart and not try to get to aggressive; the last thing New England needs is a pick six and the Colts feeling they have life. Patriots 38, Colts 7

9:35 PM- Touchdown, Patriots! This is getting ugly at this point. LeGarrette Blount takes it in again from three yards out; Blount has carried the ball 30 times for 148 yards and three touchdowns. For anyone who read the preview- remember the term "utter domination"? Well, this is what I was talking about. In the Brady Belichick era, this is the biggest blowout in their nine AFC Title game appearances. Patriots 45, Colts 7

9:45 PM- Interception, Patriots! Jamie Collins stepped in front of Zurlon Tipton and forced another Andrew Luck interception, his second of the game. We may have a Jimmy Garoppolo sighting soon; there is no point in risking any injuries in this blowout.

9:50 PM- Well, that was foolish. The Patriots throw on third and nine and Brady takes a shot to the knee. Why? Seriously, it's a valid question. Be smart Bill; pull him.

10:03 PM- The clock strikes zero and the Patriots are the 2014 AFC Champions! New England dominated the Colts in all phases of the game and will look to play as well vs. the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX. Join us in two weeks from Arizona as we live blog what should be a Super Bowl for the ages.

Final Score: Patriots 45, Colts 7

New England Patriots (14-4) Indianapolis Colts (13-6)

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