published Saturday, January 11th, 2014

Blount has 4 TD runs, Pats top Colts 43-22

New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley (22) carries the ball between Indianapolis Colts linebacker Andy Studebaker (58) and safety Antoine Bethea (41) during their AFC divisional NFL playoff in Foxborough, Mass., Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014. The Patriots won 43-22 to advance to the AFC Championship game.
New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley (22) carries the ball between Indianapolis Colts linebacker Andy Studebaker (58) and safety Antoine Bethea (41) during their AFC divisional NFL playoff in Foxborough, Mass., Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014. The Patriots won 43-22 to advance to the AFC Championship game.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — LeGarrette Blount had four touchdown runs and the New England Patriots kept Andrew Luck from a second straight comeback win, beating the Indianapolis Colts 43-22 on Saturday night to advance to their third consecutive AFC championship game.

Blount scored on three 2-yard runs in the first half, then burst through the right side of the line and rambled 73 yards into the end zone, where he placed the ball gently on the ground made soggy by a game-long rain.

On the next series, Luck threw his third interception and the Patriots capitalized with Stevan Ridley's second touchdown run, a 1-yarder that finished the scoring with 11:12 left.

The Patriots (13-4) will face the winner of Sunday's game between Denver and San Diego. The Colts (12-6) never led.

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