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Pats Rout Colts, 43-22

Saturday January 11, 2014 at 8:15
2013 AFC Divisional Round Playoff Game at Gillette
New England Patriots 43, Indianapolis Colts 22
Head Coaches: Bill Belichick, Chuck Pagano
Quarterbacks: Tom Brady, Andrew Luck
Odds: New England favored by 7

Patriots improve to 13-4, advance to AFCCG at Denver
Colts finish to 12-6

Key Stat I:
Interceptions: Luck 4, Brady 0

Key Stat II:
Patriots Rushing: 46 attempts, 234 yards, six touchdowns
Colts Rushing: 21 attempts, 69 yards, zero touchdowns

Key Stat III:
Time of Possession: Patriots 35:00, Colts 25:00

Doesn't-matter-even-if-they-know-the-play-call Stat:
LeGarrette Blount took 27 snaps on offense.
Of those 27 snaps he ran the ball 24 times (89%).
Despite this tipping of their hand, Blount ran for 166 yards (6.9 yards per carry), and four touchdowns.

Colts run out of playoffs by Patriots, 43-22 | IndyStar

On the third play from scrimmage, Colts quarterback Andrew Luck threw left, toward wide receiver LaVon Brazill. Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard stepped in front of Brazill, intercepted the pass and returned it 27 yards to the Indianapolis 2-yard line to set up a touchdown.​
Luck's second interception came on a deflected pass that was a bit behind fullback Stanley Havili but should have been caught. The football bounced off Havili's shoulder pad to linebacker Dont'a Hightower whose interception spiked a promising Colts' drive at the New England 36.​
No. 3 came on a deep pass intended for tight end Coby Fleener. Linebacker Jamie Collins intercepted and returned to the Indianapolis 18 to set up another touchdown. Luck added a fourth late in the final quarter.​

Run-heavy Patriots end the Colts season with a 43-22 win | Fox59 Indianapolis

This new era of Colts kept up one of their recent traditions: starting off slow then rally. But as even the team admitted at times this season, it finally caught up to them at Gillette Stadium on Saturday night. The Colts fell behind 14-0 quickly in the first quarter and cut the lead down to seven on a few occasions, but were never able to tie or get the lead in a 43-22 loss to New England.​
Chuck Pagano’s second season ends with a 12-6 overall record, advancing farther than any Colts team has since 2009. Indianapolis is now 0-3 all-time in playoff games played in Foxborough.​

Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount broke a few franchise records | CBS Sports

LeGarrette Blount rushed for four touchdowns and Stevan Ridley added two more as New England ran by the Colts. The six rushing touchdowns were the most in franchise history and the second most in NFL playoff history, trailing only the seven touchdowns the Chicago Bears ran for in the 1940 NFL Championship Game.​
The Patriots' 234 rush yards were the second most in the team's postseason history, trailing only the 255 yards the 1985 team ran for in the AFC Championship Game against the Dolphins.​
A large chunk of that 234 rushing yards came on Blount's 73-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, which was the second-longest scoring run in Patriots playoff history. Blount had more yards on that one run than the Colts had in the entire game (69).​
Blount tied Curtis Martin's franchise record for most yards rushing in a playoff game (166) and set the team record for most rushing touchdowns in any Patriots game, ever.​

LeGarrette Blount runs for 4 TDs as Patriots clobber Colts | ESPN (AP report)

The Colts got a break late in the first half when Danny Aiken's snap sailed over punter Ryan Allen's head, ending up in a safety. The Patriots also got a break that the Colts didn't get a touchdown out of it after Allen failed to concede the safety.​
Allen fumbled into the air, and Indianapolis' Jeris Pendleton slapped the ball out of the end zone.​
"Ryan probably wasn't sure how close they were to him," Belichick said.​
Allen hurt his shoulder on the play, and place-kicker Stephen Gostkowski punted the rest of the game. Brady took over Allen's holding duties.​

Rapid Reaction: New England Patriots 43, Indianapolis Colts 22 | ESPN (Mike Reiss)

Running game sparks attack again: For the third consecutive game, the Patriots' ground attack was the difference-maker, led by hard-charging LeGarrette Blount (franchise-record four rushing touchdowns). The Patriots split snaps at running back evenly among Blount, Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen, and sliced up the Colts with strong work up front by the offensive line -- left tackle Nate Solder, left guard Logan Mankins, center Ryan Wendell, right guard Dan Connolly and right tackle Marcus Cannon -- as well as tight ends Michael Hoomanawanui and Matthew Mulligan and fullback James Develin. When the Patriots run it like this, it brings back memories of the 2004 Super Bowl championship team for which bruiser Corey Dillon was the lead back.​
Stock watch: Jamie Collins -- up. The Patriots' top pick in the 2013 draft (52nd overall) was thrust into an expanded role, in part because linebacker Brandon Spikes was placed on season-ending injured reserve earlier in the week. Collins had played just 25 percent of the defensive snaps during the regular season, but he didn't come off the field and made his presence felt as a tackler, pass-rusher and in coverage with an interception. He was all over the field in what was a coming out party for the ultra-athletic defender from Southern Mississippi.​

What's next: The Patriots will play in the AFC Championship Game against the winner of Sunday's game between the visiting San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos (4:40 p.m. ET). If Denver beats San Diego, the AFC Championship Game will be played in Denver. If San Diego beats Denver, the AFC Championship Game will be played in New England.​



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The school teacher in the secondary and a tuba player

Happy 72nd birthday to John 'Deac' Sanders
Born January 11, 1950 in Chicago
Patriot CB/FS, 1974-76; uniform #25
Signed as an undrafted rookie free agent on April 3, 1974

Although he was born in Chicago, John Sanders grew up in anything but a big city - 800 miles west of Chi-town in the largest city in the county: population 2,000. He attended Sunshine Bible Academy in the middle of the sticks for high school and stayed in state, going to the University of South Dakota. After graduation he had already started a job as a history teacher in Kansas City, not thinking that an NFL team would be interested in him. Two months after the 1974 draft the Patriots surprised him with a call and signed him to a contract.

Sanders played in 30 games with 24 starts for the Pats. During that time he had five fumble recoveries and six interceptions, including a pick-six off Earl Morrall his rookie season to give the Patriots a 14-0 lead at Miami.

In '74 he started at cornerback opposite Ron Bolton, with Jack Mildren and Prentice McCray as the safeties; his five picks were second best that season under Chuck Fairbanks. The following year Sanders replaced Mildren as the free safety, with former Charger Bob Howard added at corner; Mildren led the team with four fumble recoveries.

Sanders went on injured reserve early in '76 due to a strained Achilles tendon. He was traded to Philadelphia on September 6, 1977 for an 8th round pick in the 1978 draft. Knee injuries and surgeries ended his NFL career in 1979.

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(From the 1977 Patriots Media Guide)
Was a world history teacher at Kansas City when Patriots signed him as free agent on 4-3-74 ... backup safety at outset of 1974 season but became starting cornerback after four games ... switched to free safety and started all 14 games in '75 ... great sense of timing and nose for the ball ... led club in fumble recovering (4), blocked extra points (2) and blocked punts (1) ... third leading tackler (94) ... Achilles injury in second game of 1976 season forced him to the sidelines for the balance of the campaign.​
In his post-NFL career John Sanders opened a financial services company that he still runs today with his family, in Jackson, Mississippi.

Where Are They Now? - John Sanders

Eagles memory: Sanders remembers the years with that bunch that carried the banner for Vermeil ("I was kind of privileged to be a part of the teams that basically turned the franchise around.") A highlight? How about accompanying Herm Edwards to the end zone with the winning score in the Miracle of the Meadowlands? "Every time they play that [highlight], I get a chance to get a little film [time] there. I appreciate Herm for that."​


Happy 34th birthday to Jordan Devey
Born January 11, 1988 in American Fork, Utah
Patriot OL, 2013-14; uniform #65
Signed as a free agent to the practice squad on September 3, 2013

Jordan Devey was originally signed as an undrafted rookie out of Memphis by the Ravens in 2013. The Pats added him to their practice squad after Baltimore released him at the end of training camp. Devey spent all of 2013 on the practice squad, then played in seven games with four starts for the Pats in 2014, filling in when injuries sidelined Dan Connolly and Ryan Wendell.

The Patriots traded Devey to San Francisco on August 19, 2015 for TE Asante Cleveland. From 2016-2018 he was with the Chiefs, then played for Oakland in 2019. After being cut by the Raiders at the end of training camp he signed with Buffalo, appearing in one game while being active for three, spending the rest of the 2020 season on the Bills practice squad. His final NFL stop was in training camp this past preseason with the Bills.

Devey played in 44 NFL games with 12 starts, plus one playoff game for the Chiefs - managing to last in the league until the age of 33. He received a ring with the Pats for Super Bowl 49 versus Seattle. All this from a player who began his adult life by turning down scholarship offers - music scholarships for playing the tuba, that is - for a two year mission with the Latter Day Saints in Costa Rica.


Happy 53rd birthday to Darren Anderson
Born January 11, 1969 in Cincinnati
Patriot CB, 1992; uniform #25
Pats 4th round (93rd overall) selection of the 1992 draft, from Toledo

Darren Anderson was waived by the Pats after his rookie training camp, and immediately re-signed to the practice squad. He played in one game for the Patriots, returned to the practice squad, and was then released on October 28, 1992.

After that Anderson played as a special teams player and backup for the Bucs, Chiefs and Falcons. Over seven NFL seasons he played in 74 games with six starts, two interceptions and one touchdown. Anderson later worked as a regional scout for the Detroit Lions

According to his LinkedIn page, Anderson is a Vice President/Market Sales Manager at Huntington National Bank in Cincinnati, since 2006.

Happy 48th birthday to Dana Cottrell
Born January 11, 1974 in Boston
Patriot LB, 1998; uniform #45
Signed as a free agent on February 2, 1998

Dana Cottrell is a New England native, who went to Billerica High School. He was undrafted from Syracuse University, spending the 1997 offseason with Cincinnati and Jacksonville. Cottrell played in the final three games of the '98 season for the Patriots, including the playoff loss to the Jaguars.

In his post-NFL career Cottrell has worked in the financial industry.

Dana Cottrell | MetLife

Dana Cottrell is head of investment grade trading for MetLife Investment Management (MIM) Public Fixed Income.​
Cottrell joined MIM in September 2017, in connection with the acquisition of Logan Circle Partners (LCP) by MetLife. Prior to joining in LCP in 2007, he served on the investment grade bond team at Delaware Investments, where he was responsible for executing trading strategies. He was also a professional football player for the New England Patriots.​

Two other pro football players with New England area connections:

Ryan Griffin, 32 (1990)
Born in Londonderry NH; Londonderry High School; University of Connecticut
The tight end was a 6th round pick by Houston in 2013. After six seasons with the Texans, Griffin has played for the Jets since 2019. The 6'6, 255 pounder has 206 receptions and 14 touchdowns in his nine-season NFL career.

Jack Triggs (1903-1951)
Lifelong resident of Brockton; Brockton High School; Providence College
Fullback for the Providence Steam Roller back in the twenties.

Other pro football players born on January 11 include:

Paddy Driscoll (1895-1968)
Hall of Fame halfback and kicker for the Chicago Cardinals and Chicago Bears was a six-time All Pro. Paddy was the NFL all-time career leader in extra points until 1931, in total points scored up till 1942, and in field goals for 28 years, all the way to 1951.

Richmond Webb, 55 (1967)
The Miami Dolphin left tackle was named to the Pro Bowl in each of his first seven seasons, and played in 184 games from 1990 to 2002.

Freddie Solomon (1953-2012)
Wide receiver scored 52 touchdowns from 1975-85, winning two Super Bowls with the 49ers.

Ray Pelfrey (1928-2017)
Became famous for his innovative punting and kicking camps, and his patented kicking shoes.