Former Oregon running back LeGarrette Blount scores 4 TD for New England Patriots

Former Oregon running back LeGarrette Blount scores 4 TD for New England Patriots
January 11, 2014, 8:30 pm
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New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount (29) runs for a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts in the second half during the 2013 AFC divisional playoff football game at Gillette Stadium.

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Former Oregon running back LeGarrette Blount set a New England playoff rushing yardage record and scored four touchdowns during the Patriots' 43-22 win over Indianapolis in the Division Playoffs Saturday night in Foxborough, Mass.

Blount carried the ball 24 times for 166 yards on a night when super star quarterback Tom Brady did not throw a touchdown pass.

The Patriots relieved heavily on the run in this game as Stevan Ridley contributed 52 rushing yards and two touchdowns of his own.

But it was Blount who carried the night. He scored on two, two-yard rushing touchdowns in the first quarter and then added another two-yard score in the second quarter that gave the Patriots a 21-7 lead.

But the Colts, led by former Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, battled back and trailed just 29-22 heading into the fourth quarter.

That's when Blount struck again, this time racing 73 yards for a touchdown to put the Patriots up 36-22.

Blount, who spent his first three seasons with Tampa Bay, rushed for 772 yards and seven touchdowns during the regular season.

New England advanced to the AFC Championship Game where it will face the winner of Sunday's playoff game between San Diego and Denver.