Patriots quarterback Tom Brady threw for three scores, while Aqib Talib and Alfonzo Dennard returned picks of Colts QB Andrew Luck for touchdowns in New England's 59-24 pasting of Indianapolis in NFL action over the weekend.
Brady completed 24 of 35 passes for 331 yards in leading the Patriots (7-3) to victory and keeping them on top of the AFC East.
The star QB threw a 4-yard TD pass to tight end Rob Gronkowski in the 1st quarter and found wideout Julian Edelman open for a 2-yard scoring pass in the 3rd quarter. He also completed a 24-yard pass to Gronkowski for a TD.
Gronkowski ended the game with seven catches for 137 yards and was the Patriots' most potent weapon on offense.
The big tight end, however, broke his left arm with less than four minutes remaining in the game and underwent surgery on Monday, ESPN reported.
Talib, a former first-round pick who was recently acquired by New England from Tampa Bay, returned a Luck pass 59 yards for a score, weaving his way through the Colts' offensive unit, while Dennard took another pass thrown by the rookie Indianapolis QB 87 yards to the house.
Edelman scored on a 68-yard punt return for the Patriots, who won their fourth straight game.
The Colts (6-4), whose four-game winning streak came to an end, were led by Luck, who completed 27 of 50 passes for 334 yards, with two touchdowns and three interceptions.
The rookie top overall pick in this year's draft lost his duel with Brady, who finished the game with a passer rating of 127.3. EFE