Patriots’ LeGarrette Blount runs all over a Colts again

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — LeGarrette Blount struggled to get out of his rain-soaked jersey and shoulder pads, though he slipped now into an AFC championship t-shirt. Then he shook his hair to get out a H2O and donned a championship cap.

“It’s feels awesome,” a 250-pound using behind pronounced after he rushed for 148 yards and 3 touchdowns Sunday night as a New England Patriots – doing what they had finished before opposite a Indianapolis Colts – battered a using diversion in a 45-7 frisk in a AFC pretension game.

The Patriots allege to Super Bowl XLIX opposite a fortifying champion Seattle Seahawks. It will be New England’s eighth Super Bowl – though a initial for Blount.

“I haven’t had a feeling like this given I’ve been in a league. It’s unreal,” pronounced Blount, a fifth-year pro from Oregon.

“But we have one some-more to get.”

His conditions was distant opposite in Nov when he was by a Pittsburgh Steelers after a diversion in that he left a margin early after removing no carries. He also had a preseason pot detain in Pittsburgh.

He was fast quiescent by New England after personification for a Patriots final deteriorate before signing with Pittsburgh as a giveaway agent.

“I’m beholden to get in this conditions period, no matter where I’ve been,” pronounced Blount.

“I adore being here. we adore my team. we adore my guys, a coaches, Mr. Kraft (owner Robert Kraft), everybody. They welcomed me with open arms and it’s been an extraordinary run.”

Blount had only 3 carries for one yards in a playoff win a week progressing opposite a Baltimore Ravens in that a Patriots close down a using diversion while personification catchup in a second half. In 5 unchanging deteriorate games this deteriorate with New England, Blount ran for 282 yards and 3 touchdowns.

But in a local playoffs final season, he ran for 166 yards and 4 touchdowns in a 43-22 win over Indianapolis.

Sunday night in a rain, he had 30 carries, a Patriots playoff record.

When did he find out he’d be carrying a load?

“Ah, when they started giving me a round lot,” pronounced Blount.

Shane Vereen started during using behind for New England opposite a Colts. He had one lift for dual yards with no complaints.

“The o-line did a good job. When somebody is using like LG was using and a o-line is opening adult holes, how can we not (feed him)?” pronounced Vereen.

Blount got additional assistance adult front. Backup descent tackle Cameron Fleming reported frequently as an authorised receiver and lined adult as a second parsimonious end, giving a Patriots 7 large blockers opposite a front.

“It’s good to have him on a team,” pronounced tackle Sebastian Vollmer. “He’s a large guy. He’s tough to tackle. He only runs hard. He’s an overwhelming man to have around.”

On several plays, Blount started to one side and afterwards cut behind to a other for large gains.

“He can move. Don’t let a distance dope you,” pronounced Vollmer.

Colts defensive finish Cory Redding pronounced during a week that a Colts invulnerability had gotten improved given a Nov diversion this deteriorate when another Patriots’ back, Jonas Gray, ran for 201 yards and 4 touchdowns opposite a Colts.

“Fundamentals,” Redding pronounced Sunday night. “You have to tackle and we have to hang up, regardless of a atmosphere on a situations, we have to play good ball.”

Said Blount: “We designed to run a football. Whatever is working, we are going to do it.”

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