After Week 4 this season, the idea was introduced that the
The Patriots had been thumped by the
Now, Brady will become the first quarterback to start in six Super Bowls.
New England cruised past the
LeGarrette Blount rushed for 148 yards and three touchdowns, and Brady passed for three touchdowns to help put the Patriots in
The Patriots have not won a Super Bowl since defeating the Philadelphia Eagles in 2005. Now, the question is whether Brady, whose 20 playoff victories are the most in
"It's hard to compare year to year," Brady said. "This team is going to have to win a very big game to leave our legacy."
What about the talk that he was headed downhill rapidly after the team's 2-2 start?
"I talked about that before," Brady said. "There is a lot of motivation for a lot of different reasons. It's important not to ride the roller coaster."
Brady, 37, won the first 10 playoff starts of his career. and this could be his last shot at winning another Super Bowl.
Against the Colts, the Patriots went with a heavy dose of extra linemen to run the ball, similar to the formula they used in a 42-20 victory at Indianapolis in Week 11.
Blount had 30 carries, a playoff record for the Patriots.
"He made some great cuts in not good conditions," Belichick said. "There were several times he took nothing and turned it into something."
While Brady, who completed 23 of 35 passes for 226 yards, was on his game, Colts quarterback
It was a troublesome week for the Colts. Linebacker Josh McNary was arrested and charged with rape. Running back
None of those distractions had anything to do with a game that was such a blowout. The Colts couldn't stop Blount and were unable to pressure Brady.