In addition to a record setting performance by Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount, there were significant milestones reached in Saturday’s AFC divisional playoff win over the Indianapolis Colts.
Blount had four rushing touchdowns, a franchise record, and 166 yards on the ground, tying the team’s playoff record with Curtis Martin. His 24 total points were the most in NFL history in an AFC divisional playoff round game.
But as a team, adding in Stevan Ridley’s two rushing TDs, the six rushing touchdowns were also a franchise record in any game, postseason or otherwise.
The Patriots also tied their franchise record for most interceptions in a postseason game with four. The last time they procured four interceptions in the playoffs was Jan. 18, 2004, also against the Colts.
The win gave Bill Belichick his 19th postseason win, tying him with Don Shula for the second most playoff victories by a head coach. Belichick is behind Tom Landry, who has 20. He can surpass him with a win in the AFC Championship and Super Bowl.
And with 198 yards passing Saturday, Tom Brady now has 6,147 yards passing in 25 playoff games. That’s more than anyone else in the history of the game. Retired quarterback Brett Favre is now a distant second with 5,855. And those 25 starts are now the most in NFL history as well, passing Favre. His 18 playoff victories as a starting quarterback are still the most in NFL history. He’s ahead of Joe Montana (16) in that category.
Blount can make an even bigger dent on the record books in the AFC Championship. He needs just one rushing touchdown to tie Curtis Martin for the franchise record for most postseason rushing TDs with five.
Saturday’s win also marked the warmest playoff game in franchise history at home, with the starting temperature at 57 degrees.