Vinatieri missed a 58-yard field goal attempt at the end of the first half, which would have been a career long.
Jones’s day cut short
Rookie defensive end Chandler Jones injured his right ankle midway through the first quarter and had to depart the field to have his ankle re-taped. He did not return . . . Brady (331) threw for at least 300 yards for the 51st time in his career, which matches Dan Fouts for sixth in league history . . . Wes Welker’s 22-yard catch at the end of the first quarter extended his streak to 104 games with a reception . . . When Stephen Gostkowski missed a 36-yard field goal attempt wide right in the second quarter, it snapped his streak of 11 successful field goal attempts. Gostkowski did, however, equal a club game record, converting eight extra points . . . Vick Ballard’s 20-yard run off left tackle for a first down in the first quarter was the third run of 20 yards or more that the Patriots’ defense had allowed this season . . . Aqib Talib’s 59-yard interception return for a touchdown was the Patriots’ first since Sterling Moore’s 21-yarder vs. the Bills on Jan. 1, 2012 . . . The Colts’ first five possessions of the game resulted in scores — three for them, and two for the Patriots. Indianapolis went touchdown-touchdown-punt return for a Patriots touchdown- interception return for a Patriots touchdown-field goal . . . Zoltan Mesko punted just twice, but averaged 57 yards . . . Offensive guard Mitch Petrus, signed last week, made his Patriots debut late in the game, when Ryan Mallett also got to play a series. It meant that all 53 players who were active for the game saw the field . . . Perhaps it doesn’t mean anything, but the locker for receiver Deion Branch — who was released on Saturday — was still intact, with his nameplate at the top . . . An hour after the game, with the stadium empty but the lights still on, Patriots coach Bill Belichick was near midfield, playing lacrosse with Paul Rabill of the Boston Cannons.