The Patriots obtained Talib from Tampa Bay before last Sunday’s 37-31 win over Buffalo. But he sat that one out to complete a four-game suspension for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances.
‘‘A lot of plays motivated the defense,’’ Talib said. ‘‘About that third or fourth (Colts) series, we kind of got into it. It was kind of quiet out there early (then) we started talking.’’
Former Patriots kicker Adam Vinatieri, booed often in a stadium where he once was adored, cut the lead to 21-17 on a 47-yard field goal 5:46 before intermission.
Notes: The Patriots are 18-0 in the second half of the season starting in 2010. ... Luck broke Peyton Manning’s NFL rookie record with his fifth game of at least 300 yards passing. ... Wes Welker stretched his streak to 104 games with at least one reception. ... Reggie Wayne tied Cris Carter’s NFL mark with 58 consecutive games with at least three catches. ... Colts WR Donnie Avery left the game with a concussion. Arians had no update after the game.
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