Patriots rushing attack vs. Colts run defense
The Patriots running attack has developed into a strong three-headed monster over the final parts of the season. LeGarrette Blount has had big games, Stevan Ridley seems to have figured out his fumbling issues, and Shane Vereen is just as dangerous as ever after recovering from a broken wrist. The Patriots combined for 2,065 rushing yards on the season, one of only 12 teams to break the 2,000-yard mark. Their 4.4 yards per attempt was ninth-best in the NFL, while their 19 rushing touchdowns were bested only by Minnesota’s 23. The Patriots have long been known for having a strong air attack, but their running game in 2013 has become just as impressive. The Patriots ran for 115 yards and two touchdowns against the Colts in Week 11 of 2012.
The Colts run defense, on the other hand, was ranked 26th in the league after allowing 2,002 yards on the ground at a rate of 4.5 yards per attempt. They allowed 125.1 yards per game and their 14 rushing touchdowns allowed was tied for 18th in the NFL. In the wild-card game against the Chiefs, the Colts allowed five runners to combine for 150 yards on the ground with a touchdown, and that was even after electric running back Jamaal Charles was forced to leave the game after only three carries.