Instant Reaction: Patriots Outlast Colts, Win 42-20

New England was dominant in the first half but turnovers allowed the Colts to score right before halftime to cut the Patriots' lead to 14-10 at the break.

Both sides traded scores in the second half, but New England's defense was able to step up and preserve the hard-fought win.

Turning Point:

After the Patriots went up 35-20, they got the first stop of the half by either team. That gave them the ball back just outside the red zone with just over eight minutes to play in the game. New England scored on the ensuing possession, putting the game out of reach.

Key Stat:

Indianapolis is a pass-happy team, but they were totally unproductive on the ground against the Pats. They finished with only 19 rushing yards as a team, which shows how one-dimensional they were.

New England MVP:

Running back Jonas Gray was signed to the active roster from New England's practice squad on October 16 before their game against the New York Jets, and had an incredible breakout performance for the Patriots. Gray rushed for 199 yards and a franchise-record four touchdowns on 38 carries on the night.

Indianapolis MVP:

Who else but Andrew Luck? The Colts rely so much on their quarterback, but he wasn't able to put them over the top today. He still played well, finishing with 303 yards passing and two touchdowns.

What’s Next?

New England returns home to face the Detroit Lions next weekend, while Indianapolis hosts the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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