Anatomy Of The Drives: Patriots Edition

Intro: The “Anatomy Of The Drives” series is back. Here’s a look at the two touchdown drives the Colts had in their 42-20 loss to the Patriots on Sunday night.

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Hakeem Nicks' 10-yard touchdown catch from Andrew LuckThe scene:Down 14-3 with 1:16 to go in the first half, the Colts took over at the Patriots 23-yard line. The anatomy of the drive:3 plays for 23 yards in 0:21. Key play:Coming into Sunday night, the Patriots had dominated opponents in the final two minutes of the first half. They had scored during that time frame in eight of their nine games. The Colts were able to flip the script on Sunday though and take some momentum of their own into halftime. On a third-and-one from the Patriots 17-yard line, defensive tackle Montori Hughes got great penetration through the line and forced Tom Brady to throw an early pass to Rob Gronkwoski. The Patriots tried to get the Colts safeties cheating towards the run but veteran Mike Adams didn't bait. He ran under the interception for his fourth pick of the season. The score:The Colts took full advantage of Adams setting the offense up at the Patriots 23-yard line.  Following a T.Y. Hilton 13-yard completion, the Colts had a first-and-goal from the 10-yard line. Hakeem Nicks lined up as the far wide receiver on the left of the formation with Reggie Wayne in the slot. With Darrelle Revis playing at his normal level, Luck went to attack the matchup of Nicks on Logan Ryan, the Patriots fourth cornerback. It was a perfect fade pass from Luck and Nicks hauled in his third touchdown of the season.

Anthony Castonzo's one-yard touchdown catch from Andrew Luck The scene:Down 28-13 with 3:23 left in the third quarter, the Colts took over at their own 20-yard line. The anatomy of the drive:11 plays for 80 yards in 3:50. Key play:It seemed like all evening, the Colts were playing catch up and that was once again the case early in the fourth quarter. In trying to get the deficit back to one-possession, Coby Fleener emerged. On this drive, Fleener caught a 22-yard pass on a third-and-10 with a tiptoe sideline act. That came after Fleener's 45-yard reception to start the series. Fleener finished the night with seven catches (seven targets) for a career-high 144 receiving yards. Depending on the injury news to Dwayne Allen, Fleener could see his role grow significantly in the week(s) to come. The score:** The Colts had trouble running the football on Sunday night so they turned to one of the most unique play calls you will see in the NFL this season. Tackle eligible Joe Reitz came into the game and lined up as an extra tight end next to right tackle Gosder Cherilus. With the unbalanced line, left tackle Anthony Castonzo began to block before leaking out into the left flat. Reggie Wayne, who was lined up as the lone receiver to the left of Castonzo, occupied Darelle Revis. Castonzo was left wide open for his first NFL touchdown. It was the first touchdown for a Colts offensive lineman since Jamey Richard recovered a fumble for a touchdown on December 28, 2008 against the Titans.

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