FOXBOROUGH — Of all the versatile playmakers the Patriots have on offense, LeGarrette Blount might have been well down the list of candidates expected to shatter the team’s single-game all-purpose yardage record.
Acquired in an offseason trade with Tampa Bay, where he had lost his featured back role, Blount wasn’t the leading rusher for the Patriots this season and had been part of an underwhelming rotation at returning kickoffs.
On Sunday, in a driving rain at Gillette Stadium that seemed tailor-made for a big, bruising back to make a slow, steady impact, Blount did even better. He turned a 34-20 win over Buffalo into his best day in four NFL seasons. Blount carried 24 times for a career high 189 yards and two touchdowns, rushing numbers the Patriots hadn’t seen all season.
As impressive as Blount was running the ball — he’s been getting more carries the last few weeks — he made his biggest contribution returning kicks. He had two second-half returns totalling 145 yards, which led to 10 momentum-swinging points.
Add it up, and Blount’s 334 all-purpose yards set a team record, surpassing Larry Garron’s 273 (100 scrimmage, 173 return) on Nov. 3, 1962.
You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month
Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.
- High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
- Convenient access across all of your devices
- Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
- Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
- Less than 25¢ a week