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Blount sets new Patriots playoff record

LeGarrette Blount scored three touchdowns in the first half.
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LeGarrette Blount scored three touchdowns in the first half.

LeGarrette Blount forced his way into the record book.

Prior to Saturday’s AFC divisional showdown with the Colts, Blount was one of 20 players on the Patriots’ 53-man active roster who had never been in uniform for an NFL playoff game.

Now, the bulldozing Blount has broken a Patriots record and tied another. Blount set a team record -- regular season and postseason -- with his fourth rushing touchdown of the game. The fourth touchdown came on a 73-yard run in the fourth quarter, the second-longest TD run in Patriots playoff history.

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He also tied former Patriots running back Curtis Martin for rushing yards in a playoff game with 166.

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Martin had three touchdowns in a playoff game against the Steelers on Jan. 5, 1997. In that game, Martin rushed for a franchise record 166 yards to go along with the three TDs, including a 78-yard touchdown run, the longest Patriots touchdown run in playoff history.

Blount had 24 carries in the Patriots’ 43-22 victory. In the regular season, Blount had 772 rushing yards on 153 carries, and scored seven touchdowns in his first year in New England.

Each of Blount’s first three scoring runs was from 2 yards out.