Patriots 43, Colts 22 LeGarrette Blount powers Patriots past Colts Running back’s 4 TDs leads way for New England ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Jim Davis/Globe Staff Playing in his first playoff game, running back LeGarrette Blount rushed for a franchise-record four touchdowns. Jim Davis/Globe Staff The Patriots took on the Colts in their AFC divisional playoff game. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Tom Brady had a word and a pat on the back for his Colts counterpart, Andrew Luck, after the Patriots took a 43-22 victory in the AFC divisional playoff game. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Brady became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for more than 6,000 yards in the postseason. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Blount and Stevan Ridley scored the team's six touchdowns. Ridley scored twice. Jim Davis/Globe Staff The Patriots advance to the AFC Championship game for the third straight season and eighth time in the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady era. Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff A Patriots fan wore a snorkel and a mask during pregame warm-ups. Jim Davis/Globe Staff The Patriots' attack began with an interception by Alfonzo Dennard in the first minutes of play. Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff Blount then scored the first touchdown. Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff He would go on to score two more touchdowns in the first half. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Da'Rick Rogers was tackled by Devin McCourty for an incompletion. Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff The Patriots' Dane Fletcher hit Jack Doyle in first-quarter action. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Punter Ryan Allen was injured in this tackle while recovering a botched snap in the second quarter. Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff Danny Aiken (not pictured) had launched the ball over Allen's head. Barry Chin/Globe Staff LeGarrette Blount danced in celebration after his third touchdown of the night. Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff Brady also celebrated the play. Barry Chin/Globe Staff Julian Edelman had a 25-yard catch-and-run in the game. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Erik Walden tackled Edelman. Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff Dont'a Hightower intercepted the ball during second-quarter action. Barry Chin/Globe Staff Fans cheered during third-quarter action. Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff Edelman ran the ball in the first half. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Coby Fleener missed a catch in the end zone. Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff Ridley scored his first of two touchdowns in the third quarter. Barry Chin/Globe Staff Ridley went for a 2-point conversion after the touchdown. Barry Chin / Globe Staff Vince Wilfork, who has been dealing with a torn Achilles' tendon, was on the sidelines. Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff Darius Butler tackled Danny Amendola. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Blount (left) celebrated Dennard's fourth-quarter interception. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Fans showed their support for the Patriots. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Ridley reacted to fourth-quarter action. Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff The Patriots will next play the winner of Sunday's Chargers-Broncos game.