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LeGarrette Blount runs wild as Pats clinch second seed

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The Patriots will be the second seed in the AFC playoffs this year and they can thank running back LeGarrette Blount for making sure they got that first round bye.

Blount ran for 189 yards and two touchdowns as the Patriots beat the Bills 34-20 to assure that they remained in front of the Bengals and Colts in the AFC pecking order. Blount’s exploits didn’t end with offense, however. He also followed both of the Bills’ second half touchdowns with long kickoff returns that put the Patriots in position for points.

He took one kick 83 yards and the Patriots cashed it in with a Shane Vereen touchdown. Buffalo answered with a touchdown to cut the lead to 24-17, but Blount went 62 yards to set up a Patriots field goal that extended the lead to 10 points. Finally, Blount went 35 yards for a touchdown with 2:31 to play to make the final academic.

Tom Brady was 14-of-24 for 122 yards with a touchdown and an interception that came when Vereen bobbled a ball right into Bills linebacker Manny Lawson’s hands. With Stevan Ridley adding 74 yards to Blount’s output, there wasn’t much call for the Patriots to test things through the air in a driving rain.

The Patriots have some injury issues to sort out during the bye week. Wide receiver Aaron Dobson left with a foot injury and linebacker Brandon Spikes has a knee injury that forced him out of the game in the fourth quarter, but they’ll have extra time to heal up thanks to Sunday’s win.

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67 Responses to “LeGarrette Blount runs wild as Pats clinch second seed”
  1. nfl4days says: Dec 29, 2013 7:27 PM

    Got smoked by the Blount.

  2. esdawt says: Dec 29, 2013 7:29 PM

    Blount could win both Offensive and Special Teams player of the week. :)

  3. flash1283 says: Dec 29, 2013 7:32 PM

    Thanks Tampa!

  4. donchacho says: Dec 29, 2013 7:34 PM

    Brady has to be MVP look at those numbers today, he’s put those up consistently all year.

  5. duffelbagsports says: Dec 29, 2013 7:36 PM

    One of the best trades the Patriots have ever made.

  6. the8man says: Dec 29, 2013 7:36 PM

    It’s essential to have a formidable running game going into the playoffs.

    Go Patriots!

  7. harrisonhits2 says: Dec 29, 2013 7:38 PM

    You guys blew the headline. It should have been -

    Blount Buries Buffalo Bills

    Lol

    Have to give the Bills credit though. They hung on to their spoiler role very late in the game and with injuries happening constantly on that wet field, by the time there was 5 minutes left I just wanted the game over before anybody else got hurt.

  8. patsfan1820 says: Dec 29, 2013 7:43 PM

    Given the ugly conditions the Patriots decided to run the ball with Blount and it paid off. The Patriots get some much needed rest to get everyone up to speed. Nice job.

  9. ubeengronked says: Dec 29, 2013 7:45 PM

    Jeff Demps and a 7th round pick for Blount? Thanks Schiano.

  10. phaktor333 says: Dec 29, 2013 7:47 PM

    Dare I say…the Bills got punched
    in the mouth by LeGarrett.

  11. dudermcrbohan says: Dec 29, 2013 7:50 PM

    Blount force trauma

  12. brazzz01 says: Dec 29, 2013 7:51 PM

    Brady threw for 122 yards today. LULZ ONLY 122 AGAINST THE GREAT BILLS LULZ SPIEGATE SYSTIM QB!1!

    Yup, I think I covered all the haters talking points today.

  13. brazzz01 says: Dec 29, 2013 7:53 PM

    Brady has to be MVP look at those numbers today, he’s put those up consistently all year.

    —–

    U mad bro?

  14. tigerlilac says: Dec 29, 2013 8:00 PM

    When he made the trade with Tampa, people dismissed Belichick’s statements that he wanted Blount because he he could add value to the team and that he had been a productive player at the NFL level. Blount is another guy no one else wanted (or at least under-valued) who proved to excel under Belichick’s “system”. If I was a NFL with unique skills that were not being utilized effectively by my current team I would play for Bill if the opportunity presented itself. If I was Talib, I wouldn’t leave.

  15. patriotinvasion says: Dec 29, 2013 8:02 PM

    Only the Patriots could be 12-4 after losing so many key players. #2 seed, first round bye, and 3 games to glory. Not sure what’s going to happen, but I know we have hung with everyone all year and are capable of going on an improbable run. Time will tell.

  16. rascalmanny says: Dec 29, 2013 8:02 PM

    Stupid Titans let him go.

  17. pastabelly says: Dec 29, 2013 8:05 PM

    Did Jeff Demps even play this year?

  18. strokinmyego says: Dec 29, 2013 8:05 PM

    You know after years of seeing the Patriots being the flashy passing team going into the playoffs and not getting the job done it’s going to be interesting seeing them go into January as a physical, smash-mouth team.

    The Patriots have been through a lot this year, they’re as battle tested as they’ve been in years let’s see if it brings a better result for them in the postseason.

  19. weepingjebus says: Dec 29, 2013 8:05 PM

    The team won? I am obviously not in a Ravens article.

  20. tigerlilac says: Dec 29, 2013 8:13 PM

    The Patriots are excellent in the elements. The morph into what the elements dictate. Brady did an excellent job of scaling back his quarterback play and handing it off to Blount and Ridley, while passing short to Edelman to mix it up just enough. The Pats also are excellent at the chess match. A number of times today Belichick went conservative to try to keep it a two score game or to gain a field position advantage. Putting Blount in to return kicks in the second half worked wonders. Blount was a combination of Earl Cambell and Bo Jackson.

  21. 2001asterisk2003asterisk2004asterisk says: Dec 29, 2013 8:21 PM

    Impressive win today – cue the duck boats.

  22. tigerlilac says: Dec 29, 2013 8:24 PM

    I feel for the veterans on the Bills that always play their hearts out against us and almost never get the win. Fred Jackson, Kyle Williams, Leodis McKelvin and others too numerous to mention (but especially Jackson).

  23. osyrus1971 says: Dec 29, 2013 8:26 PM

    Solid effort by da pats. I’m hopefull that San Diego gets past Cincinnati and goes into Denver to expose Peyton for the choke-artist he has always been.
    Go Chowder’s!!!!!

  24. brazzz01 says: Dec 29, 2013 8:34 PM

    As for the Bills –

    Manuel is the future, as I said. Thad Lewis is fine as a backup. Bills should not waste a pick on another QB. They need some big strong guys (especially a guard) up front on that OL. Notwithstanding today, that D is relentless but they could use a thumping ILB who can stop the run.

  25. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 29, 2013 8:36 PM

    In this modern pass happy NFL…. legarrette blount is an NFL dinosaur due to his terrible pass catching ability (one dimensional skill set).

    That Said… every Midwest and Northeast team needs one or two of them.

  26. ralphwilsonisrich says: Dec 29, 2013 8:42 PM

    Just behind Gale Sayers in all purpose yards

  27. trajan2448 says: Dec 29, 2013 8:49 PM

    Great team effort. Best running game pats have ever had. Brady is still the master. Most of this season NO deep threat receivers and defense wracked by injuries and they go 12 and 4.

  28. filthymcnastyog says: Dec 29, 2013 8:54 PM

    Yep Tampa Bay.. He Just Dances In The PockeT…

  29. dualprime says: Dec 29, 2013 8:58 PM

    Good win for the Pats. One more game and they’re off for the summer. How about that Peyton Manning?

  30. brazzz01 says: Dec 29, 2013 9:05 PM

    Best running game pats have ever had.

    —-
    Wouldn’t go that far… but in recent years for sure.

    The Air Brady show has come up small in the playoffs in the last few years. Maybe it’s time to break out Ground and Pound Pats style…and ride that horse…

  31. brazzz01 says: Dec 29, 2013 9:06 PM

    How about that Peyton Manning?
    ———–

    Great regular season QB. Couldn’t think of a better regular season QB than that guy.

  32. yanksbills says: Dec 29, 2013 9:07 PM

    Aaaaaaaannnnnndddddd Buffalo finishes yet another season with a fizzle. Thanks again, boys, for your hard work. Management, thanks again for nothing.

  33. brazzz01 says: Dec 29, 2013 9:19 PM

    Aaaaaaaannnnnndddddd Buffalo finishes yet another season with a fizzle.
    —————
    Bills could have easily been at least 10-6. They lost 3 games by 3 or less points. They lost 1 game by 7. They also should have beaten the Chiefs.

    Just saying.

    That’s progress. A few needs to fix and they’ll make a playoff run soon.

  34. brazzz01 says: Dec 29, 2013 9:21 PM

    Great regular season QB. Couldn’t think of a better regular season QB than that guy.

    3 1 <<< I take it the thumbs down-er doesn't think he's a great regular season QB?

    Surely you jest. He's as great a regular season QB as you'll ever see in the league. They should have a wing of the HOF just for him called the Regular Season HOF. He sets the standard for greatness in the regular season.

  35. dualprime says: Dec 29, 2013 9:48 PM

    Most yards. Most TDs. Highest scoring team. Number one seed throughout the playoffs. No one wants to play the Broncos.

  36. brazzz01 says: Dec 29, 2013 9:55 PM

    Most yards. Most TDs. Highest scoring team. Number one seed throughout the playoffs. No one wants to play the Broncos.

    —–
    I wonder if people visiting the HOF will notice the 2×2 inch sticky note in Peyton’s section which details all of his playoff accomplishments.

  37. dualprime says: Dec 29, 2013 9:59 PM

    Blount is another guy no one else wanted (or at least under-valued) who proved to excel under Belichick’s “system”.
    —————————–
    Belichick talking to Blount about the system: According to our spy films the defense will lineup here so just run over there. Hey, it worked!

  38. drewzducks says: Dec 29, 2013 10:03 PM

    dufusprime…sorry, but weren’t the donkeys the #1 seed throughout the playoffs last year, which lasted a whopping 4 hrs and 11 minutes ? Thought so. A divisional win would be a remarkable and extremely rare feat for #18.

  39. dualprime says: Dec 29, 2013 10:04 PM

    Here’s Brady’s HOF sticky note: * * *

  40. brazzz01 says: Dec 29, 2013 10:05 PM

    Belichick talking to Blount about the system: According to our spy films the defense will lineup here so just run over there. Hey, it worked

    It’s great that in a season where Peyton broke a lot of records that he will also add yet another notch to his NFL record of one and dones.

    Going one and done so many times is quite an accomplishment. I think you really need to give Peyton the credit and respect that such an accomplishment clearly deserves.

    And just think…that one will NEVER be broken.

  41. drewzducks says: Dec 29, 2013 10:12 PM

    XXXII * XXXIII*

  42. dualprime says: Dec 29, 2013 10:15 PM

    drewzducks says:
    Dec 29, 2013 10:03 PM
    dufusprime…sorry, but weren’t the donkeys the #1 seed throughout the playoffs last year, which lasted a whopping 4 hrs and 11 minutes ?
    ——–
    Don’t be sorry. You’re absolutely correct! They were beaten by the Ravens who went on to win the SB. Yes, the same Ravens who rolled the Patsies on the way to the championship. We’re geniuses huh?

  43. brazzz01 says: Dec 29, 2013 10:16 PM

    Here’s Brady’s HOF sticky note: * * * * *

    You forgot a few asterisks.

    * 2 time Super Bowl MVP

    * Holder of multiple NFL records

    * 3 time SB champion. Winner of more Super Bowls than all but two QBs that ever played the game.

    * Winningest QB in regular season history… sorry Peyton

    * Winningest QB in playoff history

    Nah, the asterisks will be too confusing I think they’ll just go with the details.

  44. brazzz01 says: Dec 29, 2013 10:18 PM

    No one wants to play the Broncos.

    —-

    If by “no-one” you really mean all Pats fans salivating at a chance to see the Pats play them again then you would be correct.

    Sadly it won’t happen…. Another Peyton one and done is calling….ring….

  45. brazzz01 says: Dec 29, 2013 10:23 PM

    Wow! Can you believe Peyton will have nine one and dones in a few weeks!

    NINE!

    I really think that level of postseason ineptitude is historic in professional sports.

    That to me is much more impressive than the passing yards and passing TD records…..

  46. dualprime says: Dec 29, 2013 10:25 PM

    brazzz01 says:
    Dec 29, 2013 10:16 PM
    Here’s Brady’s HOF sticky note: * * * * *

    You forgot a few asterisks.
    * Most TDs in a season – Brady, whoops Manning!
    * Most passing yards in a season – Brady, whoops Manning!
    * Number one seed – Brady, whoops Manning!
    * Most points scored- Brady, whoops Manning!

  47. brazzz01 says: Dec 29, 2013 10:31 PM

    You forgot a few asterisks.
    * Most TDs in a season – Brady, whoops Manning!
    * Most passing yards in a season – Brady, whoops Manning!
    * Number one seed – Brady, whoops Manning!
    * Most points scored- Brady, whoops Manning!

    ————-

    * Most playoff one and dones (soon to be 9): Manning.

    No “whoops” there as going one and done so many times is only a trait that Peyton could have.

  48. dualprime says: Dec 29, 2013 10:39 PM

    SB record since Spygate.

    E. Manning 2-0
    P. Manning 1-1
    T. Brady 0-2

  49. brazzz01 says: Dec 29, 2013 10:50 PM

    SB record since Spygate.

    E. Manning 2-0
    P. Manning 1-1
    T. Brady 0-2

    —–
    Playoff wins as a Bronco:
    Tebow: 1
    Peyton 0

    Postseason winning percentage
    Tebow: .500
    Peyton: .450

    Let me know when Manning elevates his game to Tebow’s level in the playoffs and then I can consider him as one of the greats.

  50. brazzz01 says: Dec 29, 2013 10:51 PM

    Tebow is good enough to win a playoff game as a Bronco? Manning isn’t.

    Therefore, Tebow > Manning.

    Yup. Really, the only logical and sensible conclusion one can draw.

  51. patriotinvasion says: Dec 29, 2013 10:52 PM

    @duelprime

    Love how you measure the Patriots’ success by their record IN THE Super Bowl. Lol. High standards the Pats have set huh? How do they keep getting there without filming hand signals that were in plain view to 70,000 people in the stadium every Sunday?

    Just gonna say they are 0-2 because of Eli and Justin Tuck. Tyree drops a pass and Welker catches one and it’s 2 rings in the past 6 years. Keep hatin. We love it.

  52. brazzz01 says: Dec 29, 2013 10:57 PM

    Love how you measure the Patriots’ success by their record IN THE Super Bowl. Lol. High standards the Pats have set huh? How do they keep getting there without filming hand signals that were in plain view to 70,000 people in the stadium every Sunday?

    Just gonna say they are 0-2 because of Eli and Justin Tuck. Tyree drops a pass and Welker catches one and it’s 2 rings in the past 6 years. Keep hatin. We love it.

    —-

    The appropriate response to that trolling is: Tebow > Manning in the playoffs.

    Which he is. Numbers don’t lie.

    Ouch. That really has to burn Manning fans up. It should.

  53. dualprime says: Dec 29, 2013 11:06 PM

    Just gonna say they are 0-2 because of Eli and Justin Tuck. Tyree drops a pass and Welker catches one and it’s 2 rings in the past 6 years. Keep hatin. We love it.
    ———–
    This is a real challenge to respond to but I’ll do me best. Here goes. He didn’t drop the pass and Welker didn’t catch if. Pats lose, no rings.

  54. brazzz01 says: Dec 29, 2013 11:11 PM

    Philip Rivers is Peyton Manning’s daddy. That is not the team that Manning fans wanted to see make the playoffs today.

    Rivers has already sent Manning to 2 one and dones. #3 will be in a few weeks. Manning fans are shaking in their boots at the thought.

    As they should.

  55. dudeicle says: Dec 29, 2013 11:40 PM

    Blount-man for the win.

  56. bullcharger says: Dec 30, 2013 12:13 AM

    dualprime says:
    Dec 29, 2013 8:58 PM
    Good win for the Pats. One more game and they’re off for the summer. How about that Peyton Manning?

    ———–

    How about him… Most losses by a QB in playoff history!

  57. RE LEE says: Dec 30, 2013 1:50 AM

    Peyton broke a lot of records including those of Brady’s but bottom line, Peyton will still be chasing Brady. The ring is the thing. Besides, Brady ,with his rag tag team just beat Peyton after trailing 24 points. Wrap your mind around THAT one. Can anyone here honestly believe that Peyton can do what Brady has done with his decimated team? This year is Peyton’s banner year ; he is also in great position to win the sb but that won’t diminish Brady’s legacy. It’s ironic that with Brady’s miserable stats this year, the pundits and his peers think that this is his and BB best year ever. Just more addition to tb and bb legend. It’s unbelievable that the pats have come this far. Not bad for a team that was written off at the start of the season. Oh… Can Peyton punt?

  58. themagicalrighttestical says: Dec 30, 2013 6:09 AM

    The shot with Blount and Brady together at the end of the game with Brady’s arm around Blount was almost iconic.

    I’d like to hear that conversation between the I’d like to think it went something like “you are my new Corey Dillon”

    One thing that nobody can take from this team is thier ability to beat you in any way they need to, and the commrodery. If they are Bke to win the Super Bowl it would be one of the finest coaching/QB/team accomplishments in all of sports

  59. tominma says: Dec 30, 2013 8:00 AM

    Belichick : GREAT coaching job, maybe his best Coach of the Year

    Tom Brady: carried this team on his back and constantly found ways to win ( even tho refs to 2 wins away)
    MVP

    ( NFL stated after “spygate” that no competitive advantage was gained because of the filming. ALL the teams were doing it!! ( Jimmy Johnson). Problem is The Pats did it AFTER it was banned by a memo!)

  60. brazzz01 says: Dec 30, 2013 9:59 AM

    drewzducks says: Dec 29, 2013 10:12 PM

    XXXII * XXXIII*

    ——————

    Yep.

    So much easier to get to and win Super Bowls when you can cheat the salary cap and keep your team together.

    That’s far more egregious cheating than anything any other team has done, possibly with the exception of the 70′s Steelers. Fact.

  61. dualprime says: Dec 30, 2013 4:09 PM

    Career Facts:

    Manning
    > CMP % = 65.5
    > Yds = 64,954
    > TDs = 491
    > Rating = 97.2

    Brady
    > CMP % = 63.4
    > Yds = 49,149
    > TDs = 359
    > Rating = 95.7

    Tommy might catch him if he plays long enough.

  62. dualprime says: Dec 30, 2013 4:33 PM

    Peyton Manning is Philip River’s daddy. Rivers fans remember what Peyton did to them at SD in November, not to mention what the Broncos did to the Chiefs…twice.

    Rivers fans are shaking in their boots at the thought of playing against Manning again.

    As they should.

  63. factsbefactin says: Dec 30, 2013 6:37 PM

    Dualprime, the reason people don’t give your comments the dap you think they should is you’re trolling on a Pats article, and every time somebody mentions Peyton’s record number of one-and-dones, you stick your fingers in your ears and refuse to acknowledge it.

    They’ll both be in the HOF, Brady with at least 3 rings, and Manning with at least 1. Every time they play it’s awesome (though, one guy is 10-4 against the other…). Everything’s going to be okay, I promise.

  64. dualprime says: Dec 30, 2013 8:30 PM

    Tommy will be one and done soon. I promise.

  65. factsbefactin says: Dec 30, 2013 9:44 PM

    Fair enough, soothsayer! As a Pats fan, I can admit it certainly has happened. Nature of the playoffs…though lately, the ’07 Pats and ’09 Colts of the world tend to lose to hungrier, lower-seeded teams.

  66. flash1283 says: Dec 31, 2013 5:38 AM

    dualprime says:
    Dec 30, 2013 4:09 PM
    Career Facts:

    Manning
    > CMP % = 65.5
    > Yds = 64,954
    > TDs = 491
    > Rating = 97.2

    Brady
    > CMP % = 63.4
    > Yds = 49,149
    > TDs = 359
    > Rating = 95.7

    Tommy might catch him if he plays long enough.

    You left out the part about Manning playing 3 more seasons than Brady.

    More career Facts:

    Brady 17-7 best all time

    Manning 9-11 tied for most loses all time

  67. dualprime says: Jan 1, 2014 2:54 PM

    You left out the part about Manning playing 3 more seasons than Brady.
    ===============
    Okay, we’ll only use career percentage and rating.
    Manning
    > CMP % = 65.5
    > Rating = 97.2

    Brady
    > CMP % = 63.4
    > Rating = 95.7

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