Patriots running over the Colts

AP

The inability of the Colts’ defense to stop the Patriots’ running game on the goal line has been the difference tonight in New England.

Stevan Ridley ran for a three-yard touchdown, then ran for a two-point conversion, in the third quarter to give the Patriots a 29-15 lead over the Colts.

Ridley’s touchdown was the Patriots’ fourth rushing touchdown in a goal-to-go situation: New England running back LeGarrette Blount has also scored three two-yard touchdowns tonight.

The Colts are doing their best to stay alive, and the Andrew Luck-led offense isn’t going down without a fight. But the Colts simply can’t stop the Patriots at the goal line. And that’s a pretty big problem.