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Patriots Ride Gray’s Career Night to Best Record In AFC

| by Daniel Yancelson

The New England Patriots used a career game from third-string running back Jonas Gray (199 yards, four touchdowns) to beat AFC rivals, Indianapolis Colts on Sunday Night Football.

Gray, who was on the practice squad just last month, came into the game with 132 total yards and zero touchdowns in his three other games this season. His four touchdowns Sunday night tied a franchise record for most in a game.

Gray had 32 carries in the game, picking up Brady for his shaky first half; Brady threw two interceptions before the half. For the game, Brady ended up completing 19 of 30 passes for 257 yards, two touchdowns and two picks.

His counterpart, Andrew Luck, had his eighth consecutive game with at least 300 passing yards. Drew Brees holds the NFL record with nine such games. Luck went 23-39 for 303 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception.

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The Colts struggled with both stopping the run and running the ball. They gave up 244 rushing yards and only rushed for 19 yards. Luck led the Colts in rushing yards with 15.

One of the keys for the Patriots in their big win was converting nine of 12 third downs in the game, while only allowing the Colts five of 13.

The Colts drop to 6-4 for the year, but stay atop the AFC South over the 5-5 Houston Texans.

The Patriots lead the AFC East with an 8-2 record and hold the best record in all of the AFC. They will host the Lions next Sunday, before a big matchup against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field Nov. 30.

Source: ESPN / Photo Credit: Flickr