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December 30, 2013

Blount's record-setting day leads Patriots into playoffs

Blount's record-setting game leads Patriotsinto playoffs with first-round bye

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Despite his reputation as — and build — as a power back, when he scored he did so in thrilling fashion, with touchdown runs of 36 and 35 yards. One was the Pats’ first TD of the game, and the second clinched the victory in the fourth.

“He is just such a tough player to bring down,” said Develin. “It’s a lot of fun blocking for a guy like LG because you turn around and see him fighting and carrying three guys for extra yards. He is such a tough guy to bring down. You know he is going to lower his pads and fight for everything. And he has pretty good speed for a guy his size.”

Blount flashed that speed on his two huge kickoff returns.

The first he fielded 5 yards deep in the end zone, faked a knee and broke free for an 83-yard return. One possession later he followed that up with a 62-yard runback. Neither was a touchdown, but each resulted in points for the Patriots.

“We have been waiting 16 weeks for someone to rip off a big return and the big fella finally provided one today,” said special teams ace Matt Slater. “He may not look like a kick returner but he runs hard and and with him back there you know he’s going to break tackles. It’s a big boost to make plays in the kicking game, so it was exciting to see LeGarrette out there rumbling, bumbling and stumbling his way to a few big plays.”

It may have been, by a wide margin, the biggest game of his NFL career, but according to Blount it was not the best game of his life.

“In high school I think I ran for like 450 yards and six touchdowns in a game,” he said with a laugh. “I was about 220 back then. I think I ran a touchdown back, too. Everyone has one of those games in high school. Maybe it was 400 yards.”

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