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January 13, 2014

Blount a force for Patriots

Running back goes from unwanted to unstoppable

(Continued)

Against the Colts on Saturday, Blount proved he was no one-game wonder. He scored the four touchdowns (with four different TD celebrations) and nearly had a fifth but ran out of gas on a late run and was caught from behind.

“It goes to show you that you never know,” said special teams ace Matthew Slater. “You really can’t say enough about what this kid has accomplished. He’s been amazing. After everything, I am really enjoying seeing him have this success.”

But now with two straight huge games under his belt and the Patriots showing a willingness to run the football with regularity, it only becomes tougher for Blount and company.

The run is no longer a change of pace. With the AFC title and a trip to the Super Bowl on the line, the Denver defense will be prepared to attack and stop Blount and the run while also watching out for Brady and his battered group of receivers.

If the Patriots are to return to the Super Bowl, they will need Blount to continue that success, both to help the offense and to keep the ball of the hands of the always prolific Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos offense.

“I don’t know how it’s working, but it’s working,” said Blount. “I’m thankful they have given me this opportunity to carry the ball, and (Saturday) carry it as much as I could handle. They have shown trust in me and I want to pay them back.”

His former roommate and now next-door neighbor believes he can keep on rolling.

“He just wanted to run the ball,” said Talib. “And he is having a heck of a time. I could run him down, heck I could walk him down, but I’m glad I don’t have to tackle him.”

 

 

 

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