Patriots stuck with run game, even after slow start

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One mark of a good coaching staff is a willingness to trust your game plan, even if it isn’t working out too well at first.

That’s what happened in the Patriots’ 43-22 win over the Colts Saturday night.

The plan, clearly, was to run the ball early and often. The Colts’ front seven is undersized, the Patriots’ strength is their offensive line and running backs, and the rainy conditions made it tough to throw the football.

The Patriots ran the ball on 21 of their first 31 plays, and on 23 of 30 total first downs. They ran for just 56 yards on the first 16 of those first-down opportunities..

But they stuck to their run-first approach, slowly wearing down the Colts’ front seven. And then finally . . . bang.

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