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Patriots vs. Colts stats: Self-inflicted mistakes doom New England in 27-17 loss

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The New England Patriots entered Week 15 off a seven-game losing streak, but the team was unable to keep it alive against the Indianapolis Colts. New England lost the primetime matchup on Saturday night 27-17, falling to 9-5 on the season and from the top spot in the AFC playoff picture — in large part because

Let’s now take a look at some early statistics to come out of that contest.

Patriots vs. Colts: Team statistics

Team statistics

Stat Patriots Bills
Stat Patriots Bills
First downs 20 29
Third down 7-14 (50%) 6-7 (85.7%)
Fourth down 4-4 (100%) 0-0 (0%)
Total net yards 305 482
Net rushing yards 89 174
Net passing yards 216 308
Penalties 5-34 3-47
Turnovers 2 0
Red zone 2-2 (100%) 6-6 (100%)
Goal-to-go 2-2 (100%) 3-3 (100%)
Time of possession 28:35 31:25

Statistically speaking, the game between the Patriots and Colts was a close affair with some advantages for New England. The team gained more yards, in part because it converted third downs at a higher rate, and vastly out-gained its opponent in passing yards.

In the end, however, none of that mattered because the Patriots kept shooting themselves in the foot. They turned the football over twice, had a blocked punt returned for a touchdown, and surrendered a 67-yard rushing touchdown to the Colts’ Jonathan Taylor to ice the game late in the fourth quarter.

Patriots individual statistics

Passing statistics

Player Attempts Completions Completion rate Yards Touchdowns Interceptions Sacks Rating EPA/Play
Player Attempts Completions Completion rate Yards Touchdowns Interceptions Sacks Rating EPA/Play
Mac Jones 38 24 63.2% 232 2 2 3-16 75.8 0.17

Two weeks after throwing only three passes against the Buffalo Bills, Mac Jones had the second highest output of his career in that department. With the running game not moving the ball consistently enough and New England trailing 20-0 at the onset of the fourth quarter, the rookie was asked to attempt 45 passes.

Jones had some positive moments, including a pair of touchdown throws to Hunter Henry and a long 43-yard connection with N’Keal Harry, but he also threw two costly picks. The first of those turnovers ended a red zone possession, while the second set up a Colts touchdown.

Rushing statistics

Player Carries Yards Average Touchdowns EPA/Play
Player Carries Yards Average Touchdowns EPA/Play
Damien Harris 9 30 3.3 0 -0.26
Rhamondre Stevenson 8 27 3.4 0 0.08
Mac Jones 2 18 9.0 0 N/A
Kendrick Bourne 1 14 14.0 0 0.87

With lead running back Damien Harris out due to a hamstring issue, the Patriots turned to fourht-round rookie Rhamondre Stevenson as their RB1. Stevenson had a 13-yard run in the second quarter but was relatively quiet throughout the day — just like fellow running back Brandon Bolden.

The most damage on the ground was actually done by non-running backs: Kendrick Bourne, Jakobi Meyers and Mac Jones combined to gain 40 of New England’s 81 rushing yards on just four carries.

Receiving statistics

Player Targets Receptions Yards Average Touchdowns EPA/Play
Player Targets Receptions Yards Average Touchdowns EPA/Play
Jakobi Meyers 9 6 40 6.7 0 0.19
Kendrick Bourne 8 7 77 11.0 2 1.48
Brandon Bolden 6 4 27 6.8 0 -0.08
Rhamondre Stevenson 4 4 33 8.3 0 0.54
Hunter Henry 4 1 30 30.0 0 -0.92
Nelson Agholor 2 1 18 18.0 0 -0.12
Damien Harris 1 1 7 7.0 0 0.42
Jakob Johnson 1 0 0 0.0 0 -0.46

Mac Jones spread the football around against the Colts, with his favorite targets once again being wide receiver Jakobi Meyers and tight end Hunter Henry. Meyers led the team in targets (12) and was tied with Henry for the team-lead in receptions (6); Henry, meanwhile, had the most receiving yards on the team (77) and scored both touchdowns.

One player does deserve special mention, though. Former first-round wide receiver N’Keal Harry registered two receptions, including the aforementioned 43-yard snag in the fourth quarter.

Front seven statistics

Player Tackles Sacks QB hits Interceptions Passes defensed Forced fumbles Recovered fumbles
Player Tackles Sacks QB hits Interceptions Passes defensed Forced fumbles Recovered fumbles
Lawrence Guy 4 0 0 0 1 0 0
Dont'a Hightower 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kyle Van Noy 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Deatrich Wise Jr. 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ja'Whaun Bentley 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Christian Barmore 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Matthew Judon 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Jamie Collins Sr. 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Davon Godchaux 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Daniel Ekuale 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

The Patriots secondary did a solid job limiting the Colts’ running game early on, but it broke down at the most inopportune time: down 20-17 just outside the two-minute warning, the unit allowed Jonathan Taylor to take a cutback run 67 yards to the end zone for the decisive touchdown.

In total, the unit therefore surrendered 226 rushing yards and a score on 39 carries.

Secondary statistics

Player Tackles Sacks QB hits Interceptions Passes defensed Forced fumbles Recovered fumbles
Player Tackles Sacks QB hits Interceptions Passes defensed Forced fumbles Recovered fumbles
Devin McCourty 8 0 0 0 0 0 0
J.C. Jackson 6 0 0 0 0 0 0
Adrian Phillips 6 0 0 0 0 0 0
Joejuan Williams 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kyle Dugger 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
Myles Bryant 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D'Angelo Ross 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

The Patriots’ defense was tested through the air on only 12 occasions, and it held up its end of the bargain: Colts quarterback Carson Wentz completed just five of his pass attempts for 57 yards with a touchdown and interception apiece.

That INT was grabbed by safety Devin McCourty with an assist by linebacker Jamie Collins. Cornerback J.C. Jackson, meanwhile, broke up three of Wentz’s passes.

Kicking statistics

Player Field goals Extra points Punts Gross punt average Net punt average Blocked kicks
Player Field goals Extra points Punts Gross punt average Net punt average Blocked kicks
Nick Folk 1-1 1-1 0 0.0 0.0 0
Jake Bailey 0-0 0-0 3 47.3 29.3 0

The biggest number in this table is the one right at the bottom. After already seeing two of his punts get blocked earlier this year, the Patriots’ protection unit once again failed Jake Bailey. Indianapolis’ Matthew Adams burst through the line in the first quarter, with the football being recovered by his team for six points.

Return game statistics

Player Tackles Punt returns Punt return average Punt return touchdowns Kickoff returns Kickoff return average Kickoff return touchdowns
Player Tackles Punt returns Punt return average Punt return touchdowns Kickoff returns Kickoff return average Kickoff return touchdowns
Matthew Slater 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Gunner Olszewski 1 0 0.0 0 5 20.6 0
Brandon King 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

The Patriots’ return game had a quiet day, with Gunner Olszewski running back just two kicks. Obviously, though, the protection breakdown on the blocked punt was a huge miscue and part of why New England’s seven-game winning streak came to a disappointing end.