Blount finds a family in New England

Mon Jan 19, 2015 1:52am EST
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By Larry Fine

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (Reuters) - Out of favor in Pittsburgh, LeGarrette Blount has clearly found a home in New England and became the Patriots' all-time leader in postseason rushing touchdowns with his bruising performance in Sunday's AFC Championship win over Indianapolis.

A disgruntled Blount had left the field early this season in a November victory with the Steelers, upset with his lack of playing time behind Le'Veon Bell.

The Steelers promptly released Blount, who bounced right back when the Patriots, his previous team, signed him up.

Blount burned to show what he could do and the Patriots installed him as their featured back.

"It's just a real close knit family here," Blount said after battering the Colts for 148 yards and three touchdowns on 30 carries in a 45-7 rout.

"You can't beat that. That's what you need to win games."

Getting into the end zone from one, two and 13 yards gave Blount seven career postseason touchdowns for the Pats, including four against the Colts in last year's divisional playoffs.

"My O-line played amazing. Tom (Brady) played amazing," said Blount, spreading the credit for Sunday's romp among his offensive line and the team's quarterback.   Continued...

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates after a touchdown by running back LeGarrette Blount (not pictured) against the Indianapolis Colts in the third quarter in the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports