(Reuters) - Unheralded New England running back Jonas Gray scored four touchdowns to spark the Patriots to a 42-20 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.
In what had been billed as a showdown between marquee quarterbacks Tom Brady and Andrew Luck, Gray stole the show with 199 rushing yards and the first scores of his career.
The 24-year-old was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2012 and had appeared in just three previous games for New England this season before his breakout performance.
It was the sixth straight win for the Patriots (8-2), who took sole possession of first place in the AFC after the Denver Broncos (7-3) lost earlier in the day. The Patriots' rushing attack took the pressure off of Brady, who shook off two first-half interceptions to finish with 257 yards passing and two touchdowns. Luck threw for 303 yards with two scores and one interception for hosts Indianapolis, who were playing catch-up for most of the game. The Colts twice pulled within eight points during the second half but New England scored the final 14 of the game to seal the win. The Colts fell to 6-4 but remain top of the AFC South, a game ahead of Houston (5-5).
(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter Rutherford)