By Howard Ulman, AP Sports Writer
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Rob Gronkowski caught two touchdown passes then scored on a lateral and the Patriots withstood a fourth-quarter rally to keep the Colts winless with a 31-24 victory Sunday.
Trailing 31-3, the Colts rallied with a touchdown run by Donald Brown and two scoring passes from Dan Orlovsky to Pierre Garcon, the last a 40-yarder with 36 seconds to go. But Deion Branch recovered the onside kick and Tom Brady took a knee on the final play.
The Patriots (9-3) posted their fourth straight win and improved to 38-5 in December starting in 2001. The Colts (0-12) must beat Baltimore, Tennessee, Houston or Jacksonville to avoid a winless season.
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