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Patriots-Colts through stats-based lens

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A look at Sunday's game between the Patriots and Colts through a stats-based lens (via ESPN's Stats & Information):

1. Third meeting for Brady and Luck. This will be the third matchup between Tom Brady and Andrew Luck. Brady and the Patriots won the first two, both in New England. The Patriots have outscored the Colts by a 102-46 margin in those games.

2. No topping Brady's QBR in win streak. Brady is one of two quarterbacks to go 5-0 since Week 5 (Carson Palmer is the other), and he has the highest Total QBR in that span at 89.1.

3. These teams are usually in control. The Patriots and Colts have been the best teams in the league at controlling their games. The Patriots (67.5 percent) and Colts (65.7 percent) rank first and second, respectively, in average in-game win probability. The Colts also control the ball, as their 34:48 average time of possession is the NFL's best mark by far, 1:19 over the next-best team (49ers).

4. Patriots sizzling in second half of season. The Patriots are 30-3 in the second half of the regular season (Games 9-16) since 2010, by far the best record in the NFL in those games.

Patriots -- 30-3

Saints -- 23-10

49ers -- 22-10-1

Packers -- 22-10-1

5. Brady's three-TD games piling up. Brady has four straight games with three or more touchdown passes, which is the longest current streak in the NFL. He is looking to become the fifth player in the past 10 seasons to have five straight games with three or more passing touchdowns.

Tom Brady -- 10 (2007)

Peyton Manning -- 5 (2012)

Aaron Rodgers -- 5 (2012-13)

Aaron Rodgers -- 5 (2011)

6. Play-action passing for Brady. Brady has used play-action fakes on 91 pass attempts this season, tied for fourth-most among quarterbacks. All six of Brady’s play-action touchdown passes have come since Week 5, and he's the only quarterback with more than five in that span.

7. Winning streak could tie league high. With five straight wins, the Patriots are tied with the Cardinals for the league's longest active win streak. That is one win shy of the longest win streak in the NFL this year, as the Cowboys won six games from Weeks 2-7.

8. Colts have big-play potential. Indianapolis has had 52 offensive plays gain 20 yards or more this season, the highest total in the NFL.

9. Luck attacking the deep third of the field. Luck has 22 completions on passes thrown at least 20 yards down the field, which is tied for most in the NFL this season.

Andrew Luck -- 22

Ben Roethlisberger -- 22

Brian Hoyer -- 20

10. Bradshaw picking up steam. Since Week 7, Colts running back Ahmad Bradshaw has the highest yards per rush by a running back at 6.0.

11. Two teams fare well after the bye. The Patriots are 10-4 in the game following their bye under Bill Belichick, while the Colts are 10-3 in games following their bye since the 2001 season. Both teams are coming off their bye this week.