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Fournette, Brady lead Bucs past Colts



Leonard Fournette (center) of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers goes on the offensive against the Indianapolis Colts. / ANDY LYONS/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

LOS ANGELES (AFP) — Tom Brady completed 25 of 34 passes for 226 yards and running back Leonard Fournette scored four touchdowns as the first-place Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Indianapolis Colts, 38-31, on Sunday.

Fournettte’s fourth touchdown came off a 28-yard run with just 20 seconds left in front of a crowd of a crowd of 63,000 at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Fournette busted loose for the long run and the touchdown while running left in an attempt to get within field goal range for kicker Ryan Succop.

He fell into the endzone after avoiding a couple of arm tackles by Colt defenders.

“It was great capping off the game like that with a punch,” Fournette said.

“It got scary at the end, but it’s a team sport. We came together and made it happen.”

Fournette finished with 100 yards rushing on 17 carries for the Buccaneers, who are in first place in the National Football Conference South with an 8-3 record. Tampa receiver Rob Gronkowski caught seven passes for 123 yards.

While the Bucs typically rely on Brady’s throwing arm with an occasional running play thrown in, the Colts like to rush the ball to set up passing opportunities and field goals.

Jonathan Taylor, who leads the National Football League in rushing, gained 83 yards on 16 carries in the loss. The 22-year-old from Salem, New Jersey tied the game at 31-31 with a four-yard run at the 3:29 mark.