INDIANAPOLIS Colts running back Joseph Addai didn't care that he made team history on Sunday.
Addai became the first Colts player to gain more than 100 yards both rushing and receiving in a game in the 24-20 loss to New England. Even Indianapolis stars Marshall Faulk and Edgerrin James never accomplished the feat.
"It tells you a lot about the offense and what we're trying to do, but a loss is a loss," he said.
Addai ran for 112 yards on 26 carries. He also caught five passes for 114 yards, including a dazzling 73-yard catch-and-run that gave the Colts a 13-7 halftime lead.
The performance was no surprise to his teammates, who have come to expect great things since he burst onto the scene last season as a rookie. Addai ran for 1,081 yards as a backup, then scored the game-winning touchdown in last year's AFC title game. He entered Sunday's game ranked seventh in the league with 592 yards and first with seven rushing touchdowns.
"We know what he's capable of doing, and he brings everything to the table every week," Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne said.
The Colts entered the game confident that they could establish a ground attack, although New England's run defense ranked fifth in the league.
"You feel like you have to be able to run the football," Colts center Jeff Saturday said. "You don't want to give a defense that good all day to rush your quarterback, so you feel like you have to set the tempo by running the football and getting good yardage."
Addai said he was successful in the first half because the Colts took what the Patriots gave them. He had 107 yards receiving and 80 yards rushing before the break.
The Patriots held Addai to 32 yards on 11 carries and one catch for seven yards in the second half. He said the Patriots adjusted well.
"We still came out in the second half and played hard," he said. "They played harder the whole game, and they got the job done."
Addai's most memorable play was the touchdown reception. The Colts' Antoine Bethea had just intercepted a pass by New England's Tom Brady, and the Colts took over at their 2-yard line with 1:46 left in the first half.
The Colts moved the ball to their 27-yard line before Manning found Addai on a short pass in the middle of the field. Addai juked his way around several defenders to get to the sideline, faked as if he was running out of bounds to stop the clock, then cut back toward the middle of the field. He outraced the rest of New England's defense and reached the end zone with 13 seconds left in the second quarter.
The play stunned the Patriots.
"It was tough, especially going into the half," New England safety James Sanders said. "Stop them going into the half, we would have been leading. It was tough, but we made our corrections at the half and came out fighting."
Addai started to describe the play, then stopped himself.
"It really was just a situation where there were just a couple of seconds left and I had some key blocks," he said. "None of that really matters."