FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New Englanders weren’t the only ones impressed by cornerback Aqib Talib in his debut in a Patriots uniform.
“He’s played football before. He’s not a rookie, he knows how to play,” said Colts receiver Reggie Wayne, who drew Talib in coverage at least half of the time. “He did a great job, pick-6. Good job for him.”
Talib started at left cornerback and played the majority of defensive snaps. His performance was highlighted by a 59-yard interception return for a touchdown, though he was also in coverage on two plays in which he gave up touchdowns.
“He looked like he picked up their scheme pretty well,” said Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton, who led the team with 100 yards receiving on six receptions. “He’s a great cornerback, that’s why they traded for him. He was able to do some things tonight.”
Generally speaking, the Patriots fared well in covering Wayne, who entered Week 11 as the league leader in targets (105) and receptions (69). Wayne was targeted 15 times Sunday against the Patriots. Talib and the secondary held Andrew Luck to a sub-50 completion percentage when targeting Wayne for the first time this season, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
Wayne finished the game with seven receptions for 72 yards, his second-lowest yardage total of the season.