Lining up at his normal left tackle spot but having reported as an eligible receiver, Solder blocked at first but then flared out on a route. Quarterback Tom Brady quickly found him with a pass, and Solder was able to run in for the 16-yard touchdown.
The touchdown, which was the first of Solder's career, gave the Patriots a 24-7 lead. They scored on their next two possessions as well to go up 38-7 on the Colts with 2:08 remaining in the third quarter.
According to ESPN's Jeremy Lundblad, the 6-foot-8, 320-pound Solder is the heaviest player to ever catch a touchdown pass in the postseason.
The winner of Patriots-Colts goes on to play the Seahawks, who defeated the Packers 28-22 in overtime, in Super Bowl XLIX.
- Ben Estes