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Colts vs Rams: 4th Quarter Update

Posted by coltsindianapolis on August 12, 2012 – 4:20 pm

Colts 38, St. Louis 3

Davis pass intercepted by Chris Rucker with :39 left on the clock

After Indianapolis held St. Louis on downs, Pat McAfee booted a 31-yard field goal with 4:44 remaining in the game to give the Colts a 38-3 lead.

Harnish teamed with wide receiver Jeremy Ross on a 33-yard touchdown pass with 11:14 remaining to put the club up, 35-3. The drive covered 57 yards in six plays.

Rookie Chandler Harnish entered the game with 14:05 to go. Stanton was eight-of-11 for 83 yards.


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Colts vs Rams: 3rd Quarter Update

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 3:39 pm

Wide receivers LaVon Brazill (16-yard reception) and T.Y. Hilton (nine-yard rush on a reverse) had big plays early on the club’s second possession. Tight end Dominique Jones had a 22-yard reception from Stanton on the drive. Running back Darren Evans scored on a one-yard run with seven seconds left in the quarter to put Indianapolis up, 28-3. The drive covered 85 yards in 13 plays. The drive consumed 6:47 of the period.

Running back Delone Carter left the game with a rib injury.

The teams traded punts to open the quarter.

Drew Stanton, who started the Colts’ last possession of the first half, opened the second half.


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Colts vs Rams: 2nd Quarter Update

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 2:53 pm

Andrew Luck directed 24 plays in the first half, hitting 10-of-16 passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns.

The Colts responded to the St. Louis score by marching 80 yards in 13 plays to take a 21-3 lead. Running back Delone Carter dived over from a yard out to end the march. Luck teamed wide receiver Quan Cosby on a 32-yard pass to the St. Louis one prior to the score.

St. Louis was able to get on the scoreboard on a 37-yard field goal by Greg Zuerlein to conclude a 61-yard drive that was spurred by a 54-yard interference call against the Colts. Hughes had a second sack of Clemens to force the field goal.

Guard Mike McGlynn exited the game with an ankle injury.

Luck drove the Colts 53 yards in seven plays to take 14-0 lead early in the period. Luck hit wide receiver Austin Collie on a 23-yard scoring reception to conclude the drive.

Defensive tackle Brandon McKinney produced a takeaway near mid-field early in the period, a recovered fumble after a reception.


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Colts vs Rams: 1st Quarter Update

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 2:47 pm

Linebacker Jerry Hughes ended the first quarter with a sack of Kellen Clemens.

Quarterback Andrew Luck teamed with running back Donald Brown on a 63-yard touchdown pass on the Colts’ first play from scrimmage. Luck joined Peyton Manning (1998, 48 yards to Marvin Harrison) with touchdown passes on a first career attempt.

The Indianapolis defense made a third- and fourth-down stop on the initial St. Louis possession. The Rams reached the Indianapolis 37-yard line on 10 plays.

Linebackers Scott Lutrus (knee) and Pat Angerer (foot) exited the game with injuries.

COLTS PRE-GAME REPORT

PRE-GAME CELEBRATION – Sunday’s game was the first in Lucas Oil Stadium since Super Bowl XLVI in February.  Prior to the game, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard spoke to the crowd from mid-field.  Ballard directed the crowd’s attention to the stadium rafters as a banner commemorating the city, state and Super Bowl was dropped.  The banner hangs among those earned by the Colts from previous post-seasons.  The city hopes to attract the Super Bowl again in 2018.

The roof and window are open for today’s game

LINE-UP CHANGES

Justin King started at LCB for Cassius Vaughn

Ricardo Mathews started at DE for Cory Redding


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STADIUM ROOF UPDATE

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 11:13 am

The roof will be open for today’s game against the Rams

 


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Mike McGlynn Hoping This Deja Vu Continues

Posted by Chuck Chapman on – 10:54 am

New Colts offensive lineman Mike McGlynn is noticing some parallels between his 2011 season in Cincinnati and this one, his first as a member of the Indianapolis Colts.

McGlynn was picked up off waivers by the Bengals prior to the beginning of last season. There McGlynn was going to a team breaking in a rookie quarterback with a young receiving corps and new offensive coordinator. It was a team coming off a losing season having jettisoned many of its stars from previous years (Carson Palmer, Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco). Most thought it more likely the Bengals would draft Andrew Luck than make the playoffs.

Sound familiar?

Cincinnati, with Mike McGlynn starting most of the season at guard, surprised everyone and made the playoffs as a wild card team last season behind rookie quarterback Andy Dalton. McGlynn thinks that this year’s Colts team could similarly surprise people.

“The strides we’re making with our personnel have been great… Andrew is a unique player. I’ve never been around a guy like him at the position.”

That’s pretty high praise from a lineman who not only blocked for Andy Dalton last season, but has also protected Donovan McNabb and Michael Vick.

It’s not just the football side that has McGlynn excited for this season. He couldn’t be happier to have made the move up I-74 to Indianapolis.

“The city is awesome. I love everything about it! This is one of classiest organizations I’ve ever been a part of.”

McGlynn, a self-described “blue collar guy who brings his lunch pail to work,” is fighting for a starting guard spot on the rebuilt Colts offensive line. Thus far he’s gained the majority of the snaps with the first team, but he knows his real test will begin Sunday afternoon when the Rams start going after Andrew Luck.

If McGlynn and his fellow linemates can keep Luck upright, the Colts will have an outstanding opportunity to emulate the surprise season the Bengals put together last year.


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Winston Justice Thinks This Could Be the Start of Something Big

Posted by Chuck Chapman on – 2:00 am

Winston Justice knows “big” when he sees it. As a lineman at USC, he blocked for three Heisman Trophy winners and was part of a team that contended for the national championship every year. In his six years as a Philadelphia Eagle, he went to the playoffs four times.

So it bears listening to when Justice says that this collection of Colts’ linemen could be “something big.”

Justice knows that “NFL” often means “not for long.” The business side of the game necessitates roster turnover and change. Because of that, he’s not overly concerned with the lack of experience the Colts’ line has with each other.

“Sometimes in the NFL it’s like that. It’s very rare that you find five guys that have played together for a very long time. Hopefully this group will play together for a long time.”

Justice credits head coach Chuck Pagano’s infectious enthusiasm for the pace of development that has observers anxious to see them take the field Sunday against St. Louis.

“He’s really intense. He expects a lot in practice. These are some of the hardest practices I’ve ever had to go through.”

Having played for Andy Reid for the entirety of his NFL career, that’s high praise for Pagano. Justice is mourning the loss this week of Reid’s eldest son, Garrett, who was found dead at Eagles camp at Lehigh University on Monday. Garrett Reid had served as a weight coach for the Eagles, so Justice had gotten to know him very well. Although he hadn’t had an opportunity to speak directly to Andy Reid or anyone with the Eagles, Justice was clearly saddened and shaken by Garrett’s untimely passing.

Justice comes to Indianapolis with a reputation for being involved in the community, something that has been valued highly within the Colts organization. He says getting plugged in here in Indianapolis is a “main focus” and that he’s looking forward to continuing his community service here.

Justice can already see that Indianapolis is “a real family town” and is confident that he and his family will fit in well here, despite it being somewhat “opposite” of Justice’s previous homes in Southern California and Philadelphia.

“My wife’s from the midwest, so she’s used to it…I think we’ll like it here.”

Justice’s veteran presence will go a long way toward helping this young line come together. Once that happens, Justice’s word could become prophetic if the Colts go on to “something big.”


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