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Colts Extra Points!

Posted by ColtsCaseyB on January 10, 2014 – 3:27 pm

What’s up Colts Nation! You know what time it is? It’s playoff time! And for the eleventh time in twelve years the Colts are in the hunt for the Lombardi Trophy. I’ve been impressed all season long by the dedication, enthusiasm and support for the team. As the team’s Fan Correspondent, I get to hang out with fans while they tailgate, interact with them during our contests and occasionally participate in the cool things Colts Nation dreams up.

We’ve had a lot of great promotions this season, but some of the best have involved the Colts Extra Points Credit Card. The Colts Extra Points Credit Card is a great way to show your support for the team, but most importantly, it’s your all-access pass to cool Colts stuff. One of our favorite Cardmember-only perks  is  Fast Pass entry into the Stadium on game day. Nobody likes waiting, and Colts Extra Points Cardmembers spend more time enjoying the amenities inside Lucas Oil Stadium and less time braving the elements outside in line  using the Fast Pass gates (Lucas Oil Entrance Gate #8 or HH Gregg Gate #14 Not to mention our weakness  for on the spot Cardmember appreciation at the Fast Pass Gates… it’s not unlikely for us to drop by after gates open to randomly surprise Cardmembers with seat upgrades, game used footballs, and VIP game day experiences.

And when it comes time to renewing your tickets, the Colts Extra Points Credit Card offers special financing on ticket purchase greater than $500 – no interest when paid in full in 6 months(4) each and every year!  That benefit alone is enough to make the Colts Extra Point Credit the #1 choice for Colts Season Ticket Holders, but it doesn’t stop there…

Other benefits include:

  • NO ANNUAL FEE(1)
  • 20% off every purchase, every day at ColtsProShop.com(5)
  • Start with 10,000 BONUS POINTS after you make $500 in purchases within the first 90 days of account opening(2) – enough to redeem a Colts jersey or $100 cash back statement credit towards ticket purchases(3)
  • Earn 2X points on all Colts purchases, including game and season tickets, at Colts ColtsProShop.com and in-stadium. Redeem points for everything Colts, from game tickets to merchandise to once in a lifetime football experiences (Click here).

Start enjoying these great benefits today! Click here to read important disclosures (1,2,3,4, and 5) and apply.

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Ray and Diane Bridges were just one of the many Colts Cardmembers we surprised with a game-used football at the Colts Extra Points Fast Pass Game this season!


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Live Chat Today at 2:00 p.m. EST

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 8:00 am

Looking for a place to have your Colts questions answered at the end of the week? Well, you’ve come to the right place.

On Friday, I will host a one-hour chat called “Horseshoe Roundup” beginning at 2:00 p.m EST.

The chat will cover a variety of topics with the focus being the pertinent news during that time period. I will take your questions and try to answer as many as I can during the hour.

For this week, the Colts are fresh off one of the greatest comebacks in NFL history.

What are your thoughts on the Colts heading back to a familiar spot in facing the New England Patriots?

Do you think the Colts can carry the momentum and advance to a fifth AFC Championship game since 1995?

Feel free to join the chat via this link around 2:00 p.m. on Friday (scroll to the bottom of the page) and we will talk for an hour about whatever is on your mind.


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COLTS MAKE ADDITIONS TO PRACTICE SQUAD

Posted by coltsindianapolis on January 7, 2014 – 1:50 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today signed cornerback Marcus Burley and defensive tackle Kurt Taufa’asau to the practice squad.

 

Burley, 5-10, 185 pounds, was originally signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent on April 28, 2013 and spent time on the practice squads of the Jaguars, Philadelphia Eagles and St. Louis Rams this year. At Delaware, he appeared in 48 career games (33 starts) and totaled 169 tackles (119 solo), 18 passes defensed, four interceptions, three tackles for loss, three fumble recoveries and one forced fumble. As a senior in 2012, Burley started all 11 games and recorded 27 tackles (19 solo), five passes defensed and one fumble recovery.

 

Taufa’asau, 6-2, 300 pounds, was originally signed by the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted free agent on April 29, 2013. After being waived on August 31, he was signed to the Tennessee Titans practice squad on December 18. Taufa’asau played three years at Wyoming after transferring from New Mexico Military Institute. He competed in 20 career games at Wyoming and recorded 49 tackles (25 solo), four tackles for loss and three passes defensed.


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES

Posted by coltsindianapolis on January 6, 2014 – 3:46 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today agreed to terms with wide receiver Deion Branch, elevated wide receiver Josh Lenz from the practice squad to the active roster and released defensive tackle Christian Tupou from the practice squad. The team also placed defensive end Fili Moala and cornerback Greg Toler on Injured Reserve.

Branch, 5-9, 195 pounds, holds career totals of 518 receptions for 6,644 yards and 39 touchdowns in 140 regular season games (111 starts). He has also recorded 64 receptions for 948 yards and four touchdowns in 17 postseason games (13 starts). Branch is a two-time Super Bowl winner and was awarded the Pete Rozelle Trophy as the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XXXIX. His 11 receptions in the game tied the Super Bowl record, also achieved by Jerry Rice, Dan Ross and Wes Welker. Branch also led all receivers in Super Bowl XXXVIII and has totaled a combined 21 receptions in three Super Bowl appearances, which ranks third all-time, trailing only Jerry Rice (33) and Andre Reed (27).

Branch set a team playoff record with 153 receiving yards on eight catches in the Patriots’ 2005 Divisional Playoff game at Denver. He also grabbed a 73-yard completion in the game, establishing the longest reception in Patriots playoff history. Branch was the NFL’s leading receiver in the 2004 playoffs, pacing the league in receptions (16) and receiving yards (264). In addition to being named Super Bowl XXXIX MVP, he was selected as the NFL’s Offensive Player of the Week following the AFC Championship Game (1/23/05), when he led all receivers with 116 yards, including a 60-yard touchdown grab.

Lenz, 6-0, 194 pounds, joined the Colts practice squad on November 11, 2013. He was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by Chicago on April 28, 2013 and was then signed to the Seattle practice squad on October 8. The Seahawks released Lenz on November 5. In 47 games (19 starts) at Iowa State, he totaled 96 catches for 1,213 yards and 10 touchdowns. As a senior with the Cyclones, he accounted for 430 yards and six touchdowns on 29 receptions.

As a rookie this season, Tupou appeared in five games with the Chicago Bears before being released on December 26, 2013. He was signed to the Colts practice squad on January 3, 2014.

In his fifth season with the Colts, Moala saw action in all 16 regular season games (six starts) and finished with 26 tackles (13 solo), 1.5 sacks, one fumble recovery and one pass defensed. He totaled a season-high four tackles in Week 2 against Miami and Week 6 at San Diego. In a Week 16 meeting at Kansas City, Moala tallied half of a sack and added his lone fumble recovery of the season.

Toler competed in nine games (seven starts) during the regular season and started the team’s Wild Card Playoff contest against Kansas City prior to leaving the game with a groin injury. He finished the regular season with 24 tackles (17 solo) and one interception. Toler posted a season-high seven tackles and two passes defensed in Week 5 against Seattle.


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Five Things Learned, Kansas City-Colts

Posted by craigkelleycolts on – 8:02 am

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Intro:  Indianapolis wiped out the biggest deficit in franchise history and the second-largest in NFL playoff history by earning a 45-44 victory in the Wild Card round after trailing Kansas City, 38-10, in the third quarter.  It was the fourth comeback win by the Colts in 2013, and it sends them deeper into the playoffs than they have been since 2009.

INDIANAPOLIS – Saturday’s improbable and pulsating 45-44 victory over Kansas City in the Wild Card playoffs was achieved by Indianapolis overcoming the largest deficit in franchise history and the second-largest ever in league post-season play.

The Colts did almost enough to lose before finishing a nose ahead in what Chuck Pagano called an “epic” victory.

Indianapolis always uses a 24-hour rule to process the outcomes of games and with a post-season date Saturday in New England, putting the result behind is in order.  So is correcting matters that made such a comeback necessary.

It was one of the most unforgettable Colts and NFL playoff games ever, and here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.

ANDREW LUCK CONTINUES TO DEFINE SPECIAL – Already a playoff starter in consecutive seasons to open a career and having tied for the second-most starting victories (22) over the first two seasons by a QB in the Super Bowl era, Luck delivered a performance that almost defied belief and description by overcoming three interceptions with four touchdown passes and guiding the Colts back from a 38-10 second-half hole to a 45-44 victory.  Luck helped the Colts out-score Kansas City 35-6 over the game’s final 27 minutes.  He moved the club to three TDs in 16 snaps to narrow the 28-point deficit to 10 points entering the last quarter, then capped a marathon 90-yard march by recovering a fumble and running/diving for a touchdown.  At 44-38 past the midway point of the final quarter, he converted a third-and-five with an 11-yard completion, then reared back and hit T.Y. Hilton for a 64-yard strike to settle the matter.  Indianapolis had five TDs in six possessions to earn the win, and Luck’s 443 yards ranked fifth in NFL playoff history.  In a franchise that had John Unitas and Peyton Manning win titles, Luck’s first-ever playoff win was one for the ages.  Afterward, all he could do was credit teammates for sticking with him, while Ryan Grigson compared him to Michael Jordan for always excelling in the clutch and wanting to do so in those moments.

BELIEF NEVER WANES – Just this season, Indianapolis rallied from 12 points down to beat Seattle, 14 to top Tennessee and 18 to dispatch Houston.  Those were the eighth, ninth and 10th comeback wins under Pagano.  Saturday’s stage was bigger than the regular season, and the deficit was larger than any overcome in the Colts’ 60-plus seasons.  Still, a band of brothers fought, chipped away, didn’t judge, stuck to the process, honed fundamentals and techniques – all the things Chuck Pagano said afterward were critical but made him sound like a broken record when he cited them.  These players are tight.  Had the comeback not happened and they had to answer why, they would have done so with complete professionalism.  That is not the case and a group that never quits has 60 more minutes to fight.  Belief in Pagano and the program are as solid as any team has in this league.  Players play for each other as much as they play for themselves, maybe more so.

SPECIAL NIGHT – Knowing how talented Kansas City is on specialty units, Indianapolis copped a better kickoff return average (30.0) than the Chiefs (26.7).  Kansas City’s average was almost three yards off the NFL record it set during the season (29.4).  Eight times Pat McAfee sailed kickoffs into the end zone and seven times Quintin Demps brought them out.  McAfee’s kicks were five, eight, nine, six, four, six, eight and eight yards deep, and only the last one was downed by Demps, and that came after the Colts’ last score.  His longest return was 34 yards, and Indianapolis met the goal of Special Teams Coach Tom McMahon of having the Chiefs play full-court offense.  On kickoff drive starts, the Colts held a two-yard advantage (nine drives, avg. of 22-yard line; KC, eight drives, avg. of 20).  Additionally, McAfee’s lone punt of 51 yards was returned only six yards, another victory for the Colts.  Special teams were an issue in the club’s last home playoff loss in 2010 as the Jets scored a last-second field goal for a 17-16 win.  This time?  No dice.

MATHIS MOMENT – All year, Robert Mathis has helped turn games with sacks and strip-sacks.  His strip-sack against Denver helped ignite a nine-point splurge that put the Colts ahead in the second quarter with a lead it never yielded.  He has found times to bedevil quarterbacks, and his sack-strip of Alex Smith in the third quarter set the stage for a quick 41-yard TD drive that cut a 38-10 gap to 38-24.  Kansas City had run a nice offensive tempo to negate Mathis (he was an eyelash away from Smith before he threw a 79-yard TD pass for a 17-7 lead) most of the game, but the NFL sack champion got one that counted.  This team feeds off many sources, but this “pillar” player had a timely play in a comeback.  Since Luck said there were no 28-point plays to be made, this one play was huge.

WINNING KEY STATISTICS – An abnormal day saw the Colts win a game with a minus-three turnover ratio while allowing more than 500 net yards and owning the ball not even 23 minutes.  Kansas City converted nearly 60 percent of it third downs (nine-of-16) and inflicted major damage on that down with two early TDs.  All year long, Pagano said next to points that turnovers tell the tale of outcomes.  The Colts were out-scored, 17-14, in points resulting from turnovers, so that tale was suspended for a day, a key day.  According to ESPN number crunchers, the Colts had only a 3.6 percent chance to win when they trailed by 21 points at the half.  After Luck’s interception to open the third quarter, that percent dipped to 0.9 when the Chiefs upped the deficit to 38-10.  Whatever numbers may be, Indianapolis caught lightning in a bottle with the NFL’s second-largest post-season rally.  Winning twice while having such deficits in key categories likely is not possible next weekend.


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COLTS “BLUE FRIDAY VIRTUAL PEP RALLY”

Posted by ColtsCaseyB on January 3, 2014 – 5:37 pm

Watch our “Blue Friday Virtual Pep Rally” for your chance to win Colts vs. Chiefs tickets! We will start the pep rally at 6PM.


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MEIJER TICKET DISTRIBUTION

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 12:50 pm

Meijer’s ticket block for tomorrow’s playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs has been distributed to the following organizations:

  • Indiana National Guard
  • Indiana Blue Star Salute
  • Survivor Outreach Services
  • Wish for Our Heroes

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Live Chat Today at 2:00 p.m. EST

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 9:00 am

Looking for a place to have your Colts questions answered at the end of the week? Well, you’ve come to the right place.

On Friday, I will host a one-hour chat called “Horseshoe Roundup” beginning at 2:00 p.m EST.

The chat will cover a variety of topics with the focus being the pertinent news during that time period. I will take your questions and try to answer as many as I can during the hour.

For this week, the Colts have capped off an 11-5 regular season and now enter the playoffs.

What are your thoughts on the Colts rematch with the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday?

Do you think the Colts are built to make a run in January?

Feel free to join the chat via this link around 2:00 p.m. on Friday (scroll to the bottom of the page) and we will talk for an hour about whatever is on your mind.


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COLTS OLB-ROBERT MATHIS NAMED AFC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE MONTH

Posted by coltsindianapolis on January 2, 2014 – 10:01 am

The NFL today announced that Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Robert Mathis has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Month for December. This marks the fourth time Mathis has earned the award in his career and the second time this season (October).

In the month of December, Mathis compiled 19 tackles (15 solo), 5.0 sacks and four forced fumbles as the Colts went 4-1. His 5.0 sacks in the month ranked first in the AFC while the four forced fumbles ranked tied for first in the NFL with Colts inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman.

In a Week 13 victory over Tennessee (12/1), Mathis recorded a sack-forced fumble and set a new franchise record for most games with at least half of a sack (82), topping Dwight Freeney’s previous record. Two weeks later in a win over Houston (12/15), Mathis posted a sack-forced fumble and set the Colts all-time career and single-season sack records. In Week 16 at Kansas City (12/22), he registered five tackles (four solo), 1.0 sack and two forced fumbles, which tied his single-season career-high with eight forced fumbles (2005). In the regular season finale against Jacksonville (12/29), Mathis tallied seven tackles (five solo) and 2.0 sacks, claiming the NFL’s sack title with 19.5 for the year.

Mathis finished the regular season with 65 tackles (54 solo), a career-high and league-leading 19.5 sacks and tied a career-high with eight forced fumbles. His sack total ranks 20th in NFL history and fifth among active players. Mathis also holds an NFL record with 43 sack-forced fumbles in his career.

Mathis is the first Colts player to earn multiple AFC Player of the Month honors in a single season since kicker Mike Vanderjagt won the award in three consecutive months in 2003 (October-December).


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