INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts (11-5) ended their 2014 regular season with yet another divisional victory.
In the Colts 27-10 win on Sunday afternoon, the AFC South champions swept the division for a second straight season.
Now, the Colts will turn their attention to the playoffs and their Wild Card matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals (10-5-1) on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. EST.
Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.
ONE FINAL WIN—The Colts didn’t seem to have anything to play for in Week 17 but you couldn’t tell that by listening to coaches and players in the days leading up to Sunday. Outside of a few injuries, Sunday was a productive afternoon for what the Colts were hoping to accomplish from a momentum standpoint heading into January.
ANDREW LUCK SETS FRANCHISE RECORD– It was just two quarters of work for Andrew Luck on Sunday but he made the most of that time. Luck was 10-of-16 for 160 yards and two touchdowns in the season finale. Luck also set a Colts franchise record for passing yards in a single season (4,761).
ROOKIE PASS RUSH LEADER – The Colts leading sacker in 2014 was rookie Jonathan Newsome. On Sunday, Newsome added two more sacks and wrapped up his first season in the NFL with 6.5 sacks. He finished the year with the second most sacks of any NFL rookie. Newsome’s presence off the edge will be vital come January.
DIVISION DOMINANCE – Sunday marked the 13th straight divisional win the Colts have piled up, dating back to the end of 2012. In sweeping the division for a second straight year, the Colts are once again the dominant team in the AFC South. The Colts six divisional wins this season came by an average of 16.6 points per game.
WILD CARD MATCHUP – It will be a short trip up I-74 for the Cincinnati Bengals (10-5-1) in their Wild Card matchup with the Colts next Sunday. The 1:05 p.m. EST kickoff will be a rematch of the Colts 27-0 victory back in Week Six. In that earlier matchup, the Bengals did not have perennial Pro Bowl receiver A.J. Green.
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