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BALLARD’S ‘FLOP’ IGNITED WINS AWAY FROM HOME

Posted by Kevin Bowen on December 5, 2012 – 3:52 pm

Bruce Arians called it the ‘Fosbury Flop.’

Whatever phrase one wants to use in describing Vick Ballad’s game winning leap back on Oct. 28 against the Titans, there is no denying that a play like that has helped spear head the Colts flurry of victories over the seven weeks.

In search of the Colts first road win of the 2012 regular season, it was Ballard’s effort that carried out the message from Arians that week of ‘needing guys to do a little extra’ in order to win away from Lucas Oil Stadium.

Ballard was reminded of his highlight on Wednesday afternoon but chose to downplay any notion of how it will affect this weekend’s game.

“That last play was last time,” the rookie running back said. “It’s a whole new game and anything can happen. Obviously, we want to win but we can’t reminisce about the last game. You’ve got to put it behind you.”

The 19-yard throw back screen pass that Ballard took into the end zone during the Colts 19-13 overtime victory over the Titans came after the nine-play, 80-yard drive occurred via a strong ground attack.

Looking back at the first game, the Colts had a season-high 171 rushing yards on 34 carries and that is something that does intrigue Ballard heading into Sunday.

“We ran the ball pretty well. Some of our base run plays we were very effective with them,” Ballard said of the team’s first meeting. “I think we are going to try and stick with that game plan and hopefully we can have the same result.”

With eight different first-year players on the Colts offense, it’s been difficult to pin point why the Colts have been so successful in one-possession games like the Titans contest. But, even Ballard tried to offer up some reasoning.

“B.A. (Bruce Arians) said last week that once you get to the pro level, you are not expected to quit and I guess we just take that to a whole other level,” Ballard said. “That’s part of our job. We take it with pride. We want to win games too. All that into one just gives us that extra boost in the end.”

With Donnie Avery adding to the heart stopping plays against Detroit, at the end of the season it could be the ‘flop’ of Ballard in Nashville that is the reason the Colts find themselves in the postseason.

“I know getting that first road win was one of the main goals that we wanted to do because before then it had been maybe two years before we had gotten one,” Ballard said of the win over the Titans.

“It was pretty big for us. Obviously we were able to win two more (road games) after that. If it propelled us, I don’t know, but I’ll take it.”


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