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Colts Daily Headlines: October 7th Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on October 7, 2013 – 8:39 am

The Colts began the second quarter of their schedule by knocking off the undefeated Seattle Seahawks. Today’s news looks at the Colts as a Super Bowl contender, how this win compares to the one over Green Bay last season and yet another fourth-quarter comeback.

Take a look below at the top pieces from Monday, October 7th.  

Bob Kravitz: Believe it or not, Indianapolis Colts are legitimate Super Bowl contenders

By: Bob Kravitz, Indy Star

The Colts are just five weeks into the 2013 regular season but thanks to a pair of wins over two of the top teams in NFC, the words “Super Bowl” are being thrown around with this team.

A lot of national folks saw last year’s Colts and saw a fluke, a team that won games despite its humble talent level, a team that overachieved as it played with its recovering head coach in its heart. Those same folks thought the Colts would regress, that the same esprit d’corps would be vanquished, and they would tumble to 8-8 or worse.

But it’s not happening.

They are still writing the same script. Still making magic in the fourth quarter. Still defying the odds. They are not, after all, a one-year wonder. They are a team – if they stay reasonably healthy – that can win the whole thing in just the second year of rebuilding.

“Character, resiliency, toughness, grit, never quiet, belief, faith,’’ Pagano said. “I don’t know what else I can say, other than these guys, we got something special.’’

Colts Insider: Win over  Seattle rekindles memories of last season’s season-changing victory over Green Bay

By: Stephen Holder, Indy Star

Holder looks at last season’s comeback over win over the Green Bay Packers that happened nearly one year ago to the exact day as yesterday’s comeback win.

It was exactly one year ago when his team found itself in a similar predicament — trailing and playing listlessly — against the GreenBay Packers, a situation that required everything the team could muster in a furious fourth-quarter comeback. Pagano, undergoing treatment for leukemia, watched the stirring victory from his hospital room.

Fast forward 12 months and the calendar has changed, Pagano is healthy and the opponent wore different colors. But the Colts were at it again, overcoming a top-flight opponent, their own mistakes and the scoreboard in — of course — the fourth quarter.

“We were down 21-3 at the half to Green Bay,” Pagano said. “It was the first game that I was away. And it’s the same thing when you look in these guys’ eyes. Nobody flinches around here. No player. No coaches.”

And by nobody, he meant nobody. Because it took a gargantuan effort from all involved to pull this off. This wasn’t just Andrew Luck authoring another fourth-quarter comeback (although he’s now got nine in 21 pro games).

Luck does it again in the fourth quarter

By: Mike Wells,

Once again, there was no panic with No. 12 in the Colts offensive huddle.

Business as usual and just another fourth quarter comeback for Andrew Luck.

Sunday was the ninth fourth-quarter comeback by Luck in only 21 NFL games. Yes, nine of the Colts’ 15 victories over the past two seasons have been been come-from-behind wins led by the second-year quarterback. Jake Plummer is the only other quarterback who can say he has nine fourth-quarter comebacks in his first two seasons. Luck still has 11 more games this season to top Plummer.

“That’s a good question,” Luck said when asked if he savors the come-from-behind victories. “Maybe there’s something special about the close ones. A win is a win. I’m sure you ask every guy in the locker room and they’re happy with a win.”

That, too, is typical Luck. He has not interested in talking about his individual success. It’s all about what’s best for the team.



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