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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Sat, Jan 3 at 4:35pm ET on ESPN – Arizona at Carolina
Sat, Jan 3 at 8:15pm ET on NBC – Pittsburgh at Indianapolis (if CIN wins tonight) OR Baltimore at Pittsburgh (if PIT wins tonight)
Sun, Jan 4 at 1:05pm ET on CBS – Baltimore at Cincinnati (if CIN wins tonight) OR Cincinnati at Indianapolis (if PIT wins tonight)
Sun, Jan 4 at 4:40pm ET on FOX – Detroit at Dallas
Sat, Jan 10 at 4:35pm ET on NBC – TBD at New England
Sat, Jan 10 at 8:15pm ET on FOX – TBD at Seattle
Sun, Jan 11 at 1:05pm ET on FOX – TBD at Green Bay
Sun, Jan 11 at 4:40pm ET on CBS – TBD at Denver
Sun, Jan 18 at 3:05pm ET on FOX – NFC Championship Game
Sun, Jan 18 at 6:40pm ET on CBS – AFC Championship Game
If the Cincinnati-Pittsburgh game tonight ends in a tie, then Baltimore at Indianapolis will be Saturday night of Wild Card Weekend, and Pittsburgh at Cincinnati will be Sunday at 1pm ET.
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