MIAMI – The Colts three-game losing streak came to an end on Sunday afternoon in Miami.
With that, the Colts have kept their very, very slim playoff hopes alive heading into Week 17.
The Colts (7-8) will conclude the 2015 regular season with a visit from the Tennessee Titans (3-12) on Sunday afternoon at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.
TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS – Before anyone could start scoreboard watching on Sunday, the Colts had to handle their own business. They did that with an 18-12 victory that took virtually every single one of those 60 minutes. With Houston’s 34-6 win over the Titans on Sunday, the Colts had to win In Miami to keep their season alive.
ANOTHER INJURY SIDELINES HASSELBECK – A right (throwing) shoulder injury to Matt Hasselbeck ended his day during the second quarter on Sunday. For the fourth straight week, an injury to Hasselbeck sent him to the sideline. In his relief, Charlie Whitehurst was able to manage things enough. After Sunday’s win, Hasselbeck (AC Sprain) did not sound too optimistic about playing in the regular season finale next week.
GORE LEADS MIAMI CONTINGENT – Touchdown runs of 37 and 11 yards on Sunday highlighted the 5.7-yard per carry afternoon for Frank Gore. The Colts desperately needed Gore’s production on Sunday. It was even sweeter for Gore as the Miami crew (Gore, T.Y. Hilton, Andre Johnson, Phillip Dorsett and even former Dolphins Vontae Davis and Kendall Langford) all were key contributors to Sunday’s win.
PASS RUSH DELIVERS – They got the scoring started on Sunday and also ended the game. Behind multi-sack games from Kendall Langford, Robert Mathis and T.Y. McGill, the Colts combined for six sacks on Sunday. McGill’s first quarter safety and Mathis’ fourth-down sack to end the game were the highlights.
ANY HOPE? – If Denver beats Cincinnati on Monday, the Colts will keep their miniscule playoff hopes alive for one final week. Yet, for the Colts to earn a postseason berth, they will need potentially 10 of the 16 games next week to go their way. Not great odds for the 7-8 Colts.
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