INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts won on Sunday, but they also saw their 2015 season come to a close.
With Houston beating the Jaguars 30-6 on Sunday afternoon, the Texans (9-7) won the AFC South by one game over the Colts (8-8).
Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.
NO PLAYOFFS – For just the third time in the last 17 years, the Colts will sit and watch during the playoffs. Houston’s win on Sunday gave them the division title by one-game over the Colts. Indianapolis will point to back-to-back December, divisional losses to Jacksonville and Houston as to when division control was lost.
ONE FINAL WIN – The Colts did win 30-24 on Sunday afternoon over the Titans. They salvaged an 8-8 season which is saying something considering everything they dealt with at the NFL’s most important position. The Colts were 6-3 in games started by Matt Hasselbeck and Josh Freeman this season.
BACKUP QUARTERBACKS DELIVER – Not enough can be said about the performances of Josh Freeman and Ryan Lindley form Sunday. The duo combined to go 21-of-38 for 207 yards and two touchdowns. Neither guy was in the NFL this season and didn’t even join the Colts until early last week. The coaching staff devised a game plan to successfully incorporate both of them.
GORE FALLS SHORT – Frank Gore fell 33 yards short of 1,000 on the season. It marked the first time in Gore’s 11 seasons he hasn’t reached the century-mark in a healthy campaign. Gore did average 4.0 yards per carry on Sunday, an impressive number with loaded boxes all afternoon.
WHAT’S NEXT? – Chuck Pagano will meet with Jim Irsay on Monday morning and a decision should come then on the future at head coach. The last two times the Colts missed the playoffs (2001, 2011), they made a change at head coach following those seasons.
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