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Mo’ Better (Visits) Blue(s)

Posted by craigkelleycolts on November 15, 2013 – 3:33 pm

Down 17-3 and having been out-scored 69-6 in the first halves of the last three games, the Colts captured something that led to another comeback win, this time at Tennessee, 30-27.

That something was ‘Mo’ – momentum.

It started on a 68-yard drive in the final 2:32 of the first half when the Colts navigated for an Adam Vinatieri 30-yard field goal at the gun.

Andrew Luck found rhythm (a cousin of ‘Mo’) on the drive by connecting with six different receivers on the march, good for 62 yards.  A third-down interference call extended the drive early on – ‘Mo.’

“You can feel it,” said Luck.  “We wish we didn’t have to rely on momentum to do that, but it’s a part of sports.  It’s a weird phenomenon.  You could feel it.”

An 18-year veteran, Vinatieri can sense intangibles, and he felt it when the club narrowed its halftime deficit to 17-6.

“It was important to get the momentum back,” said Vinatieri.  “To put it back to 11 for some reason feels better.”

The Colts shaved the margin closer with a 74-yard march where Luck converted third downs with passes to T.Y. Hilton and Griff Whalen.  He even scrambled 13 yards for a first down.

To close the final 14 yards of the march, Luck connected with Hilton for eight yards, then Donald Brown burst off left tackle for the score.

“You kind of feel it,” said Hilton.  “We’ve been down that road time and time again.  Once we start to click……”

The ball came out on the ensuing kickoff return and special teamer Daniel Herron made a play.

“The wedge was coming to me,” said Herron.  “The next thing I know, I turned around and the ball was right there.  Right place, right time.”

Pat Angerer notice how ‘Mo’ visited a number of teammates.

“Yeah, it’s just one guy making a play after another,” said Angerer.  “We never get down.”

Be it Luck, luck, the horseshoe or ‘Mo,’ it’s better to have than not.

“Credit these guys,” said Chuck Pagano.  “They find a way.  We just gained momentum and held on.”


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Will Hilton and Whalen continue to receive the bulk of third-down targets?

Posted by Kevin Bowen on November 6, 2013 – 9:41 am

Reggie Wayne’s loss has been analyzed in about every aspect.

One of the main areas that people focused on with Wayne’s loss is where Andrew Luck would turn to on third-down.

It’s no secret Wayne was Luck’s “security blanket” and the Colts signal caller would have to look elsewhere to sustain drives.

The Colts had 13 third downs on Sunday with Luck dropping back to pass on 12 of those occasions (Luck had 11 pass attempts, was sacked once and Donald Brown had one rush attempt).

Against the league’s top pass defense, Luck was 5-of-11 for 50 yards (4 first downs) and a touchdown on third-down. He had an 89.2 quarterback rating on third-down.

Here’s a breakdown of those attempts:

  • T.Y. Hilton’s targets-Hilton was the most frequent target on third-down with five targets including two second-half completions (one that went for a 10-yard touchdown). Hilton bounced back from an early drop with some important catches down the stretch and one would have to imagine the defensive attention will only increase towards No. 13 on the third downs.
  • Griff Whalen’s targets-Whalen was similar to Hilton in his number of targets on third-down with Luck turning towards his college roommate in times of duress. Whalen’s 17-yard catch on the eventual game winning touchdown drive came from a clean pocket for Luck. Whalen was lined up on Houston’s nickel cornerback on many third downs, another reason for his four targets on those downs.
  • Other targets-Luck only targeted Darrius Heyward-Bey once (DHB missed the entire 4th quarter due to injury) and many other times Luck was under intense pressure which forced some balls into crowded coverage. Moving forward, the attention that Hilton receives from opposing defenses will greatly impact the targets for Coby Fleener and DHB on third-down.

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Colts Daily Headlines: November 6th Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 8:38 am

The Colts will head back onto the practice field this afternoon in preparation for the St. Louis Rams. Today’s news looks at hazing around the NFL and the extra attention Colts receivers will be receiving with T.Y. Hilton’s stellar play.

Take a look below at the top pieces from Wednesday, November 6th.

Indianapolis Colts LB Erik Walden on hazing: ‘We have a no-nonsense policy’

By: Stephen Holder, Indy Star

With the hazing news around the Miami Dolphins locker room, talk is around the NFL on whether this is prevalent with other teams.

It occurs in every NFL locker room — yes, even with the Indianapolis Colts. But here in Indy, there are a few, well, subtle differences from the despicable accusations being levied against Miami guard Richie Incognito for his treatment of teammate Jonathan Martin.

If you’re a rookie here, you had better not forget the sunflower seeds. That’s a must. And you’d be wise to carry veterans’ helmets and shoulder pads to the locker room after practice.

But that’s as deep as it gets in the Colts’ locker room, according to players and coaches. More troublesome hazing has long been considered off limits, going back to at least to the earliest days of former coach Tony Dungy, who was hired in 2002.

“Nothing to the extreme where you have a person pulling a no-show, messing with their confidence or anything of that nature,” outside linebacker Erik Walden said. “I don’t really (believe) in that.

“(We have) a no-nonsense policy. We don’t feel like we have to do that to your younger players to get a point across.”

Who’s going to help T.Y. Hilton at receiver?

By: Mike Wells, AFC South Blog

After a second-half to remember, the attention will certainly grow for T.Y. Hilton.

How will that affect the rest of the Colts receivers?

Things aren’t going to get easier for Hilton. He’ll likely start seeing some double teams as opponents try to slow him down.

That comes with success.

“Everybody else’s game has got to pick up because [teams are] going to find ways to not let [Hilton] wreck the game,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. “We know that and certainly our opponents are going to do everything they can to make sure he doesn’t have seven catches for 121 yards and three touchdowns.”

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T.Y. Hilton takes Reggie Wayne’s halftime message to heart

Posted by Kevin Bowen on November 4, 2013 – 1:55 pm

As T.Y. Hilton walked into the Colts locker room at halftime on Sunday night, his “big brother” wanted to have a few words with him.

Hilton had one catch for six yards in the first half and a third-down drop was eating at the second-year receiver.  temp2013_1103_HOU_3922--nfl_mezz_1280_1024

Reggie Wayne pulled the young receiver aside for a message.

“(Wayne) looked me in the eyes and told me, “You owe me one, man. Just go out there and do what you do best, just go out there and have fun,” Hilton said on Monday recalling the story.

Hilton’s definition of “fun” turned out to be six catches for 115 yards and a career-high three touchdowns.

When Wayne went down, the popular consensus was that his production would not come from one particular individual but rather a group of receivers.

Yet, on Sunday night there was Hilton carving up the Texans secondary in helping the Colts erase a three-score deficit.

As the final gun sounded and Hilton jogged off the Reliant Stadium field on Sunday night, he knew who was waiting for him when he entered the visiting locker room.

“After the game (Wayne) said, “Now that’s what I’m talking about. That’s what I’m talking about.” We just kind of took that moment in,” Hilton said of their locker room interaction.

The attention towards Hilton will only grow in the coming weeks as his ability to change the game with a single touch must be accounted for by opposing defenses.

For one night it might not have been a “committee” that replaced No. 87, but Hilton did his best to carry out Wayne’s halftime wish.

“I got a lot of faith and a lot of trust in those guys to make the plays. Griff (Whalen) had a big catch on third down and (Coby) Fleener made a great catch on the two-point conversion. So I feel like we’ll continue to step up and continue to play as a group and we should be good.”

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Pep Hamilton’s bye week plans took a bit of a turn when Reggie Wayne went down

Posted by Kevin Bowen on November 1, 2013 – 3:00 pm

Pep Hamilton wasn’t expecting to spend his bye week in this fashion.

Instead of reviewing film of the first two months of the season and getting a head start on the Houston Texans, Hamilton also dealt with the task of preparing for life without Reggie Wayne.

“It’s one of the harsh realities of the National Football League. It was tough to say the least,” Hamilton said of Wayne’s absence.

“We feel like we got to find ways, even if it’s by committee, to continue to move the ball and continue to move the ball in the passing game and be effective as a passing offense without Reggie. Andrew (Luck) had a tremendous amount of trust in Reggie and knowing that Reggie would get to the spot and ultimately that Reggie would make the play. We feel like we’ve got some other guys that are very capable of stepping in and making plays for us.”

Another area that Hamilton focused on during the bye week was creating more chances for new running back Trent Richardson.

Without Wayne, Hamilton knows that more attention will move towards opponents stopping the Colts run game.

“I have to do a better job of coming up with schemes that not only give our offensive line a chance to be successful, but of course to create holes for Trent. Create schemes that complement his wealth of talent,” Hamilton said on Thursday.

“That’s one of the things that we spent time as an offensive staff just looking at during the bye week. Finding ways to better feature our playmakers. Not just Trent, but Donald (Brown) and T.Y. (Hilton) and DHB (Darrius Heyward-Bey) and Coby Fleener and Stanley Havili for that matter. But yes, I have to do a better job of finding ways to get Trent out in space.”

The last time Wayne missed a game with the Colts, Hamilton was a 27-year old offensive coordinator at Howard University, his alma mater.

His game plans for the rest of 2013 won’t include No. 87 but that doesn’t change the goals for this offense.

“We feel like even up until this point we’ve been an offense by committee. We’ve had a lot of different guys step up and make plays for us,” Hamilton said.

“We just know moving forward that it’s the next man up. DHB (Darrius Heyward-Bey), T.Y. (Hilton), some of the younger guys that may get an opportunity to go in there and make plays for us in the passing game. Somebody is going to have to step up and make the plays.”

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Clyde Christensen talks about the loss of Reggie Wayne and the impact for Andrew Luck, Colts offense

Posted by Kevin Bowen on October 29, 2013 – 8:41 am

Clyde Christensen is the longest tenured coach of the Colts coaching staff.

Entering his 12th season with the Colts, Christensen was the team’s receivers coach from 2002-2009.

Reggie Wayne was a pupil under Christensen during that stretch and No. 87 earned four straight Pro Bowl appearances.

Christensen, now the Colts quarterbacks coach, knows maybe better than any Colts coach what the loss of Wayne means to the offense.

“You can’t replace Reg,” Christensen said last week. “It’s kind of your security blanket. When all heck is breaking loose, you know where Reg is going to be.”

“I’ve been here 12 years and I’m probably the most shocked of anybody because I’ve never seen him miss a game, very seldom seen him miss a snap of practice. He’s been such a warrior.”

That security blanket has nine third-down conversions in 2013, which is more than double of any Colts receiving target.temp2013_1016_colts_1326--nfl_mezz_1280_1024

Christensen used an interesting analogy describing the loss of Wayne from Andrew Luck’s standpoint.

“We’ve all had a kid and we’re (now) taking your favorite animal. You’re 13 now. You got to grow up and go,” Christensen said. “So it’s going to have to be the same thing. Some folks are going to have to step up. We have to keep the same level of consistency that (Wayne) brought.”

Over the past dozen years, Christensen has watched Wayne grow into one of the game’s all-time receivers.

Yet, it’s the impact that Wayne has had away from the gridiron that has Christensen ready for the second half of the season.

“You see the effects of being in the room with Reggie (Wayne) and T.Y.’s game and how it’s stepped up and how consistent he’s become and that has to permeate through the whole unit and certainly the receiver room,” Christensen said.

“He gives the team a mentality of how you have to play this game, of how important it is to practice, how important it is to just keep grinding. So now we got to take it and go. Some guys got to step up and we’ve got some good young guys who are going to do that.”

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Colts Daily Headlines: October 11th Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on October 11, 2013 – 8:27 am

While the normal work week will wrap up this evening, the Colts will be hitting the practice field again tomorrow. Today’s news looks at Andrew Luck making his Monday Night Football debut and the emergence of T.Y. Hilton.

Take a look below at the top pieces from Friday, October 11th.  

Bob Kravitz: National TV audience should finally get to see Colts’ Andrew Luck in all his glory

By: Bob Kravitz, Indy Star

Kravitz’s Friday column looks at what the national audience will see Monday night as the Colts make their prime time debut.

Here is what they will see, besides a young man who has become the ultimate winner in this league, leading the Colts to victories in 15 of his first 21 regular-season games: They will see a player who has distanced himself from his rookie quarterback class, who has moved to the top of the list when compared to Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson, Ryan Tannehill and third-year player Colin Kaepernick.

If there was any question over who was the best of all the young guns last year — and RGIII won the Rookie of the Year — there’s no question now. Unless you’re ESPN’s Skip Bayless, who still thinks Tim Tebow is heaven’s gift to quarterbacking.

“There is no young quarterback better than Andrew Luck,” ESPN analyst Cris Carter said this week on “Mike and Mike.”

Colts notes: Receiver T.Y. Hilton no longer being underutilized

By: Stephen Holder, Indy Star

Early in the season, the questions came on why T.Y. Hilton wasn’t seeing more offensive snaps.

That notion has certainly changed after Hilton set a career-high with 140 receiving yards last Sunday.

Hilton said a big reason he has been so good — with two 100-yard games in five outings — is because he has gained valuable experience now that he is in his second season.

“The game is slowing down for me,” Hilton said. “And I finally had an offseason with Andrew (Luck).”

But there’s also something else at work here. The Colts’ revamped offense, though less aggressive under first-year coordinator Pep Hamilton than Bruce Arians, appears to be creating some opportunities down the field.

“It’s been a lot more,” Hilton said. “You hit some, you miss some. But right now we’re doing a good job of hitting them when we have a chance. And Trent (Richardson) is doing a great job of setting it up with the play-action pass. We’re sticking with the run and being well-balanced.”


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Pagano talks win over Seattle, home crowd, and the contributions of Hilton/Mathis on weekly radio show

Posted by Kevin Bowen on October 8, 2013 – 12:00 pm

With the regular season back in action, the Chuck Pagano show returns hosted by ‘Voice of the Colts’ Bob Lamey on Monday nights.

Here’s some of the highlights from Pagano’s show on Monday night following the Colts 34-28 win over the Seahawks:

On how the Colts pulled it off on Sunday:

“We knew it was going to be a 15-round heavyweight fight so to speak. We made a huge emphasis, we knew this team was outscoring their opponents 44-7 in the fourth quarter and we were outscoring our opponents 24-7 in the fourth quarter and we knew if we got it late in the fourth quarter, we had to win that quarter. Once again our guys came through and I think we outscored them 11-0 in the fourth and held the ball for over 12 (12:11) minutes. That was really the difference in the ball game.”

On the crowd at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday:

“It was great the whole ball game but that last series for them, that place was deafening. Again, I can’t thank our fans enough. They made a huge difference. Again, we talked about the timeout situation and them not having any. I don’t know what you point a finger on but they play a hand in that. They didn’t have any timeouts because they had to burn them. Them not having any timeouts at the end of the game makes a huge difference.”

On T.Y.’s Hilton’s 73-yard touchdown late in the first quarter:

“We hadn’t really taken a shot so to speak down the field. They were obviously loading the box. I think we had just gotten a first down. I think it was our first first down. They got cover corners, a great free safety, all that sort of stuff but we tried to loosen them up a little bit because of them playing eight in the box. A great call by our offensive guys and Pep (Hamilton) and T.Y. ran a great route. I think Andrew got rid of the ball just in time. I think he took a little bit of a shot on the play and put it right on the money and then the run after the catch was unbelievable.”

On Robert Mathis becoming the 30th player in NFL history to reach the 100-sack plateau:

“Unbelievable. To reach that mark is a testament Robert’s work ethic, his character, his integrity. We said last night in the locker room, he’s a pro’s pro, a man’s man. If I had a son, I would want him to be just like Robert. He does all the right things and he’s just a great football player, but he’s a better person and I couldn’t be happier for Robert.”

On the Colts play during the 2nd half the past few weeks:

“I think it comes down to these guys prepare really well. These guys practice hard. We try to push each other. They push each other in practice so the game actually slows down for them. It’s a little bit easier. From a preparation standpoint, that’s huge. Our guys just stick to the process. They don’t get away from the things that help you win ball games, help you extend drives, help you get off the field on third downs. They seem to get stronger as the game goes longer.

On the Colts defense and how they are continuing to grow:

“I think these guys are just starting to scratch the surface to be honest with you. They’ve put the time in. They are going about their business the right way. They prepare. They work hard at practice. They are becoming more familiar with the defense, the terminology and are trusting of one another, playing together, doing their job and taking care of their business. They love playing. We have a bunch of guys out there that love playing football. They love getting after you. They have the right mindset. They play with the right physicality that you need to play with. They love winning and they love beating guys down. We have an aggressive group and hopefully we can keep going in the right direction.”

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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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Five Things Learned, Seattle-Colts

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INDIANAPOLIS – In Sunday’s 34-28 win over Seattle, Indianapolis snapped 60 offensive plays.  After only nine, the Colts were staring adversity squarely in the face.

Those opening plays gained nine yards and no first downs, and Pat McAfee’s third punt was blocked through the end zone.  Undefeated Seattle led, 12-0.

Antoine Bethea motioned teammates together on the sideline to deliver a message.  Indianapolis forced a three-and-out, then scored two quick touchdowns for a 14-12 lead.

After Seattle countered by taking a 25-17 advantage in the third quarter, the Colts scored 17 points and snuffed out two late drives to earn a comeback victory over a team that had won nine straight games.

The victory was the ninth comeback triumph in 21 outings under Chuck Pagano.  It placed the Colts alone atop the AFC South five games into the season.


GRIT BEATS RABBITS – A heavyweight fight is not determined when one boxer pulls a rabbit out of the hat.  It happens when he reaches inside and finds the extra something that has put him in the ring.  The Colts have been relevant under Chuck Pagano, jumping nine games in the standings a year ago and now sitting among AFC leaders and on top of their division at 4-1.  Pagano had his players at halftime, down 19-17, say they would run and tackle better in the second half.  Eighty of 109 rushing yards followed, and the Colts defensively halved the Seahawks’ first-half ground total in the last 30 minutes.  Holding Seattle to three field goals (the second with a defensive stand in Indianapolis territory after a turnover) was key, as were two late stops.  The offense responded with 86- and 42-yard drives for 11 fourth-quarter points to earn the win.  A true prize fight has both boxers landing blows.  The one who summons the most wins.  Out-pointed in early rounds, the Colts rose again with play from three units.  “Nobody’s built better to win these close games, especially in the fourth quarter, than this team,” said Pagano.  “(It’s) character, resiliency, toughness, grit, never quit, belief, faith.  We’ve got something special.”

HILTON IS CENTRAL ELEMENT – Four plays after falling behind 12-0, T.Y. Hilton was in the end zone with a 73-yard grab (32 yards coming after the catch).  On third-and-22 from the seven six minutes before the half, Hilton was interfered with and the Colts had 39 penalty yards.  Hilton then had a 13-yard reception to convert another third down, leading to a half-ending field goal.  Hilton’s lone third-quarter reception was a 29-yard TD strike.  Early on the fourth-quarter 86-yard scoring drive, Andrew Luck targeted Hilton on third-and-10 from the 25.  Interference, 16 yards. On second-and-11 from the 40, Hilton had a 13-yard catch.  On third-and-eight from the Seattle 45, Luck found Hilton again for 12 more clutch yards.  That was the last time Hilton was targeted, and he had done an afternoon’s work.  On six targeted times, he had five receptions for 140 yards and two scores, his seventh 100-plus outing.  Two penalties added 55 more yards, coming on drives that accounted for 11 points.  Well done, #13.

FREEMAN FACTOR – Jerrell Freeman has been a disruptive presence all season.  Strip-sacks against Miami and San Francisco made him the first Colts linebacker since 2004 not named Dwight Freeney or Robert Mathis to have quarterback takedowns in consecutive games.  The mobile Freeman tracked down Russell Wilson for no gain on third-and-two with seven minutes to go.  The Colts were clinging to a 31-28 lead that was in doubt.  Up 34-28, Freeman rushed Wilson into an interception with 1:23 left.  Game-set-match, or, according to Reggie Wayne, “Ding, ding,” the bout was over and the referee held up the Colts’ hand.  Either way, Freeman has had a telling hand in many plays.  This is not something truly learned, just something cited as contributing factors in a big-time win.

A FEW GOOD MEN – Pagano has his men believing that every one of them can make a difference.  Take bows Delano Howell and Lawrence Guy.  Howell has started twice in place of LaRon Landry.  He has made plays before, but his 61-yard return of a blocked field goal was a huge comeback impetus.  The person who triggered it was Guy, who was signed recently to add depth to a thin defensive line.  Howell had the eye candy with a great return (the third-longest in club history off a blocked field goal), but Guy provided the grit.  Neither player garners a great deal of spotlight, but both’s professionalism created a big play Sunday against a team that excels on specialty units and against a kicker whose first miss of the year resulted in points for the opponent.  While we’re at it, bow yourself Tom McMahon.

NO JUDGES – After two blowout wins by a 64-10 combined margin, the Colts were on the ropes down 12 and with a Seattle offense that had knifed for two scores and 92 yards on 13 snaps.  Seattle would land more haymakers and Indianapolis would have to rally from behind most of the day.  It did so on the one-year anniversary of the 30-27 comeback victory over Green Bay.  That day a year ago was one of the most compelling in the club’s Indianapolis era, with its head coach in a hospital battling leukemia.  Pagano was present Sunday to marshal another special victory.  Outsiders tend to tune out themes used by coaches.  Pagano’s players don’t.  They live the themes and play them out on Sundays.  It would have been easy to fold under pressure and deficits yesterday, but the Colts didn’t.  Fans now have first place team (with 11 challenges ahead), one that hangs together.

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