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Anatomy of the Drives: Broncos Edition

Posted Oct 22, 2013

Each week Colts.com will take a look at the Colts touchdown drives. For this week, here's a look at the Colts four offensive touchdown drives from the 39-33 win over the Broncos.



Darrius Heyward-Bey’s 11-yard touchdown catch

The scene:
Down 7-3, the Colts took over at the Denver 11-yard line with 1:27 left in the 1st quarter.

The anatomy of the drive:
1 play, for 11 yards in 0:07.

Key play:
The Colts first touchdown drive was set up via a special teams turnover. On Pat McAfee’s 54-yard punt, Stanley Havili lined up on the right end of the line of scrimmage and sprinted towards the Denver sideline (staying in his lane) following McAfee’s punt. In respect to keep Denver punt returner Trindon Holiday neutralized, Havili showed great discipline and forced the fumble as Holiday was falling out of bounds. The ball spiraled back into the playing field and there was Sergio Brown to recover the fumble.

The score:
With the Broncos defense having to go back onto the field, Pep Hamilton showed some creativity on the first snap after the turnover. The Colts lined up in an I-formation with Darrius Heyward-Bey and Reggie Wayne (slot) to the wide side of the field (left side). DHB came in motion at the snap, with the appearance of a reverse, which caused major confusion in the Broncos secondary. At the snap, Luck faked a handoff to Trent Richardson while DHB reversed field back to where he lined up. Luck found a wide open DHB in the flat and thanks to a nice block by Wayne, DHB virtually walked into the end zone for his first score as a member of the Colts.

Stanley Havili’s 20-yard touchdown catch

The scene:
Down 14-12, the Colts took over at their own 34-yard line with 8:52 left in the 2nd quarter.

The anatomy of the drive:
7 plays, for 66 yards in 3:02.

Key play:
Following Robert Mathis’ safety, the Colts offense continued the momentum. A key play came with the Colts facing a third-and-11 from the Denver 39-yard line. It looked like the Colts would have a decision to make in no man’s land on this third down attempt. However, Andrew Luck took matters into his own hands scrambling for a first down by breaking a pair of tackles and bouncing off Von Miller’s tackle attempt to stretch for the first down. Luck is now 7-for-7 in running for first downs on third down plays this season.

The score:
The Colts faced a third-and-two from the Denver 20-yard line and brought Havili in motion to the right as tight ends Jack Doyle and Coby Fleener lined up on the left side of the line of scrimmage. Havili released easily into the right flat at the snap and Luck found him for what appeared to be a first down conversion. However, the Broncos had virtually no one in the right flat and Havili ran into the end zone for his first receiving touchdown of his NFL career.

Coby Fleener’s eight-yard touchdown catch

The scene:
Leading 19-14, the Colts took over at midfield with 1:35 left in the second quarter.

The anatomy of the drive:
6 plays, for 50 yards in 1:25.

Key play:
The great field position was set up after the Colts defense forced a Denver three-and-out in a 16-second drive. The key play for the Colts came on a 21-yard completion to Fleener on a first-and-ten from the Denver 38-yard line. Luck stepped up into the pocket and slid to his right for yet another play that was made thanks to the quarterback’s pocket presence. Fleener did a great job of staying active over the middle of the field and made himself available to Luck for the completion.

The score:
With just one timeout left, the Colts hurried up to the line for a third-and-one at the Denver eight-yard line with the clock ticking under 20 seconds. Denver seemed a bit confused and Luck took advantage with a quick pass to Fleener to the short side of the field. Similar to the Havili touchdown, Fleener had plenty of open field in front of him and got into the end zone with relative ease.

Andrew Luck’s 10-yard touchdown run


The scene:
Leading 26-14, the Colts took over at the Denver 41-yard line with 6:49 left in the third quarter.

The anatomy of the drive:
4 plays, for 41 yards in 1:49.

Key play:
Another three-and-out, along with a Denver penalty on fourth down, set the Colts up with more great field position. On a second-and-eight from the Denver 39-yard line, Reggie Wayne caught what would be his final catch of the 2013 season. Luck fired a bullet in the direction of Wayne and No. 87 extended for the 11-yard reception, his fifth catch for 50 yards on the evening.

The score:
Two plays later the Colts faced a second-and-six from the Broncos 10-yard line. On a shotgun snap, Luck once again rolled to his right but continued to keep his eyes down field. Luck’s threat to throw kept the Denver secondary from leaving the end zone, which allowed Luck to turn up field. Thanks to another great “box out” block from Wayne, Luck got into the end zone. Luck now has eight rushing touchdowns in the last two seasons, which ranks him second in the NFL among all quarterbacks.


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