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Anatomy of the Drives: Chiefs Edition

Posted Dec 24, 2013

Each week Colts.com will take a look at the Colts touchdown drives. For this week, here’s a look at the two offensive touchdown drives in the Colts 23-7 win over the Chiefs.



Donald Brown’s 33-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Luck

The scene:
Down 7-3, the Colts took over at the Chiefs 33-yard line with 9:39 to go in the second quarter.

The anatomy of the drive:
2 plays, for 33 yards in 0:16.

Key play:
The key play on this touchdown drive comes from the defense. On a second-and-10 from the Chiefs 31-yard line, Kansas City running back Knile Davis coughed up the football and Cory Redding pounced on the loose ball. The forced fumble was credited to Robert Mathis but Jerrell Freeman was also in on the play.

The score:
Two plays later the Colts faced their own second-and-10 from the Chiefs 33-yard line. In a shotgun set, Donald Brown lined up to the right of Andrew Luck. All three Colts receivers and Coby Fleener went out for routes with the four all running patterns to the left side of the field. Brown appeared to stay in and block but after helping out on Chiefs defensive end Tyson Jackson, the veteran running back slipped into the flat. Luck went through his progressions before finding Brown wide open. Thanks to a down the field block from Fleener, Brown tiptoed down the sideline for the touchdown reception.

Donald Brown’s 51-yard touchdown run from Andrew Luck

The scene:
Leading 13-7, the Colts took over at the their own 44-yard line with 13:52 to go in the third quarter.

The anatomy of the drive:
2 plays, for 56 yards in 0:57.

Key play:
Just like the Colts first touchdown, the key play on this drive came via the defense. With the Chiefs facing a third-and-16 from their own 44-yard line, Robert Mathis added another highlight to his Defensive Player of the Year resume. Mathis beat No. 1 pick Eric Fisher and knocked the ball from the hands of Smith. The ball floated down the middle of the field and inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman caught the pop fly.

The score:
Three plays after the turnover, the Colts faced a first-and-10 from the Indianapolis 49-yard line. It was once again a shotgun formation with multiple receivers and Brown to the right of Luck. Reserve tight end Jack Doyle motioned into the backfield and lined up to the left of Luck. On the snap, left guard Xavier Nixon pulled to the right and Luck gave a delayed handoff to Brown. Thanks to perfect blocks from Nixon, Doyle and wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers, the hole was wide open for the speedy Brown. From there, Brown showcased that speed and avoided down the field tackles by Dunta Robinson and Kendrick Lewis to get into the end zone.


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