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Colts-Cardinals Game Report

Posted Nov 24, 2013

Colts-Cardinals Game Report




THIRD QUARTER UPDATE

 

Mendenhall was caught for a two-yard loss on first down, but Palmer hit Floyd for a first down to the Arizona 46.  Mendenall ran off the right side for two yards, then Ellington gained four yards.  Ellington had a 13-yard reception to the 35.  Palmer and Fitzgerald missed deep on first down.  After a holding call, Palmer threw high to Roberts.  On third down, Francois took Palmer down for his second sack in the game as the quarter ended.

 

Reed returned the kickoff to the Colts’ 31.  Luck and Weslye Saunders did not connect on a long slant route to start the drive.  Brown was caught for a two-yard loss on a second-down pass.  Luck and Fleener missed on third down.  McAfee punted 54 yards and after a 12-yard Peterson return, Arizona started at its 29.

 

With 11:08 left in the period, Mendenhall ran for two yards, then Ellington was stopped for no gain.  Palmer hit Jaron Brown for 16 yards and a first down at the Indianapolis 46.  Mendenhall gained one yard on a rush, then Ellington was caught for a five-yard loss.  Palmer and Floyd picked up 14 yards and a first down with a sideline completion.  Mendenhall ran for two yards on first down.  Palmer hit Floyd for nine yards and first down to the Colts’ 25.  Palmer and Fitzgerald missed on a slant route in the end zone.  Palmer and Jim Dray missed on a short route to bring up third-and-10 from the 25.  Vontae Davis was flagged for interference at the Colts’ five.  Mendenhall swept in for the score.  Arizona 34, Colts 3. 

 

Reed returned the half-opening kickoff to the Colts’ 24.  Hilton took a short screen pass for five yards.  In the no-huddle, Luck hit Richardson for three yards.  On third-and-two, Luck and Fleener connected for a first down to the Colts’ 42, 10 yards.  Luck and DHB hit for eight yards on first down, moving to midfield.  Luck was sacked to bring up a third-and-six.  Luck and LaVon Brazill hit on a slant pattern for 14 yards and a first down.  Luck and DHB worked for short yardage on first down, then missed Reed deep near the Cardinals’ goal-line.  On third-and-six, Reed could not snare Luck’s pass on an in-route.  On fourth-and-six, Luck and Brazill missed on an in-route. 

 

SECOND QUARTER UPDATE

 

Fitzgerald threw the ball away on an aborted reverse.  Fitzgerald caught a short pass in the flat and was caught for a three-yard loss by Antoine Bethea and Cassius Vaughn.  Palmer and Fitzgerald converted the first down with a completion to the Colts’ 39.  Palmer hit Alfonso Smith for seven yards, then Bethea broke up a seam route to Fitzgerald.  On third-and-three Werner stopped a shuffle pass as the Colts bottled up Arizona to force a field goal.  Feely hit a 50-yard field goal to end the half.  Arizona 27, Colts 3.

 

Luck’s first-down pass was batted in the air and caught by Samson Satele for no gain.  Luck and Fleener could not hit on a second-down pass.  On third-and-10, Luck hit Hilton for short yardage and Hilton could not get the first down as the clock hit the two-minute warning.  McAfee punted 45 yards to the 38, and Peterson returned the kick to the 49.

 

Mendenhall gained nothing on a first-down rush.  Palmer hit Floyd on a sideline route and after breaking a tackle, Arizona had a first down on its 46.  Ricky Jean Francois sacked Palmer on first down.  On second-and-18, Ellington ran a delayed draw to the left and on second effort gained 17 yards.  Ellington was halted on third-and-one by Mathis.  Dave Zastudil punted to the Colts’ 12, forcing a fair catch.

 

David Reed, trying to provide a spark, returned the kickoff to the 16.  From the shotgun, Luck hit Hilton on a screen to the right for five yards.  Brown ran for short yardage left on a delayed draw.  On third-and-four, Luck missed connections with DHB on an in-route.  McAfee punted 45 yards to the Arizona 33.

 

Luck from his 20 had to scramble left and he threw the ball away on first down.  From the shotgun, Luck was hit as he threw on second down and Karlos Dansby intercepted the pass and returned it 22 yards for a touchdown.  Arizona 24, Colts 3.

 

After a false start moved Arizona to its 27, Ellington ran right for four yards.  Palmer hit Housler to bring up a third-and-five.  Palmer connected with Andre Robert for a first down at the 45, plus the Colts were flagged for a personal foul.  From the Colts’ 40, Ellington ran up the gut for four yards.  Palmer eluded pressure and hit Floyd for a first down to the Colts’ 25, 11 yards.  Fitzgerald dropped a quick slant pass on first down.  A quick screen to Roberts was stopped for a three yards game by Davis.  On third-and-seven, Mathis had a strip-sack of Palmer to end the offensive possession.  Feely hit a 48-yard field goal.  Arizona 17, Colts 3.

 

Hilton has a shoulder injury but looks to return.

 

Starting from the 20, Donald Brown ran for no gain.  Luck on second down missed T.Y. Hilton deep down the right sideline.  On third-and-10, Luck in the shotgun and was hit when throwing to Fleener.  The Cardinals defensed the pass, forcing the Colts’ second three-and-out.  McAfee punted 38 yards to the Cardinals’ 42.  After a 10-yard holding penalty, Arizona started at its 32.

 

Fitzgerald gained four yards on first down, then Palmer hit Michael Floyd for 29 yards to the Colts’ 26, with Vontae Davis in coverage.  Palmer stood in the pocket and waited for Fitzgerald to break free in the end zone, and the duo clicked for a 26-yard score.  Arizona 14, Colts 3.

 

FIRST QUARTER UPDATE

 

Starting from the 20, Mendenhall ran for eight yards off the right side.  Mendenhall ran right again to get a first down at the 41, 13 yards.

 

From his 20, Luck hit Coby Fleener on a short slant route for 16 yards.  Luck hit Justice Cunningham for four yards on a sideline route.  Richardson ran for eight yards off the left side for a first down.  Arizona was caught holding on a Luck pass attempt.  Richardson ran for a yard, then Luck hit Hilton for a first down to the Arizona 34.  Luck targeted Hilton deep and Arizona interfered with him at the Cardinals’ 10.  Richardson tried the middle for one yard.  Luck looked for Darrius Heyward-Bey (DHB) in the end zone, but coverage forced an overthrow.  On third-and-goal from the nine, Luck in the shotgun bought time with a scramble left but could find no receiver.  Adam Vinatieri hit a 27-yard field goal to end the drive.  Arizona 7, Colts 3.

 

Palmer on first down hit Mendenhall on and screen pass, and he evaded two tackles to reach the 48, 24 yards.  Arizona targeted Ellington down the hash, and he interfered with.  The penalty moved Arizona to the Colts’ 28.  Stepfan Taylor gained three yards on a first-down rush, then Ellington burst for 13 yards to the 12.  On a reverse, Patrick Peterson was nailed after two yards.  From the shotgun, Palmer missed Fitzgerald in the end zone.  Palmer’s third down pass was defensed by Bjoern Werner.  Feely’s 28-yard field goal was blocked by Sergio Brown.

 

After a touchback, Andrew Luck’s first pass to T.Y. Hilton was defended by Patrick Peterson.  Trent Richardson ran off left tackle for two yards.  On third-and-eight in the shotgun, Luck had to evade pressure and gained three yards on a scramble.  Pat McAfee punted 41 yards, and Arizona was penalized on the return, putting the Cardinals at their 24.

 

After a game-opening touchback, Rashard Mendenhall gained three yards off left tackle.  Mendenhall bounced off right tackle for 15 yards to the 38.  Carson Palmer escaped pressure on his first attempt and was almost picked off by Vontae Davis.  After a false start, Palmer hit Rob Housler on a TE screen for 15 yards and a first down.  Andre Ellington gained four yards off right tackle, then Michael Floyd picked up a first down off a crossing route.  Housler had a 20-yard reception to the Colts’ 19.  Ellington gained three yards off the right side, then burst outside right again getting positive yards to the Colts’ four.  Palmer finished the drive quickly by hitting Larry Fitzgerald for the score.  Arizona had no third downs on the drive.  Arizona 7, Colts 0. 

 

Indianapolis won the coin toss and deferred.  Arizona will receive.

 

COLTS PRE-GAME REPORT

 

 

COLTS GAME-DAY DEACTIVATIONS:

 

WR-Da’Rick Rogers

RB-Chris Rainey

CB-Greg Toler

FB-Stanley Havili

LB-Kavell Conner

OG-Khaled Holmes

DT-Montori Hughes

 

 

EXPECTED LINEUP CHANGES FOR COLTS:

 

Cassius Vaughn at LCB for Greg Toler.

Jack Doyle at FB/HB for Stanley Havili.

COLTS PRE-GAME NOTES:

Bethea True Leader, Hero

 

Intro:  Antoine Bethea easily is one of the most significant Colts in the club’s Indianapolis era.  The eighth-year veteran is the NFL leader among safeties with 90 consecutive starts, but the safety with 888 career tackles makes an impact far beyond the field.  For that reason, Bethea is the club’s 2013 winner of “Man of the Year.”

                   

INDIANAPOLIS – To say Antoine Bethea came out of the pack to be a true leader and hero is no embellishment.

 

A sixth-round 2006 draft pick from Howard, Bethea had three interceptions on the first day of rookie camp, showing all Colts on-lookers they had a budding star.

 

So good was Bethea that he started 18 games as a rookie, four coming in the playoffs as he helped Indianapolis win Super Bowl XLI.

 

The eighth-year veteran has grown to an established presence on and off the field with the Colts.  The NFL leader among safeties with 90 straight starts, Bethea also focuses on bettering lives off the field.  For that, he is the club’s 2013 “Man of the Year” winner. 

 

“Antoine embodies everything this team is about,” said Chuck Pagano.  “He continues to provide veteran leadership in our locker room and in the community.”

 

The two-time Pro Bowler with 888 career tackles finished his degree work at Howard in 2011 and started his Safe Coverage Foundation that provides students in his home area of Newport News, Virginia with academic resources they normally may not have.

 

Annually, he hosts a tour of 50 inner-city high school students with visits to his alma mater and other universities so they have a chance to meet faculty members as they try to determine their educational futures.

 

“I started that with the kids in my community where I grew up.  Some kids don’t get the opportunity to get out of the city and see what’s outside,” said Bethea.  “I figured that was a good opportunity to really let them know what’s outside of Newport News.  

 

“When I first did it, I took the kids to Howard and George Mason just to see their faces light up and be able to talk to them and let them know (college is) a possibility.  If you work hard, do good in school, you can go on and do great things.”

 

Bethea comes from a tight family unit that includes mother Verina and father Larry.  His estimate of what they instilled in their sons is off the chart.

 

“Oh, 110 percent,” said Bethea of the credit he gives his parents.  “If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be here where I’m at today.  My dad being in the military, serving for this country, that’s just something that my dad and my mom instilled in me and my brother, Alexon.  Just always giving back, helping people, just being generous.”

 

Bethea contributes 15 tickets and meal vouchers per home game to underserved Indiana youth as part of a team program.  He also conducts free camps for youth (one locally and one at home) each year, efforts that reach more than 400 participants annually.

 

Bethea was the club’s 2012 Ed Block Courage Award winner, a yearly citation of leadership, stellar character and performance on and off the field.

 

Out-tenured only by Reggie Wayne and Robert Mathis, Bethea quickly noticed Colts leaders who set examples. 

 

“Gary Brackett,” said Bethea of an early role model, “just what he’s done and what he’s meant for this organization when he was playing here, and still what he does for this community.

 

“GB’s one of the guys I still talk to today, get advice from.  Gary, Reggie (Wayne), Robert Mathis, those are guys that I really looked up to as a rookie, and still do.”

 

It was a calling he felt early on and one that he wanted to be more than just a small effort.

 

“When I first got here, I did community work and I always told myself that when I got in a position to help others I would do it,” said Bethea.  “As I got myself more established in Indianapolis, that’s when I knew I wanted to open my own foundation. 

 

“My parents told me to be willing to give a helping hand to people, regardless of who they are.  They raised my brother and me to be that way.  They instilled in us to help people and not to expect anything back from it.  You’re not doing it for gratification.  You’re doing it out of kindness to other people.  I have all the respect in the world for my parents for instilling that in me.”

 

Bethea has served as the local spokesperson for the United Way’s Team NFL initiative, toiling as one of 32 players around the league pledging to recruit new mentors for the organization.

 

As the “Man of the Year” choice, Bethea will be considered for the national Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.  The NFL’s most distinguished service citation is awarded annually during the week of the Super Bowl.

 

“I’m really honored to be chosen as the Colts’ Man of The Year,” said Bethea.  “There’s a lot of guys in this locker room and in this organization that do a lot for the community.  For me to be named, it’s most definitely an honor and a blessing to be in a position to give back to help people that are less fortunate.”

 

As Bethea noticed others helping while he was younger, he is setting the example now.

 

“Antoine is the leader.  He’s been in a lot of games, and he’s the guy you can count on,” said Pat Angerer.  “While you can go to him as a teammate on a football matter, you also can turn to Antoine for advice away from playing.  He is a leader both ways.”

 

Said David Thornton, the Colts’ director of player engagement, “Antoine's quiet leadership style speaks volumes to many.  He takes great pride in being a dependable pro.  It’s reflected in his actions and words.  

 

“A man of passion both on and off the field, Antoine is a leader worthy of being followed.”

 

 

 

COLTS PRE-GAME NOTES:

 

From 1984-present, the Colts have earned a 249-224 (.526) record, with 17 winning seasons, 15 playoff appearances and 12 10-win seasons.

 

The Colts opened the season with 19 new players on roster, with 10 of those players arriving through veteran free agency.  The total of new players now on the active roster totals 23.

 

The Colts were 9-1 in games decided by seven points or less last year, the most number of such games by a team in 2012.  Indianapolis has won 13 of its last 14 games decided by seven points or less, 5-1 in 2013.

 

The Colts did not lose consecutive games all last season, marking the ninth such season in franchise history (1964, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1976, 1999, 2003, 2012).

 

The Colts are 8-0 under Chuck Pagano in games following losses, with a 206-153 scoring margin in those wins, a 6.3-point margin per victory.

 

The Colts have played 25 straight games without consecutive losses to rank among the franchise best streaks.  Chuck Pagano has a 26-game streak without consecutive losses to rank among the all-time Colts head coaches, and the franchise best streak to start a career is 28 by Don McCafferty (1970-71).

 

COLTS MOST GAMES PLAYED WITHOUT CONSECUTIVE LOSSES

No.

Start Date

End Date

Coach(es)

40

10/05/69

12/19/71

Don Shula-Don McCafferty

34

10/26/75

11/27/77

Ted Marchibroda

32

11/10/63

12/05/65

Don Shula

32

12/04/66

09/21/69

Don Shula

30

11/10/02

10/24/04

Tony Dungy

27

09/12/99

11/19/00

Jim Mora

25

09/06/12

Present

Chuck Pagano

24

11/02/08

12/27/09

Tony Dungy-Jim Caldwell

23

11/08/04

12/18/05

Tony Dungy

21

10/02/94

11/05/95

Ted Marchibroda

 

COLTS COACHES MOST GAMES PLAYED WITHOUT CONSECUTIVE LOSSES

No.

Coach (*Start of career)

Start Date

End Date

34

Ted Marchibroda

10/26/75

11/27/77

32

Don Shula

11/10/63

12/05/65

32

Don Shula

12/04/66

09/21/69

30

Tony Dungy

11/10/02

10/24/04

28

Don McCafferty*

09/20/70

12/19/71

27

Jim Mora

09/12/99

11/19/00

26

Chuck Pagano

09/09/12

Present

23

Tony Dungy

11/08/04

12/18/05

21

Ted Marchibroda

10/02/94

11/05/95

 

The Colts are 46-3 since 1998 in games without a turnover.  Since 2000, the team is 43-2 in such outings.

 

The Colts have won their last 16 consecutive games when holding the lead entering the fourth quarter.

 

The Colts have only 11 turnovers in 2013, tied for second-fewest in the NFL, and the club’s plus-four ratio (15:11) ranks third in the AFC, tied for 10th in the NFL.

 

The Colts have been penalized 38 times in 2013, the fewest infractions in the NFL.  The Colts’ 313 penalty yards rank as the least in the NFL.

 

The Colts’ 45 punts in 2013 tie for ninth-fewest in the NFL.

 

The Colts have 23 10-play drives.

 

The Colts have allowed only 39 points in the fourth quarter of games this year, tied for second-fewest in the NFL.

 

Indianapolis topped 100 rushing yards in the first five games this year, tying the best starts to seasons achieved in 1984 and 1988.

 

Since 2012, the Colts are 11-0 in games with 30-plus rushes.  The Colts are one of three teams (minimum five games) during that span with an undefeated record (11-0, Colts; 11-0, Denver; 7-0, N.Y. Giants).

 

The Colts are 25-1 since 1984 in games with three or more rushing touchdowns, including a streak of 24 straight wins.

 

The Colts had a four-game streak with at least 25 rushes per game and a 4.5 average to open the season, the first time the team has accomplished it in the Indianapolis era.

 

 

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS CONSECUTIVE GAMES (25 RUSHES; 4.5 AVERAGE)

Date/Opponent

Att.

Yds.

Avg.

Key Rushers

9/16/84 ST. LOUIS

38

189

5.0

Dickey 23-121; McMillan 11-40; Pagel 2-21

9/23/84 @Miami

30

152

5.1

Dickey 15-77; McMillan 13-67; Schlichter 1-7

9/30/84 BUFFALO

34

188

5.5

McMillan 16-114; Dickey 14-72

9/08/13 OAKLAND

26

127

4.9

Ballard 13-63; Luck 6-38; Bradshaw 7-26

9/15/13 MIAMI

26

133

5.1

Bradshaw 15-65; Luck 4-38; Brown 7-30

9/22/13 @S.Fran.

40

184

4.6

Bradshaw 19-95; Richardson 13-35; Brown 3-25; Luck 4-24

9/29/13 @Jax.

29

154

5.3

Brown 3-65; Richardson 20-60; Luck 2-26

 

DIVISIONAL WINNERS SINCE 2002 REALIGNMENT

Year

AFC East

AFC North

AFC South

AFC West

NFC East

NFC North

NFC South

NFC West

2002

NY Jets

Pittsburgh

Tennessee

Oakland

Philadelphia

Green Bay

Tampa Bay

S. Francisco

2003

New England

Baltimore

Colts

Kansas City

Philadelphia

Green Bay

Carolina

St. Louis

2004

New England

Pittsburgh

Colts

San Diego

Philadelphia

Green Bay

Atlanta

Seattle

2005

New England

Cincinnati

Colts

Denver

NY Giants

Chicago

Tampa Bay

Seattle

2006

New England

Baltimore

Colts

San Diego

Philadelphia

Chicago

New Orleans

Seattle

2007

New England

Pittsburgh

Colts

San Diego

Dallas

Green Bay

Tampa Bay

Seattle

2008

Miami

Pittsburgh

Tennessee

San Diego

NY Giants

Minnesota

Carolina

Arizona

2009

New England

Cincinnati

Colts

San Diego

Dallas

Minnesota

New Orleans

Arizona

2010

New England

Pittsburgh

Colts

Kansas City

Philadelphia

Chicago

Atlanta

Seattle

2011

New England

Baltimore

Houston

Denver

NY Giants

Green Bay

New Orleans

S. Francisco

2012

New England

Baltimore

Houston

Denver

Washington

Green Bay

Atlanta

S. Francisco

 

WON-LOSS RECORDS DURING QUARTERS OF SEASONS (2002-2013)

Year

Games 1-4

Games 5-8

Games 9-12

Games 13-16

2002

3-1

1-3

4-0

2-2

2003

4-0

3-1

2-2

3-1

2004

3-1

2-2

4-0

3-1

2005

4-0

4-0

4-0

2-2

2006

4-0

4-0

2-2

2-2

2007

4-0

3-1

3-1

3-1

2008

2-2

2-2

4-0

4-0

2009

4-0

4-0

4-0

2-2

2010

2-2

3-1

1-3

4-0

2011

0-4

0-4

0-4

2-2

2012

2-2

3-1

3-1

3-1

2013

3-1

3-1

1-1

 

 

In 2012, Andrew Luck (339-of-627 passing for 4,374 and 23 TDs) had six 300 games, the NFL rookie record and also set league rookie marks in attempts and yards. 

 

Luck (23) was one of a handful of rookie quarterbacks to throw 20 or more touchdown passes (26, Peyton Manning, 1998; 26, Russell Wilson, 2012; 22, Charlie Conerly, 1948; 21, Cam Newton, 2011; 20, Dan Marino, 1983; 20, Andy Dalton, 2011, 20, Robert Griffin III, 2012).

 

Luck took every snap in 2012 (1,109) and took the first 1,364 of his career before sitting down at Jacksonville on 9/29/13 with a 34-3 lead.  His 1,364 consecutive snaps rank among the best accomplished by Indianapolis Colts quarterbacks (1,631, Peyton Manning; 1,590, Manning (a career-opening total); 1,459, Manning; 1,400, Manning; 1,205, Manning; 1,088 Manning).

 

In 2012, Luck produced seven wins in fourth-quarter or overtime fashion, tying the NFL seasonal record done six other times, including in 1999 and 2009 by Manning.  His seven in a single season tied for the most by a veteran or rookie QB since at least 1970.  With his sixth comeback win, he snapped the record he shared with Ben Roethlisberger (2004) and Vince Young (2006).  The comeback performances came against Minnesota, Green Bay, at Tennessee, Miami, at Detroit, vs. Tennessee and at Kansas City. 

 

The NFL post-merger record for rookie starting wins is 13 by Ben Roethlisberger in 2004.  Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco had 11 in 2008.  Luck and Russell Wilson had 11 in 2012, while Kyle Orton had 10 in 2005. 

 

Luck had his eighth fourth-quarter comeback win vs. Oakland 9/8/13, the most ever accomplished by an NFL QB in the first 17 games of a career.  He posted his ninth against Seattle 10/6/13, the most through the first 21 games by any QB drafted first overall that began a career since 1970.  He earned a 10th at Houston on 11/3/13.

 

With 10 game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime in the first two seasons of a career since 1970, Luck is the NFL leader in that category, ahead of Jake Plummer (9), Russell Wilson (8) and Peyton Manning (8).

 

With a record of 18-8 in his first 26 games, Luck reached 15 wins faster than any QB drafted first overall since 1970.  Through 20 games, he had been tied with John Elway (1983) with a 14-6 mark.  The most wins among QBs in their first two career seasons since 1970 are 22 by Ben Roethlisberger, 21 by Dan Marino and 20 by Joe Flacco and Matt Ryan.

 

Luck has 6,804 passing yards and the most accomplished through the first two seasons of a career in history are 7,920 by Cam Newton, 7,874 by Peyton Manning, 7,294 by Dan Marino, 7,067 by Andy Dalton and 7,049 by Drew Bledsoe.

 

MOST STARTING VICTORIES FIRST TWO SEASONS (Since 1970)

Wins

Years

Name

Team

22

2004-05

Ben Roethlisberger

Pittsburgh

21

1983-84

Dan Marino

Miami

20

2008-09

Joe Flacco

Baltimore

20

2008-09

Matt Ryan

Atlanta

 

MOST PASSING YARDS FIRST TWO SEASONS

Yards

Years

Name

Team

7,920

2011-12

Cam Newton

Carolina

7,874

1998-99

Peyton Manning

Colts

7,294

1983-84

Dan Marino

Miami

7,067

2011-12

Andy Dalton

Cincinnati

7,049

1993-94

Drew Bledsoe

New England

 

Luck had a career-best streak of 164 straight passes without an interception end vs. Miami 9/15/13.

 

Luck’s 19t run vs. Oakland tied the 7th-longest ever done by a Colts QB (43t, George Taliaferro vs. Rams 11/22/53; 33t, Peyton Manning at Buffalo, 11/4/01; 32t, Bert Jones at NYJ 10/20/74; 29t, Chris Chandler vs. NYJ 11/6/88; 21t, George Shaw vs. SF 11/27/55; 20t, Marty Domres vs. NYJ 11/16/75; 19t, Jones at Buffalo 11/9/75).

 

Under Luck, the Colts have opened games three times with two TD drives – 10/21/12 vs. Cleveland; 11/18/12 at New England; 9/8/13 vs. Oakland.

 

With a TD pass vs. Miami 9/15/13, Luck had nine straight games with a scoring pass, but the streak ended at San Francisco.

 

Antoine Bethea had 11 tackles vs. Oakland, eight vs. Miami, six at San Francisco, five at Jacksonville, 10 vs. Seattle, eight at San Diego, nine vs. Denver, eight at Houston, five vs. St. Louis and four at Tennessee and has 888 for his career.  Bethea is one of six Indianapolis Colts to top 700 career tackles (1,149 Jeff Herrod; 1,052, Duane Bickett; 785, Jason Belser; 754, Gary Brackett, 744, Eugene Daniel).

 

Bethea ranks first among active NFL safeties with 90 consecutive starts.

 

Kicker Adam Vinatieri has scored in the last 155 consecutive games in which he has played.  He has scored in 109 straight with the Colts and ranks just behind Mike Vanderjagt (118) for the longest franchise streaks. 

 

His 53-yard field goal with eight seconds left against Minnesota on 9/16/12 was the 24th game-winning kick of his career.

 

Since 1999, Vinatieri has hit 21-of-25 game-tying or go-ahead FGs in the last four minutes of a game, an 84 percent success rate.  He has made his last seven attempts in those situations, hitting from 23, 47, 51, 43, 50, 53 and 37 yards.

 

 

Adam Vinatieri Career Statistics

Years

 

Pts.

PAT

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50

FG PCT.

1996-05

NE

1,158

367-374

6-6

103-107

76-92 (.826)

70-99 (.707)

8-17 (.471)

263-321 (.819)

2006-13

Ind

791

281-284

4-4

49-50

57-68 (.838)

48-59 (.814)

12-21 (.571)

170-202 (.842)

Total

 

1,949

648-658

10-10

152-157

133-160 (.831)

118-158(.747)

20-38 (.526)

433-523 (.828)

 

Vinatieri has hit field goals of 50-plus yards in 11 different seasons.

 

Vinatieri has 523 career field goal attempts, 10th in NFL history (Jason Elam is ninth at 540). 

Vinatieri (791) is in second-place in Colts career scoring (995, Mike Vanderjagt; 783, Dean Biasucci; 778, Marvin Harrison).

 

Vinatieri has 1,158 points with New England and with 791 with the Colts, he is one of only three players with 700-plus points with two different teams (Morten Andersen – 1,318 with New Orleans and 806 with Atlanta; John Carney – 1,076 with San Diego and 768 with New Orleans).

 

Vinatieri (1,949) is 9th in NFL career scoring (2,544, Morten Andersen; 2,434, Gary Anderson; 2,150, Jason Hanson; 2,062, John Carney; 2,004, Matt Stover; 2,002, George Blanda; 1,983, Jason Elam; 1,970, John Kasay).

 

Vinatieri has 12 field goals from the 50 -range, third-most in club history (18, Dean Biasucci; 14, Mike Vanderjagt).

 

With 50- and 51-yard field goals at San Diego 10/14/13, Vinatieri joined Biasucci (9/25/88 vs. Miami) and Vanderjagt (11/24/02 at Denver) as Colts kickers with two 50-plus field goals in a game.

 

Vinatieri has 15 career 100-plus point seasons.  He has five with the Colts, second to Mike Vanderjagt (8).  Vinatieri has passed Morten Andersen (14) and Gary Anderson (14) for the second-most 100-point seasons.  The NFL leader is Jason Elam (16).

 

Vinatieri has hit his last 16 of his last 17 field goals and has hit 28 his last 29 inside of 50 yards.

 

Vinatieri has been to five Super Bowls, winning four, one appearance and victory shy of tying the all-time best records.  He has been to Super Bowls under three different QBs (Drew Bledsoe, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning), and he is enjoying a good current run with Andrew Luck.

 

Adam Vinatieri’s Main Quarterbacks 1996-Present

Years

Name

Comp.

Att.

Yards

TD

Rating

1996-2001

D. Bledsoe

1607

2762

19101

113

81.0

2001-05

T. Brady

1576

2545

18029

123

88.5

2006-10

P. Manning

1913

2877

21639

155

96.9

2012-13

A. Luck

545

974

6804

37

80.2

 

In 2012, linebacker Jerrell Freeman topped the club in tackles in each of the first seven games before the streak ended.  Freeman topped the team in tackles in 13 games.  Freeman (203) became the second Colts player in the Indianapolis era to have a 200-tackle season, and his total is the all-time best (200, Jeff Herrod, 1994; 192, Cliff Odom, 1985).

 

In 2013, Freeman has led the team in tackles against San Francisco, Jacksonville, Seattle, Denver and St. Louis and has topped the team in stops in 18-of-26 career games.  He has reached double digits in tackles in 20-of-26 games (13, 2012; seven, 2013).

 

Freeman had his first career multiple-sack game with 2.0 vs. Miami 9/15/13, the fourth undrafted free agent in the Indianapolis era to have a multiple-sack outing (2.0, Scott Virkus vs. Detroit 9/22/85; Tony Siragusa at Seattle 9/4/94; Eric Foster at Jacksonville 12/17/09).

 

Freeman had a strip-sack vs. Miami 9/15/13 and at San Francisco 9/22/13.  With sacks in consecutive games, he became the first Colts LB other than Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis to do so since Rob Morris in 2004.

 

In 2012, T.Y. Hilton had five 100-yard games in 2012 to set the club rookie record.   With 50-861, 7 TDs, Hilton was the 9th Colts rookie with 50 receptions (65, Bill Brooks, 1986; 64, Marvin Harrison, 1996; 62, Edgerrin James, 1999; 60, Austin Collie, 2009; 52, Andre Rison, 1989; 52, Marshall Faulk, 1994; 50, Randy McMillan, 1981; 50, Jerome Pathon, 1998).  His yardage total ranked 2nd for Colts rookies (1,131, Brooks; 836, Harrison), and his touchdowns tied for third-most (8, Brooks and Harrison; 7, John Mackey and Collie).

 

He was 6-124 vs. Miami 9/15/13 for sixth career 100-plus game, and it marked a career-high yardage total.  Hilton set a new career high with 140 yards on five receptions vs. Seattle 10/6/13, including a 73-yard scoring reception. 

 

Hilton had an eighth career 100-yard game with 7-121, 3 TDs at Houston 11/3/13.  He became the 11th Colts player, the seventh WR, with 3 TDs in a game, with scores of 10, 58 and nine yards.

 

Hilton’s ninth 100-yard game was vs. St. Louis 11/10/13 with 7-130. 

 

With nine 100-yard games in his first two seasons, Hilton is on the best pace in franchise history for the most such efforts in that span (9, Hilton; 3, Brooks; 3, Anthony Gonzalez; 3, Rison; 3, Reggie Wayne; 3, Terrence Wilkins).

 

Hilton’s nine 100-yard games rank among NFL leaders since 2012 (16, Calvin Johnson; 11, Brandon Marshall; 10, A.J. Green; 10, Andre Johnson; 10, Demaryius Thomas; 9, Hilton; 9, Victor Cruz; 9, Vincent Jackson; 8, Dez Bryant).

 

Hilton’s 12 TD receptions have covered eight, nine, 10, 14, 29, 36, 40, 43, 58, 61, 70 and 73 yards (451 total) for an average of 37.6 per TD reception.  His 75-yard TD punt return brings his career average per touchdown (526 yards) to 40.5 yards.

 

Since 2012, Hilton (five) ranks only behind Adrian Peterson (six) and A.J. Green (6) for most touchdowns 50 yards or longer.

 

Hilton’s 12 TD receptions in his first two years rank among the best achieved in that span in Colts history (15, Collie; 14, Harrison; 12, Hilton).

 

Hilton was the 13th receiver taken in the 2012 draft.  There were four selected in the first round, five in the second and three in the third before he was taken with the 92nd choice. 

 

Against Buffalo on 11/25/12, Hilton scored on a 75-yard punt return and an eight-yard reception to become the first Colts player to record such scores in the same game in franchise history. 

 

Cornerback Darius Butler (two interceptions/one fumble recovered) had three takeaways at Jacksonville on 11/8/12, one shy of the Indianapolis era club record for the most by a player in a game (4, Eugene Daniel, 3 interceptions/1 fumble recovered vs. Green Bay 10/27/85; 3, Leonard Coleman, 3 ints. vs. New Orleans 10/12/86; 3, Mike Prior, 3 ints. vs. Phoenix 12/20/92).

 

Butler had a 41t interception return at Jacksonville 9/29/13 to move among the club leaders in career scoring interception returns (5, Jerry Logan; 4, Bobby Boyd; 3, Milt Davis; 3, Andy Nelson; 3, Ray Buchanan; 3, Eugene Daniel, 3, Jason Belser; 3, Kelvin Hayden).

 

Linebacker Robert Mathis (105.0) had an eight-game sack streak end at New England on 11/18/12.  It tied his personal-best.  In 2005, he set an NFL record with sacks in eight consecutive games to start a season.  He opened 2013 with sacks in the first five games. 

 

Mathis has 26 career multiple-sack games, including three three-plus sack games.  Mathis has five of the 18 double-digit sack seasons in club history.

 

Mathis had a four-game streak with multiple sacks 9/15/13 vs. Miami (2.0), 9/22/13 at San Francisco (1.5), 9/29/13 at Jacksonville (3.0) and 10/6/13 vs. Seattle (2.0).  He had 2.0 sacks vs. Denver 10/20/13 and vs. St. Louis 11/10/13.  Mathis was named AFC Defensive Player-of-the-Month for October with 11 tackles, 4.0 sacks, two forced fumbles and one pass defensed.  Mathis also won the honor in September 2010.

 

Mathis has become 30th NFL player with 100 career sacks.  Mathis has sacked 53 different quarterbacks.  He has 73.5 against AFC teams and 31.5 against NFC teams.

 

Mathis has sacks in 80-of-157 career games and in 51-of-93 career starts.  Mathis has sacks against all 31 teams.

 

Mathis has sacks in 80 games, among the best in Colts history (81, Freeney; 80, Mathis; 38, Duane Bickett; 38, Donnell Thompson).

 

Mathis has 26 career multiple-sack games, first in Colts history (25, Freeney; 10, Bickett; 10, Chad Bratzke).

 

Mathis has six multiple-sack games in 2013, the best seasonal Colts total (6, Mathis, 2013; 5, Bratzke, 1999; 5, Freeney, 2004).

 

With 11.5 sacks in the first seven games of 2013, Mathis set a club record for the fastest start to that sack total. 

 

COLTS TOP SACK SEASONAL LEADERS

Sacks

Name

Year

Games to reach 11.5

16.0

Dwight Freeney

2004

13

13.5

Dwight Freeney

2009

13

13.0

Dwight Freeney

2002

16

12.0

Chad Bratzke

1999

14

11.5

Johnie Cooks

1984

16

11.5

Robert Mathis

2005

12

11.5

Robert Mathis

2008

13

11.5

Robert Mathis*

2013

7

*Now has 13.5 in 10 games

 

He reached 13.5 in nine games, among the fastest paces in NFL history.  Most sacks in league history through nine games:  16.5, Mark Gastineau, NYJ, 1984; 15.0, Michael Strahan, NYG, 2001; 15.0, Derrick Thomas, KC, 1990; 13.5, Mathis; 13.5, Jared Allen, Min, 2011).

 

The best seasonal sack totals in franchise history are 16.0 by Dwight Freeney in 2004, 13.5 by Freeney in 2009, 13.5, Mathis, 2013, 13.0 by Freeney in 2002 and 12.0 by Chad Bratzke in 1999.

 

Mathis has 39 career sack-strips and is tied with Jason Taylor for the most in NFL history (since sacks official in 1982).

 

In 2012, Pat McAfee (73-47.9, 40.3 net) set the club seasonal marks for gross and net average.  McAfee has set the gross mark in each of the last two seasons (46.6, 2011).  In setting the mark last year, he snapped the previous seasonal record of Rohn Stark (45.9, 1985).  McAfee’s net average bested Stark’s previous record, and his 2011 had ranked second (39.3, Stark, 1992; 39.2, McAfee, 2011).  McAfee had 26 punts inside the 20, tying Hunter Smith’s seasonal record (26, 2002).

 

McAfee set a club record 10/20/13 vs. Denver with six punts inside the 20.

 

There are 14 players in franchise history, nine in the Indianapolis era, to participate in at least 100 regular-season victories:  141 games, QB-Peyton Manning; 132, QB-John Unitas; 132, C-Jeff Saturday; 132, WR-Reggie Wayne; 127, TE-Justin Snow; 118, WR-Marvin Harrison; 114, P-Hunter Smith; 112, LB-Robert Mathis; 112, DE-Dwight Freeney; 109, P-David Lee; 108, OT-Ryan Diem; 107, LB-Don Shinnick; 106, DE-Ordell Braase; 105, C/LB-Dick Szymanski.


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