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Colts-Texans Game Report

Posted Nov 3, 2013

Colts-Texans Game Report



Colts 27, Houston  24

 

FOURTH QUARTER UPDATE

 

Houston started at its 33 with 44 seconds left.  Keenum was incomplete on first down with Angerer in coverage.  Hopkins made a reception to the Houston 49.  Keenum hit Johnson to the Colts’ 37 and spiked the ball to stop the clock with five seconds left.  Bullock from 55 yards out was wide left.  Colts 27, Houston 24.

 

From the 16 with 1:55 to go, Richardson was stopped for a one-yard loss up the middle.  Houston took a timeout.  Richardson was stopped on second down for no gain.  Houston took a timeout with 1:43 left.  Brown gained one yard to bring up fourth down.  The Colts took their first timeout with 58 seconds left.  The Colts had a false start, putting the ball at the 10. 

 

Starting from his 18, Keenum hit Johnson for 25 yards.  Tate ran for two yards on first down.  Pat Angerer took Keenum down on a read option to bring up a third-and-11.  Keenum dropped deep and was hit upon throwing for an incompletion.  Lechler punted to Hilton at the Colts’ 16 at the two-minute warning.

 

Luck overthrew Hilton on first down.  Under pressure, Luck and Whalen could not convert a short pass.  On third-and-10, Luck stood firm and delivered a 17-yard strike to Whalen for a first down to the Houston 35.  Richardson took a screen pass 24 yards to the Houston 11.  Luck and Fleener collaborated to the Houston nine.  Luck and Hilton converted on the ensuing play, a nine-yard TD pass with 4:00 to go.  On the two-point attempt with two tight ends, Luck hit Fleener for the conversion.  Colts 27, Houston 24.

 

After a touchback, Johnson ran for three yards.  Hopkins converted a first down with a reception to the 30.  Tate ran for three yards off the right side.  Keenum caught Posey for no gain in the left flat.  On third-and-seven, Keenum and Johnson hit a completion to the Colts’ 44, but the catch was overturned on official review.  Lechler punted 19 yards to the Colts’ 48, the punt bounced backward toward midfield before Houston could down it.

 

Luck and Richardson picked up nine yards on a first-down completion.  Luck then hit Hilton on a post route for 58 yards and the score.  Hilton has a 43.2 career average on 10 TD receptions.  Houston 24, Colts 19.

 

Johnson gained four yards on second down.  Keenum lobbed a long pass to Hopkins to the Colts’ 45, 31 yards.  Tate ran right for nine yards, then picked up the first down on an inside rush to the Colts’ 32.  Keenum on a keeper reached the Colts’ 25.  Tate was caught for no gain on a sweep right.  Keenum and Posey missed on a sideline pass in the end zone.  After taking five minutes off the clock, Bullock missed wide right from 43 yards out.

 

THIRD QUARTER UPDATE

 

Keenum was incomplete on first down.

 

Reed returned the Houston kickoff to the Colts’ 22.  Luck had his first-down pass batted away while under pressure.  Luck and Brazill hit for nine yards.  Luck hit Havili in the left flat for a first down.  Luck and DHB could not click on first down.  The tandem missed long down the right sideline on second down.  On third-and-10, Hilton snared a Luck pass for 16 yards.  Luck and Whalen hit for nine yards on first down.  In the shotgun, Luck hit Fleener across the middle to the Houston 25, 18 yards.  Brown ran for five yards on a draw play.  Brown failed to catch a crossing-route pass on second down.  Luck and Brazill could not click in the end zone, but Houston was flagged for roughing Luck.  On first down from the Houston 10, Luck and DHB missed on a quick in-route.  DHB took a shot to the head.  Luck and Hilton could not connect on the Houston two.  Luck and Hilton hit for a 10-yard score on a play with Hilton in the slot.  The score came with five seconds left in the quarter.  Luck missed Whalen on a two-point pass.  Houston 24, Colts 12.   

 

Martin returned the kickoff from nine yards deep to the Houston 13.  Johnson rushed left to the 18.  From the pistol formation, a delayed draw to Johnson lost three yards.  On third-and-eight, Keenum extended the play under pressure and hit Posey for a first down at the 27.  Keenum hit Graham on the left sideline to the Houston 47.  Tate ran right for nine yards to the Colts’ 44.  Tate picked up the first down off left tackle with another nine-yard run.  Keenum hit Graham for a first down to the Colts’ 22.  After a false start, Walden stopped Tate for a two-yard loss.  On second-and-17 from the 29, Keenum hit Graham for five yards.  Tate caught a pass in the right flat, and Darius Butler stopped him for a loss.  Bullock hit a 43-yard field goal.  Houston 24, Colts 6. 

 

Reed returned the half-opening kickoff to the Colts’ 42.  Luck and Fleener missed connections on first down, with Luck having pressure.  Luck and Hilton collaborated on a completion to the Houston 47, then again to the 36 for consecutive first downs.  Luck was sacked on first down back to the 47.  It was a five-step drop on a timing route.  On second-and-17, DHB mad a reception to the Houston 36, a gain of 11.  Luck and Whalen missed on a pass attempt, but Ed Reed was called for a personal foul.  Indianapolis got a first down at the Houston 17.  Luck and Brazill could not hit on a first-down pass.  Luck could not find DHB at the goal-line.  On third-and-10, Luck could not find Hilton in the end zone.  Vinatieri hit a 35-yard field goal to end the drive.  Houston 21, Colts 6.

 

Texans Head Coach Gary Kubiak suffered a medical event at the end of the first half and was taken to a Houston hospital.  Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips took over for Kubiak.

SECOND QUARTER UPDATE

 

After a touchback, Luck was incomplete on first down.  Brown carried to the Houston 31 to end the half. 

 

Keshawn Martin was stripped by Andy Studebaker at the end of the kickoff return, and the Colts recovered at the Houston 29.  The officials reversed the call on the sideline, giving Houston possession, ruling that the ball was contacted by a Colt who was out of bounds.  Johnson went off right guard and right tackle for three and five yards to set up a third-and-two at the two-minute warning.  In the shotgun, Keenum hit Johnson for 30 yards to the Colts’ 34.  Keenum missed Johnson near the Colts’ goal-line on first down.  Keenum and Garrett Graham hit for seven yards on a crossing route, with tight coverage from Jerrell Freeman.  On third-and-three Keenum ran for 22 yards on a draw, reaching the five.  On first down, Keenum hit Johnson for a third touchdown.  Houston 21, Colts 3.

 

On first down, Luck went deep to DHB, and Kareem Jackson was flagged for interference.  The Colts got the ball at the Houston seven.  Brown ran for one yard.  In the shotgun, Luck was sacked by Antonio Smith at the 11.  Watt had pressure.  On third down, Luck was pressured into an incompletion.  Vinatieri hit a 30-yard field goal to cut the deficit to 14-3.

 

Keenum under pressure from Francois at the goal-line hit Johnson for a first down at the 28. Keenum could not connect with Johnson on second down.  Tate was stopped by Ricardo Mathews for two yards after changing direction on a second-down rush.  On third-and-eight, Keenum misfired over the middle to bring up fourth down.  Lechler punted 57 yards, but Hilton returned it 34 yards to the Colts’ 47. 

 

Starting from their 39, Richardson gained five yards off right guard.  After a false start penalty, Luck and Whalen missed on a short route to the left.  On third down, Luck had to leave the pocket under pressure and threw incomplete to Whalen.  McAfee punted 51 yards to the Houston 10.

 

Tate rushed for four yards off right tackle on first down, then went for five more to bring up a third-and-one.  Tate went off left tackle for a first down to the Colts’ 42.  Dennis Johnson took his first career rush for eight yards to the left to the Colts’ 34.  Johnson ran off right tackle for a first down at the Colts’ 23.  Tate was stopped for short yards off the right.  On second-and-eight, Keenum and Hopkins missed on a short pass.  Keenum rolled left to buy time, and Erik Walden sacked him at the 31.  Randy Bullock was wide left on a 49-yard field goal.

 

Luck looked deep on first down before throwing incomplete in the right flat.  Luck was sacked by Joe Mays on second down for a seven-yard loss.  In the shotgun with an empty backfield, Luck was sacked to bring up a fourth-and-24.  McAfee punted 45 yards and after a six-yard return, Houston started at its 45.

 

Keenum could not complete a crossing route to bring up fourth down to start the period.  Shane Lechler punted 46 yards to the Colts’ 29.

 

FIRST QUARTER UPDATE

 

Tate ran up the middle to the five.  Vontae Davis defensed Keenum’s second-down pass to Johnson.  On third-and-seven from the pistol formation, Johnson caught a slant-route pass to the Houston 23.  In the shotgun, Keenum was incomplete to DeAndre Hopkins.  Tate hit up the middle to the Houston 25, bringing up third-and-eight at the end of the quarter.

 

Reed downed the kickoff for a touchback.  Luck and Griff Whalen clicked for six yards on first down.  Going up-tempo, Donald Brown popped off the right in the shotgun and ran to midfield, 24 yards.  Luck and Whalen could not complete a short first-down pass.  Brown ran off right guard for seven yards to bring up a third-and-three.  Luck rolled right under pressure and missed across the middle to Darrius Heyward-Bey (DHB).  Hilton and Whalen were lined up right on the play.  McAfee punted 41 yards to the Houston two, with Sergio Brown batting the ball to LaVon Brazill.

 

Tate ran right for nine yards on first down, then got the first down over left guard to the Colts’ 41 with a seven-yard burst.  In the pistol formation, Tate was caught for no gain.  Robert Mathis stacked up the play.  Keenum with misdirection hit Johnson deep down the middle of the field for the score.  Houston 14, Colts 0.

 

Richardson swept left for seven yards on first down, with a good seal block by Stanley Havili.  In traffic, Richardson shifted inside to pick up the first down.  Richardson went off right guard for three yards.  On third-and-four after another Richardson rush, Luck hit Hilton for first-down yardage, but Hilton could not secure the catch.  After bobbling the snap on the first punt and with the team being penalized for illegal man downfield, McAfee punted 29 yards to the Houston 43.  Houston’s Bryan Braman had contact with McAfee, but Houston was not flagged.

 

Keenum hit Johnson for 16 yards.  From the Colts’ 25, Ben Tate ran for six yards over left tackle.  Tate bounced the second-down run to the right and gained three yards to the 16.  Ricky Jean Francois stacked up Tate on third down, and Cory Redding followed with same result on fourth down to halt a scoring threat.

 

David Reed returned the kickoff the Colts’ 26.  Andrew Luck hit Coby Fleener for 44 yards on the first scrimmage play.  On first-and-10 from the Houston 30, Luck overthrew Fleener around the Houston 10.  Trent Richardson was stacked up for no gain up the middle.  On third-and-10, the Colts were flagged after a short completion from Luck to Hilton.  Adam Vinatieri’s 44-yard field goal was blocked by J.J. Watt, caught by D.J. Swearinger and returned to the Colts’ 41.

 

Case Keenum started the first drive from his 27 and was hit and incomplete on first down.  Keenum showed mobility on second attempt with rollout left then hitting DeVier Posey for a first down.  Keenum used misdirection on the third play and hit Andre Johnson 62 yards for a touchdown.  The score came one minute into action and was Johnson’s first score of the year.  Houston 7, Colts 0.

 

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

 

The roof in Reliant Stadium is open.

 

COLTS PRE-GAME REPORT

 

Reggie Wayne is on hand with team in Houston tonight.  Wayne always a big-time leader, and now he is in new role.

 

COLTS GAME-DAY DEACTIVATIONS:

 

S-Delano Howell

CB-Josh Gordy

CB-Greg Toler

TE-Wes Saunders

LB-Cam Johnson

OG-Khaled Holmes

DT-Josh Chapman


Vinatieri Respected by Leaders

 

INDIANAPOLIS– When the Colts needed a 49-yard field goal to expand a three-point lead with two minutes left in the October 6 Seattle game, Adam Vinatieri delivered.

 

A week later, Vinatieri’s three field goals, two from the 50-yard range, kept the Colts close in an eventual loss at San Diego.

 

Against Denver, Vinatieri’s 52-yarder early in the fourth quarter reset the Colts’ lead at 17 points.  His 42-yarder later put the Colts ahead by a two-score margin in an eventual 39-33 victory.

 

Vinatieri has hit 11 straight field goals and his last 24 attempts inside 50 yards.  Such clutch kicking resonates with two organizational leaders.

 

“His performance and consistency are as critical to our success as anyone’s on this team,” said Ryan Grigson.  “He is one of our leaders and is playing like we expect him to and I know he expects himself to.  

 

“The unique thing about Adam is the bigger the game, the better he gets.  I found that out first- hand when I watched him drill the huge upset game-winner in the Super Bowl when I was with the Rams (Super Bowl XXXVI).  That’s the difference between good and great in this league, especially for kickers.”

 

Vinatieri (772) is seven points shy of moving past Marvin Harrison (778) into third-place in Colts career scoring.  Twelve points will put him past Dean Biasucci (783) into second-place behind Mike Vanderjagt. 

 

Vinatieri kicked for New England from 1996-2005, owning a field goal percentage of .819 (263-of-321).  His percentage with the Colts since then has grown to .842 (165-of-196). 

 

His percentages from the 40- and 50-yard ranges are better as a Colt than as a Patriot, something soothing for Chuck Pagano.   

 

“Look at the one he kicked against Denver.  Window was open, right?  What was it, 52 yards?  He nailed that sucker,” said Pagano.  “He’s kicking really well.  There was absolutely no hesitation on my part, (the) kicking coach’s part, Adam’s part, anybody’s.

 

“He’s been consistent the entire year.  We feel really good about him.”

 

GAME NOTES:

 

The Colts won the first nine series meetings against Houston, the second-best franchise start ever against an opponent (Colts were 10-0 against Atlanta before losing to the Falcons).

 

The Colts are 7-4 in Houston, but have dropped three straight games.  The Colts clinched division titles in Houston in 2003, 2004 and 2009.

 

This is the club’s third prime-time game this season, with one more to follow at Tennessee on November 14.  That will end a streak of three prime-time games in four outings.

 

Houston is the only AFC South team never to sweep the Colts in a season’s meetings.  Tennessee did it to Indianapolis in 2002.  Jacksonville did it in 2011.

 

Two of the Colts’ biggest comebacks (17-point deficits) came at Houston (10/5/08, down 27-10 in fourth quarter and won, 31-27; 11/29/09, down 17-0 in second quarter and won, 35-27).

 

Colts GM Ryan Grigson and Houston EVP-Football Operations/GM Rick Smith played at Purdue together 1991-92.

 

T.Y. Hilton had a 61-yard TD reception at Houston last year and a 70-yard TD snare vs. Houston two games later in Indianapolis.

 

Robert Mathis will be looking to sack a 53rd different QB in facing Case Keenum.

 

Ed Reed has seven different seasons with 100-plus yards in interception returns, three (2008-10) with Chuck Pagano as his secondary coach.  Two (2008, 2010) of his NFL-best five seasons with seven-plus interceptions came under Pagano.  

 

From 1984-present, the Colts have earned a 247-223 (.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 19.

 

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 11 of its last 12 games decided by seven points or less, 3-1 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 7-0 under Chuck Pagano in games following losses, with a 176-126 scoring margin in those wins, a 7.1 margin per victory.

 

The Colts have played 22 straight games without consecutive losses to rank among the franchise best streaks.  Chuck Pagano has a 23-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

24

11/02/08

12/27/09

Tony Dungy-Jim Caldwell

23

11/08/04

12/18/05

Tony Dungy

22

09/16/12

Present

Chuck Pagano

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

23

Tony Dungy

11/08/04

12/18/05

23

Chuck Pagano*

09/09/12

Present

21

Ted Marchibroda

10/02/94

11/05/95

 

The Colts are 44-3 since 1998 in games without a turnover.  Since 2000, the team is 41-2 in such outings.

 

The Colts have only six turnovers in 2013, first in the NFL, and the club’s plus-seven ratio (13:6) ranks tied for second in the AFC, tied for fifth in the NFL.  Six turnovers are tied for the fourth-least through seven games in franchise history.

 

The Colts have been penalized 28 times in 2013, the fewest infractions in the NFL.

 

The Colts’ 31 punts in 2013 tie for eighth-fewest in the NFL.

 

The Colts have only 35 negative-yardage plays, second in the AFC, tied for third in the NFL.

 

The Colts have 16 10-play drives, tied for third in the NFL and 10 five-minute drives, tied for tenth in the NFL.

 

The Colts have allowed only 29 points in the fourth quarter of games this year, tied for second 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 10-0 in games with 30-plus rushes.  The Colts are one of four teams (minimum five games) during that span with an undefeated record (10-0, Colts; 10-0, Denver; 8-0, Cincinnati; 6-0, N.Y. Giants).

 

The Colts are 24-1 since 1984 in games with three or more rushing touchdowns, including a streak of 23 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

 

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.

 

With nine game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime in the first two seasons of a career since 1970, Luck is tied with Jake Plummer, while Peyton Manning had eight.

 

With a record of 16-7 in his first 23 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 5,948 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.

 

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 and nine vs. Denver and has 871 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 87 consecutive starts.

 

Kicker Adam Vinatieri has scored in the last 153 consecutive games. 

 

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

772

277-280

4-4

49-50

54-65 (.831)

47-57 (.825)

11-20 (.550)

165-196 (.842)

Total

 

1,930

644-654

10-10

152-157

130-157 (.828)

117-156(.750)

19-37 (.514)

428-517 (.828)

 

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

 

Vinatieri has 517 career field goal attempts, 10th in NFL history (Jason Elam is ninth at 540).  Vinatieri (772) is in fourth-place in Colts career scoring (995, Mike Vanderjagt; 783, Dean Biasucci; 778, Marvin Harrison).

 

Vinatieri has 1,158 points with New England and with 772 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 (1,930) 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 11 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 11 field goals and has hit his last 24 inside of 50 yards.

 

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).

 

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’s TD receptions have covered eight, 14, 29, 36, 40, 43, 61, 70 and 73 yards for an average of 41.6 per TD reception.  His 75-yard TD punt return brings his career average per touchdown to 44.9 yards.

 

Since 2012, Hilton (four) ranks only behind Adrian Peterson (six) and A.J. Green (5) for most touchdowns 50 yards or longer.

 

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).

 

In 2012, tight end Dwayne Allen (45) set the club rookie tight end record for receptions.  He led all NFL rookie tight ends in receptions.

 

Linebacker Robert Mathis (103.0) 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 25 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.  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 52 different quarterbacks.  He has 73.5 against AFC teams and 29.5 against NFC teams.

 

Mathis has sacks in 79-of-153 career games and in 50-of-89 career starts.  Mathis has sacks against all 31 teams.

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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-Dwight Freeney; 110, Robert Mathis; 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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