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Colts-Titans Game Report

Posted Dec 1, 2013

Colts-Titans Game Report



Colts 22, Tennessee 14

 

FOURTH QUARTER UPDATE

 

Donald Brown gained five yards off the left side on first down.  Luck scrambled to the Colts’ 21 for a first down, eight yards.  Brown burst for 14 yards to the 35 off the right side.  Luck and Havili combined for six yards on a first-down pass, then Brown picked his way through the middle for two yards to the 43.  On third-and-two, Luck scrambled around the right side for 24 yards.  Brown gained 14 yards on first down, then had seven more to the 12.  After a five-yard penalty, Luck hit Fleener near the right sideline for 13 yards to the four.  Richardson was stopped for no gain on first down.  With a jumbo set on second down, Brown burst across for four yards and the TD.  Colts 22, Tennessee 14.

 

Fitzpatrick was incomplete on first down, then hit Wright for seven yards on second down.  Fitzpatrick picked up the first down with a 12-yard scramble.  Johnson was held to no gain on first down.  From the gun, Fitzpatrick missed Johnson on a screen pass to bring up third-and-10 from the Colts’ 41.  Fitzpatrick missed long to Hunter into double coverage to force a punt.  Kern booted the ball to the Colts’ eight.

 

Brown gained three yards on a first-down rush to the right.  From the fun, Luck was harried and delivered incomplete toward Brazill.  Luck overthrew Brazill lone and the pass was broken up by George Wilson.  McAfee punted 30 yards to the Tennessee 40.

 

Johnson picked up the first down to start the fourth quarter, then burst off tackle for seven yards.  Johnson went off the right side for eight yards.  Greene tried the right side for one yard.  Greene picked up one yard on a completion, then Fitzpatrick was long over the middle for Hunter to bring up a fourth down.  After a Kern punt, the Colts started on their 27.

THIRD QUARTER UPDATE

 

Johnson ran for nine yards to end the quarter.

 

Richardson rushed for six yards on first down, but Luck and DHB failed to connect on two attempts to bring up a punt.  McAfee punts to the Tennessee 12.

 

Washington gained 13 yards on a first-down completion.  Washington ran for six yards, then Fitzpatrick missed long to Hunter down the left sideline.  On third-and-four, Vaughn picked off Fitzpatrick and returned the ball to the Titans’ 48.

 

DHB was caught for an 11-yard loss on a first-down reverse, and Luck was incomplete to Brazill at the Tennessee 20 on second down.  On third-and-21 from the 43, Luck hit Brazill to the Tennessee 31.  Vinatieri hit a 49-yard field goal to make it 15-14 Colts.  Vinatieri now has five FGs in a game three times, the first as a Colt.  His five FGs tie a club record done seven other times, and Vinatieri has tied Jason Elam for the NFL record with 16 career 100-point seasons.

 

Johnson was stacked up off left tackle for a three-yard gain on first down.  Johnson gained one yard on a pass to the right flat, with Freeman in coverage.  Fitzpatrick was strip-sacked by Robert Mathis for 16 yards, with Jerrell Freeman recovering and taking the ball to the Tennessee 32.

 

Luck and Hilton worked for short yardage on a first-down flare to the left.  DHB was called for offensive interference on a second-down reception.  Hilton was stopped for short yardage on second down, and Luck was sacked on third down.  McAfee punted 60 yards, and Leon Washington returned it 33 yards to the Colts’ 32.

 

From his 20, Johnson ran for three yards, then gained three more to bring up a third-and-four.  Fitzpatrick hit Hunter underneath on a crossing pattern for nine yards.  Indianapolis was hit for a personal foul, putting the ball at midfield.  Greene burst for eight yards, but was called for an unsportsmanlike penalty.  On second-and-17, Fitzpatrick hit Johnson from the backfield to gain 11 yards to the Colts’ 46.  Fitzpatrick escaped pressure with no receivers open, and he rushed to the Colts’ 30, 16 yards.  Indianapolis was penalized five more yards on the run for holding.  From the 25, Johnson ran left for three yards.  Through a wide opening, Johnson ran off left tackle for nine yards to the 13.  Johnson caught a quick strike to the right sideline, gaining five yards with a nice open-field stop by Jerrell Freeman.  Greene burst for six yards to the two.  On first down, Fitzpatrick kept just shy of the goal-line.  Bethea stopped Greene shy of the goal on second down.  Fitzpatrick was stopped on third down on a sneak.  On fourth-and-one, Fitzpatrick rolled right and pushed a short pass to Johnson for the score.  Titans 14, Colts 12.

 

SECOND QUARTER UPDATE

 

Luck and Hilton combined for 17 yards on first down to the Tennessee 47, but he was sacked for six yards on first down.  Luck and Havili had a short reception to the Tennessee 49, with the Colts calling their last timeout with seven seconds left.  After a false start moved the Colts back to their 46, Luck from the gun hit Hilton to the Tennessee 34, and Tennessee was hit for a personal foul to give the Colts one more play.  Vinatieri hit a 37-yard field goal to end the half.  Colts 12, Titans 7.

 

Fitzpatrick hit Washington for nine yards on first down.  He then threw a pass away on second down with 42 seconds remaining.  From the gun, Fitzpatrick found Washington on a crossing route for 16 yards to the Colts’ 48.  Cassius Vaughn picked off Fitzpatrick with 26 seconds left.

 

Starting with 2:07 and three timeouts, Luck had a pass batted down at the line.  Luck scrambled for 12 yards to the 28 for a first down.  Luck had a sack-strip on first down, recovered by the Colts.  Brazill had a 13-yard reception to the 34 on a slant route.  Luck had another sack-fumble on third down.  McAfee punted 56 yards and after a short return, Tennessee had possession at its 27.

 

Fitzpatrick hit Wright for seven yards on first down.  Greene ran up the middle for five yards and a first down.  Greene picked his way through the middle for five more yards on first down, then worked for three more.  On third-and-two from midfield, Fitzpatrick hit Wright on a short sideline pass for a first down to the Colts’ 42.  Johnson swept right for five yards.  Landry made a nifty stop on a swing pass to Collin Mooney on second down, a four-yard loss.  On third-and-14 after a delay penalty, Fitzpatrick’s pass was broken up by Darius Butler.  Kern punted to the Colts’ 16.

 

Luck and DHB missed on an in route.  Luck was sacked for a 10-yard loss on second down.  On third-and-20 from his 7, Richardson ran up the middle for 11 yards.  McAfee punted to the Tennessee 30, 52 yards.

 

Pat Angerer is questionable to return with burner, Daniel Herron the same with a pectoral injury.

 

From his 27 after a kickoff return, Shonn Greene ran for three yards on first down.  Fitzpatrick hit Washington for a first down on an out pattern to the Tennessee 42, 12 yards.  Greene from the gun ran right for two yards.  Antoine Bethea defended a pass intended for Taylor Thompson on second down.  From the gun, Fitzpatrick misfired long to Thompson, with coverage by Bethea.  Kern punted 50 yards and after a Rainey return from the six, Indianapolis started at its 17.

 

After a Rainey KOR to the 16, Luck’s pass was batted down at the scrimmage line.  Luck and Brazill hit on a 17-yard completion to the 33.  Brown was stopped up the middle on first down for no gain.  Havili took a Luck pass and battered 19 yards to the Tennessee 48.  Tennessee was penalized 26 yards for pass interference on Da’Rick Rogers.  Brown lost five yards on a first-down rush.  From the gun, Luck and Hilton could not connect on a sideline intermediate route.  On third-and-15, Luck was incomplete toward Fleener.  Vinatieri hit a 45-yard field goal to re-gain the lead.  Colts 9, Titans 7.

 

On third-and-three from the 32, Fitzpatrick was incomplete to Hunter, but the Colts were called for holding.  Fitzpatrick kept for 16 yards up the middle.  Johnson was trapped for a yard loss on first down.  Johnson caught a second-down pass and took it to the Colts’ one for a first down.  Fitzpatrick sneaked the final yard 1:47 into the quarter.  Titans 7, Colts 6.

 

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FIRST QUARTER UPDATE

 

Johnson ran for five yards on first down, then Fitzpatrick his Delanie Walker for five yards and a first down at the 30.  Fitzpatrick and Walker missed on a first-down pass with Erik Walden and LaRon Landry in coverage and after Titans challenge, it was upheld.  Off play-action, Fitzpatrick hit Washington in single-coverage on the right sideline for 31 yards.  Johnson ran for one and six yards to end the quarter.   

 

Luck and Darrius Heyward-Bey hit on a crossing pattern for 23 yards to the Tennessee 39.  Alterraun Verner was flagged for interference on DHB on a sideline route, moving the Colts to the 31.  Richardson was stopped for a one-yard gain on first down.  George Wilson defended a pass to Fleener on second down.  On third-and-nine, Luck was pressured and threw incomplete into traffic.  Vinatieri hit a 48-yard field goal to end the drive.  Colts 6, Tennessee 0.

 

After a return to the 15, Fitzpatrick and Kendall Wright missed a first-down pass to the left.  They went back to the same play and hit for 14 yards and a first down.  Johnson ran off the right side for five yards.  Going no-huddle, Johnson hit for two more to bring up third-and-three.  From the gun, Fitzpatrick missed when Nate Washington fell down.  Kern’s punt was returned 18 yards by Chris Rainey as the Colts started their third possession at their 38.

 

Hilton took a short Luck pass in traffic for three yards to start the drive.  Brown swept left for three yards to bring up third-and-four.  From the shotgun, Luck hit Coby Fleener to the 39, 21 yards.  Luck and Fleener clicked again on first down to the Tennessee 45, 16 yards.  Brown ran up the gut for four yards on first down, then gained five yards.  On third down, Luck missed Stanley Havili out of the backfield.  On fourth-and-one, Richardson picked up the first down.  Luck and Brown hit for seven yards on a first-down pass, then Brown was trapped for a four-yard loss on a sweep.  Luck from the gun hit Brown on a crossing route that did not pick up the first down.  Adam Vinatieri hit a 47-yard field goal.  Colts 3, Titans 0.

 

Chris Johnson ran for three and one yard to start the drive.  Rayn Fitzpatrick and Justin Hunter missed on a crossing route to bring up fourth down.  Brett Kern’s punt was fair caught at the Colts’ 12.

 

After a touchback, Donald Brown gained two yards off right tackle.  After a false start, from the shotgun, Andrew Luck was incompleted to LaVon Brazill on a slant route.  On third-and-13, Tennessee jumped offsides.  Luck and T.Y. Hilton missed on a slant route, and Bernard Pollard picked off the tipped ball to give Tennessee possession at the Colts’ 43.

 

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

COLTS PRE-GAME REPORT

 

The roof and window will be closed for today’s game.

 

COLTS GAME-DAY DEACTIVATIONS:

 

CB-Josh Gordy

CB-Greg Toler

TE-Weslye Saunders

LB-Kavell Conner

LB-Cam Johnson

OG-Khaled Holmes

DT-Montori Hughes

 

EXPECTED LINEUP CHANGES FOR COLTS:

 

Darius Butler at LCB for Greg Toler.

Donald Brown at RB for Trent Richardson

Jeff Linkenbach at RT for Mike McGlynn

COLTS PRE-GAME NOTES:

 

From 1984-present, the Colts have earned a 249-225 (.525) 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 22.

 

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 26 straight games without consecutive losses to rank among the franchise best streaks.  Chuck Pagano has a 27-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

26

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

27

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 12 turnovers in 2013, tied for second-fewest in the NFL, and the club’s plus-four ratio (15:12) ranks tied for fourth in the AFC, tied for 13th in the NFL.

 

The Colts have been penalized 44 times in 2013, the fewest infractions in the NFL.  The Colts’ 402 penalty yards rank as the least in the NFL.

 

The Colts’ 50 punts in 2013 tie for eleventh-fewest in the NFL.

 

The Colts have 25 10-play drives.

 

The Colts have allowed only 45 points in the fourth quarter of games this year, tied for fourth-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 only undefeated team in 30-plus-rushing games during that span.

 

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

1-2

 

 

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 18-9 in his first 27 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 6,967 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

6,967

2012-13

Andrew Luck

Colts

 

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, four at Tennessee and eight at Arizona and has 896 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 91 consecutive starts.

 

Kicker Adam Vinatieri has scored in the last 156 consecutive games in which he has played.  He has scored in 110 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

794

281-284

4-4

50-51

57-68 (.838)

48-59 (.814)

12-21 (.571)

171-203 (.842)

Total

 

1,952

648-658

10-10

153-158

133-160 (.831)

118-158(.747)

20-38 (.526)

434-524 (.828)

 

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

 

Vinatieri has 524 career field goal attempts, 10th in NFL history (Jason Elam is ninth at 540). 

Vinatieri (794) 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 794 with the Colts, and 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 (1,952) 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 17 of his last 18 field goals and has hit 29 his last 30 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

565

1013

6967

38

79.4

 

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, St. Louis and Arizona and has topped the team in stops in 19-of-27 career games.  He has reached double digits in tackles in 21-of-27 games (13, 2012; eight, 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 (18, Calvin Johnson; 12, Brandon Marshall; 11, A.J. Green; 10, Andre Johnson; 10, Demaryius Thomas; 9, Hilton; 9, Victor Cruz; 9, Vincent Jackson; 9, 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 (5) ranks only behind Adrian Peterson (6) 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 (106.0) 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 32.5 against NFC teams.

 

Mathis has sacks in 81-of-158 career games and in 52-of-94 career starts.  Mathis has sacks against all 31 teams.

 

Mathis has sacks in 81 games, tying the most in Colts history (81, Dwight Freeney; 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 14.5 in 11 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 40 career sack-strips and is the NFL record-holder in that category since sacks became official in 1982 (39, Jason Taylor).

 

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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