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Posted Nov 14, 2013

Colts-Titans Game Report



Colts 30, Tennessee 27

 

FOURTH QUARTER UPDATE

 

Bironas’ onside kick was recovered by Pat Angerer with 1:53 to go.  From the Titans’ 44, Luck took a knee.  He did it two more times to drain the clock.

 

After a touchback, Fitzpatrick hit Walker for four yards, then rushed himself for 15 yards.  Fitzpatrick hit Washington long over the middle for 42 yards to the Colts’ 19 at the two-minute warning.  Fitzpatrick hit Walker on a 19-yard scoring toss with 1:54 left.  Colts 30, Tennessee 27.

 

Brown ran for six yards off right guard on first down.  Brown rushed between right guard and tackle to the Indianapolis 49, a 17-yard gain.  Brown ran up the gut for eight yards.  Brown gained one yard to bring up third-and-one.  Havili picked up the first down off left tackle, getting to the Tennessee 38, four yards.  Richardson lost a yard on first down.  Fleener made a 14-yard reception for a first down to the Tennessee 25.  Richardson picked up four yards on first down, with Tennessee taking their second timeout with 3:14 left.  On second-and-six, Brown gained short yardage, but Tennessee roughed Luck to put the Colts on the Titans’ 10.  Brown was caught for a one-yard loss on first down.  Tennessee took its last timeout with 3:05 left.  Brown burst up the middle for the score with 3:01 to go.  Colts 30, Titans 20.

 

Vaughn broke up a first-down long pass, then Fitzpatrick hit Washington for a first down at the 20.  Johnson lost two yards on a first-down rush, then Fitzpatrick and Washington could not hit over the middle.  Wright took a Fitzpatrick pass 11 yards near a first down, but was short.  Kern punted 44 yards to the Colts’ 27, and Hilton lost a yard getting the ball out of bounds.

 

Brazill returned the kickoff to the 21.  Luck on a stretch play to the right hit Fleener for 39 yards to the left, putting the ball on the Tennessee 40.  Brown ran for two yards on first down, then Luck could not connect to Hilton.  On third-and-eight, Luck and Hilton could not hit on a sideline pass.  McAfee punted rugby-style to the Tennessee nine.

 

On first down from the 50, Fitzpatrick hit Wright on a crossing pattern for a first down to the Colts’ 39.  Johnson was caught for a one-yard gain by Walden on first down.  From the gun, Fitzpatrick’s pass was dropped by Craig Stevens.  On third-and-nine, Fitzpatrick hit Walker on a crossing route to the Colts’ 20.  After a holding call, Fitzpatrick hit Johnson on a screen, but the Colts dropped him for a two-yard loss.  From the gun with an empty backfield, Fitzpatrick hit Wright for 12 yards to the 20.  On third-and-10, Fitzpatrick and Wright were incomplete over the middle.  Bironas hit a 38-yard field goal to cut the deficit to three points.  Colts 23, Tennessee 20.

 

THIRD QUARTER UPDATE

 

After the Colts’ kickoff went out of bounds, Johnson gained five yards on first down.  Johnson then hit for two yards on a second-down rush.  Tennessee converted the third down with a three-yard Walker reception to midfield to end the period.

 

Richardson gained two yards on first down, then Luck hit Hilton for seven yards.  On third-and-one, Luck was able to pick up the first down with second effort on a sneak.  Richardson swept right for three yards.  Fleener picked up the first down with a leaping reception at the Tennessee 37.  Luck was under duress on first down and threw the ball away.  In the gun on second down, Fleener had a five-yard reception to bring up third-and five.  Luck and Whalen could not convert a reception on the right sideline.  Vinatieri hit a 50-yard field goal just inside the left upright to end the drive.  Colts 23, Tennessee 17.

 

Wylie returned the kickoff to the Tennessee 25.  Walker was caught for a two-yard loss on a first-down reception.  Walker made another reception to the Tennessee 28.  On third-and-six, Walden sacked Fitzpatrick to bring up a fourth down.  Kern punted 48 yards, with Hilton returning the kick 16 yards to the Colts’ 42.  It was the Colts’ first three-and-out.

 

Wylie fumbled the kickoff return, and Daniel Herron recovered the ball at the Tennessee 20.  Luck hit Stanley Havili, who had spotted up, for nine yards to the 11.  Luck faked a pass right and scooted 11 yards for the touchdown.  Colts 20, Tennessee 17.

 

After a Reed return to the 26, Luck hit Fleener for a first down to the Colts’ 42.  Richardson ran right for five yards.  On play-action, Luck tucked and ran for 13 yards.  Richardson ran off left guard for seven yards.  Richardson ran off left tackle for one yard.  Luck and Hilton converted a crossing route for a first down to the Tennessee 25.  Brown was caught for no yards running left on first down.  Fleener had a five-yard reception over the middle to bring up third-and-five.  From the gun, Luck hit Whalen on a short crossing route for a first down.  From the 14, Luck hit Hilton over the middle to the Tennessee six.  Brown swept left for the score, with a block from Samson Satele.  Tennessee 17, Colts 13. 

 

SECOND QUARTER UPDATE

 

After a touchback and with 2:32 and two timeouts, Luck hit Wes Saunders for 11 to the 31.  Saunders dropped a Luck pass on first down.  Luck under pressure overthrew Saunders over the middle.  On third-and-10 with 2:04 to go, Luck in the gun misfired to Hilton, but Tennessee was hit for interference.  On first down from the 40, Luck hit Brown on a pass in the backfield, and Brown took it to the Tennessee 46, 14 yards.  Luck and Hilton could not connect on first down.  DHB took a Luck pass for a first down to the 36.  In the gun, Luck hit Richardson for five yards to the 31.  Luck hit Fleener over the middle for 17 yards to the Tennessee 15, taking a timeout with 52 seconds left.  In the gun, Luck hit Hilton in the right flat, gaining six to the nine.  Luck was forced to scramble and throw the ball away on second down.  On third-and-five from the gun, Luck tucked the ball and ran, but was sacked at the 12.  Vinatieri hit a 30-yard field goal to end the half.  Tennessee 17, Colts 6.

 

Johnson gained nothing up the middle on first down.  Fitzpatrick and Wright gained nine yards on second down, and Johnson converted the first down off left tackle.  From the 33, Fitzpatrick in the gun hit Wright for short yardage, with Davis in coverage.  On second-and-five, Fitzpatrick hit and inside WR screen to Wright, with Robert Mathis making a key stop.  On third-and-two in the gun, the Colts were detected holding on a pass to Nate Washington, but Mathis was flagged for hitting Fitzpatrick late.  From the Colts’ 45, Greene gained no yards, but the Colts were flagged for a personal foul.  On first down from the Colts’ 30, Johnson swept right for four yards.  The Colts were flagged for a personal foul.  From the Colts’ 13, Johnson gained three yards.  Johnson was stacked up on second down for a yard loss.  On third-and-eight, Fitzpatrick scrambled out of bounds for a short gain.  Bironas hit a 25-yard field goal.  Tennessee 17, Colts 3.

 

Brown ran off right tackle for 15 yards to the Tennessee 39.  Luck and Hilton could not hit on a first-down pass.  In the gun, Luck and LaVon Brazill missed on a short slant route, with Alterraun Verner in coverage.  On third-and-10, Luck from the gun with an empty backfield missed Fleener.  Tennessee blitzed with pressure up the middle.  McAfee punted for a touchback as the Colts could not kill the ball at the goal-line.

 

Starting from their 20 after a kickoff return, Shonn Greene ran left for four yards.  Greene ran up the gut to the 29, bringing up third-and-one.  In the gun, Fitzpatrick tried a quick slant to Wright, and the pass was incomplete.  Cassius Vaughn had tight coverage.  Brett Kern punted 25 yards out of bounds at the Colts’ 46.

 

Starting with a first-and-five at the Tennessee 41, in the jumbo package Indianapolis tried a flea-flicker and Luck rushed to the Titans’ 38.  On second-and-two under center, Brown ran right and came up short of the first down.  On third-and-one, Luck quick sneaked for the first down.  Luck went deep across the middle but Darrius Heyward-Bey (DHB) could not make the catch.  After a false start move the Colts back to the 40, Luck and Richardson clicked on a short pass to the left, gaining seven yards.  On third-and-eight, Luck scrambled right after not finding a receiver, reaching the 30.  Adam Vinatieri hit a 48-yard field goal to end the drive.  Tennessee 14, Colts 3.

 

FIRST QUARTER UPDATE

 

Starting a drive from the five, Luck hit Richardson on a screen to the 18 for a first down.  Under center, Luck rolled right and hit Richardson again for no gain.  Richardson had a five-yard reception to bring up a third-and-five.  In the gun, Luck hit T.Y. Hilton on a short out route and Hilton moved to the Colts’ 41, 17 yards.  Donald Brown ran off the left side for nine yards on first down.  Brown picked up the first down off right guard, gaining four yards to the Tennessee 46.  Tennessee was offsides to end the first quarter.

 

Johnson rank for nine yards to start the drive.  Johnson ran up the middle for a first down, reaching the Tennessee 47, a gain of six.  In the no-huddle from the shotgun and with five receivers, Fitzpatrick scrambled for two yards.  Vontae Davis made a tackle on Wright for a short gain, but Fitzpatrick hit Walker for a first down to the Colts’ 36, 14 yards.  Fitzpatrick in the gun hit Walker on another crossing route for seven yards.  Johnson ran for four yards and first down at the Colts’ 25. Fitzpatrick ran from the shotgun to the 20.  On second-and-five, Johnson ran wide right from the shotgun and gained the first down to the Colts’ 15.  Under center on first down, Johnson ran left for eight yards to the seven.  Johnson then ran seven yards for his second touchdown.  Tennessee 14, Colts 0.

 

David Reed returned Rob Bironas’ kickoff to the Colts’ 25.  Richardson ran off left tackle with the Colts in a jumbo package and gained one yard.  Andrew Luck hit Coby Fleener for short yardage on a quick-hitter, putting the Colts in a third-and-six.  In the shotgun, Luck and Griff Whalen could not connect for a first down.  McAfee punted 43 yards, and Devon Wylie returned the kick to the Titans’ 32.

 

McAfee had a touchback to open the game.  Cory Redding sacked Ryan Fitzpatrick on the first play, then Fitzpatrick hit Delanie Walker to the 29 to bring up a third-and-one.  From the shotgun, Walker had a first-down reception to the 41.  In the no-huddle, Fitzpatrick was incomplete over the middle.  Chris Johnson ran left for one yard.  On third-and-nine, Kendall Wright made a short reception and gained a first down with yards after the catch, 17 yards.  Wright caught another Fitzpatrick pass and took it to the Colts’ 30 for 11 yards.  Johnson burst off right tackle and went 30 yards for the score.  Tennessee 7, Colts 0.

 

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

 

COLTS GAME-DAY DEACTIVATIONS:

 

WR-Da’Rick Rogers

S-Delano Howell

CB-Josh Gordy

CB-Greg Toler

LB-Kelvin Sheppard

OG-Khaled Holmes

DT-Montori Hughes

 

 

EXPECTED LINEUP CHANGES FOR COLTS:

 

Cassius Vaughn at LCB for Greg Toler.

COLTS PRE-GAME NOTES:

 

From 1984-present, the Colts have earned a 248-224 (.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 12 of its last 13 games decided by seven points or less, 4-1 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 24 straight games without consecutive losses to rank among the franchise best streaks.  Chuck Pagano has a 25-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

24

09/06/12

Present

Chuck Pagano

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

25

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 45-3 since 1998 in games without a turnover.  Since 2000, the team is 42-2 in such outings.

 

The Colts have only 11 turnovers in 2013, tied for fourth-fewest in the NFL, and the club’s plus-three ratio (14:11) ranks fourth in the AFC, 11th in the NFL.

 

The Colts have been penalized 33 times in 2013, the fewest infractions in the NFL.  The Colts’ 262 penalty yards rank as the least in the NFL.

 

The Colts’ 42 punts in 2013 tie for 11th-fewest in the NFL.

 

The Colts have 19 10-play drives.

 

The Colts have allowed only 29 points in the fourth quarter of games this year, 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 10-0 in games with 30-plus rushes.  The Colts are one of three teams (minimum five games) during that span with an undefeated record (10-0, Colts; 10-0, Denver; 7-0, 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

 

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

0-1

 

 

 

COLTS ALL-TIME THURSDAY GAMES (*Thanksgiving)

Date

Result

Opponent

Network

11/25/65

24-24 T

@Detroit*

CBS

12/05/96

37-10 W

Philadelphia

ESPN

10/25/01

35-28 W

@Kansas City

ESPN

09/09/04

24-27 L

@New England

ABC

11/25/04

41-9  W

@Detroit*

CBS

09/06/07

41-10 W

New Orleans

NBC

11/22/07

31-13 W

@Atlanta*

NFLN

12/18/08

31-24 W

@Jacksonville

NFLN

12/17/09

35-31 W

@Jacksonville

NFLN

12/09/10

30-28 W

@Tennessee

NFLN

12/22/11

19-16 W

Houston

NFLN

11/08/12

27-10 W

@Jacksonville

NFLN

OVERALL RECORD:  10-1-1

 

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 17-8 in his first 25 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 6,572 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 and five vs. St. Louis and has 884 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 89 consecutive starts.

 

Kicker Adam Vinatieri has scored in the last 154 consecutive games in which he has played.  He has scored in 108 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

779

278-281

4-4

49-50

56-67 (.836)

47-58 (.810)

11-20 (.550)

167-199 (.839)

Total

 

1,937

645-655

10-10

152-157

132-159 (.830)

117-157(.745)

19-37 (.514)

430-520 (.827)

 

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

 

Vinatieri has 520 career field goal attempts, 10th in NFL history (Jason Elam is ninth at 540).  Vinatieri (779) is in third-place in Colts career scoring (995, Mike Vanderjagt; 783, Dean Biasucci; 778, Marvin Harrison).

 

Vinatieri has 1,158 points with New England and with 779 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 (1,937) 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 13 of his last 14 field goals and has hit 26 his last 27 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

522

938

6572

37

80.1

 

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-25 career games.  He has reached double digits in tackles in 19-of-25 games (13, 2012; six, 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 (15, Calvin Johnson; 11, Brandon Marshall; 10, A.J. Green; 9, Hilton; 9, Andre Johnson; 9, Demaryius Thomas; 8, Dez Bryant; 8, Victor Cruz; 8, Vincent Jackson).

 

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-155 career games and in 51-of-91 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 nine games

 

He has 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-Dwight Freeney; 111, 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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