The Indianapolis Colts concluded the 2013 campaign with an 11-5 regular season record, while earning their first AFC South Division title since 2010. The team also won its first playoff game since the 2009 season, defeating the Kansas City Chiefs, 45-44, in an AFC Wild Card game.
Indianapolis notched its 13th 10-win season in the past 15 years, which is the most of any team since 1999. The Colts posted a perfect 6-0 division record for the first time since 2009 and claimed their eighth AFC South title since the division was formed in 2002, which is the second-most division titles of any NFL team during that span.
In addition, the Colts became the first team to finish a season with the least amount of turnovers (14) and penalties (66) since the 2002 Kansas City Chiefs. Their turnover and fumbles lost (four) totals were franchise lows for a season.
Indianapolis overcame numerous injuries throughout the season as 17 players were placed on Injured Reserve, including starters such as tight end Dwayne Allen, running backs Vick Ballard and Ahmad Bradshaw, guard Donald Thomas and wide receiver Reggie Wayne. A total of 73 players took at least one snap for the Colts this season, which led the NFL.
Offensively, quarterback Andrew Luck completed 343-of-570 passes for 3,822 yards, 23 touchdowns, nine interceptions and an 87.0 passer rating. From his rookie year, he cut his interception total in half while increasing his passer rating by 10.5 points. Wide receiver T.Y. Hilton posted his first career 1,000-yard season, leading the team with 82 catches for 1,083 yards and five touchdowns. Tight end Coby Fleener doubled his receiving totals from 2012, catching 52 passes for 608 yards and four touchdowns. Running back Donald Brown registered a career-high six rushing touchdowns while contributing his first two receiving touchdowns of his career.
Defensively, outside linebacker Robert Mathis earned the NFL’s inaugural Deacon Jones Award after leading the league with a career-high and franchise-record 19.5 sacks. Inside linebackerJerrelFreeman led the team in tackles (169) for the second straight year and posted career highs in sacks (5.5), forced fumbles (seven) and interceptions (two).
On special teams, kicker Adam Vinatieri recorded the second-highest point total of his career (139) and became the seventh player in NFL history to score 2,000 career points. Punter Pat McAfee set a franchise single-season record with 27 punts pinned inside the 20-yard line.
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