Taking a look at the anatomy of the Colts scoring drives: Miami Edition

Posted Sep 16, 2013

Each week will take a look at the Colts touchdown drives. For Sunday, the offense piled up two drives in the Colts 24-20 defeat to the Miami Dolphins.

Here’s a look at the Colts two offensive touchdown drives on Sunday afternoon:

Coby Fleener’s 3-yard touchdown reception:

The scene:
Down 14-3, the Colts took over at their own 20-yard line with 2:54 left in the 1st quarter.

The anatomy of the drive:
10 plays, for 80 yards in 4:53.

Key play:
On the second play of the drive, it was the Stanford connection that made up half the yardage gained on the eventual touchdown drive. The Colts lined up in a three wide receiver set with tight end Coby Fleener lined up on the left side of the line of scrimmage. Andrew Luck found Fleener in between a soft spot in the Dolphins zone coverage defense. Then it was Fleener who did the rest stiff-arming Dolphins cornerback Reshad Jones for a 40-yard reception.

The score:
Fleener wasn’t done on the drive. On a second-and-goal from the three-yard line, the Colts came out in a trips receiver set (T.Y. Hilton, Fleener and Reggie Wayne from left-to-right) to the left of the line of scrimmage. Fleener ran a corner route and Luck put the ball right into the outstretched hands of his college tight end for the touchdown. For the game, Fleener caught four passes for 69 yards.

Ahmad Bradshaw’s 1-yard touchdown run

The scene:
Down 14-10, the Colts took over at their own 22-yard line with 2:42 left in the second quarter.

The anatomy of the drive:
6 plays, for 78 yards in 1:16. The drive began after each team had punted on their two previous possessions.

Key play:
The emphasis of getting T.Y. Hilton the ball had been talked about all week. Hilton set a career-high with 124 receiving yards and on a first-and-10 at the Colts 40-yard line, the second-year receiver added to his already extensive highlight reel. With man-to-man coverage by Brent Grimes, Hilton went over the Dolphins cornerback and took away a potential interception with a 40-yard reception. Hilton’s catch set up the Colts at the Dolphins 13-yard line with two minutes left in the first half.

The score:
After converting a third-and-two with a 4-yard rush, Ahmad Bradshaw would be called on again. On a first-and-goal from the Dolphins one-yard line, Bradshaw ran right behind the left side of the Colts offensive line (along with a pulling Mike McGlynn) to dive into the end zone. The touchdown for Bradshaw was his first with the Colts and the new running back finished Sunday’s game with 15 carries for 65 yards.


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