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Anatomy Of The Drives: Browns Edition

Intro: The “Anatomy Of The Drives” series is back. Here’s a look at the three touchdown drives the Colts had in their 25-24 comeback victory over Cleveland.






Andrew Luck's 11-yard touchdown runThe scene: Down 7-0 with 8:50 to go in the second quarter, the Colts took over at their own 30-yard line.The anatomy of the drive: 6 plays for 70 yards in 2:53.Key play:It was a sluggish start to say the least for the Colts offense on Sunday. They punted on five of their first six possessions with Andrew Luck getting stripped in the end zone on the other drive. This drive finally got things started with four first downs. A Boom Herron catch of 26 yards was the longest play of the day up to this point and just showed another way in how this running back can contribute to the offense. In the first half on Sunday, Herron had four catches for 45 yards.The score: With the Colts offense struggling early on Sunday, Luck's legs really ignited things on this drive. The Colts were still searching for their first third-down conversion when they faced this third-and-eight. Luck's scramble here wasn't due to poor protection from the offensive line. Things were covered down field and the middle seemed to open up for the Colts quarterback. Luck made a terrific move in sidestepping linebacker Chris Kirkley before getting into the end zone for his 12th career rushing touchdown.**

T.Y. Hilton's 42-yard touchdown catch from Andrew LuckThe scene:Down 21-10 with 5:40 left in the third quarter, the Colts took over at their own 46-yard line.The anatomy of the drive:6 plays for 54 yards in 1:39.Key play:An Adam Vinatieri 51-yard field goal kept the Colts within striking distance in the third quarter and the defense took it from there. Following another three-and-out by the defense, the Colts started at their own 46-yard line. On this drive, Trent Richardson picked up a third-and-one that allowed Indianapolis to string together yet another scoring drive. Richardson didn't have a huge day from a production standpoint but he did bounce back with 4.3 yards per carry on his seven rushing attempts.The score:Last year it seemed like every time the Colts needed a real spark, Robert Mathis made a play. In 2014, T.Y. Hilton has filled that role. Here the Colts faced a third-and-10 with Pro Bowl corner Joe Haden lined up across from Hilton on the short side of the field. Despite Haden's success early against Hilton, Andrew Luck clearly is looking in the direction of No. 13. The duo is once again on the same page with Hilton making a nice adjustment to the back shoulder throw before eluding the Cleveland secondary into the end zone.

T.Y. Hilton's one-yard touchdown catch from Andrew LuckThe scene:Down 24-19 with 3:46 to play in the fourth quarter, the Colts took over at their own 10-yard line.The anatomy of the drive:11 plays for 90 yards in 3:14.Key play:There were several key plays on this game-winning drive but the third-down conversion from Donte Moncrief was massive. Facing a third-and-seven at their own 13-yard line, Moncrief extended for a 27-yard grab and gave the offense some major momentum early in the drive. It would have been interesting to see what the Colts would have done if they hadn't picked up the third down with just less than three minutes remaining. Moncrief has impacted games in several ways this year but this was by far the most critical moment the rookie has shown up big in this year.The score:** After the game, Hilton called this touchdown a "freelance" type play. Looking at the replay, you can see that this wasn't the smoothest of rub patterns. With one shoe on, Hilton runs an out pattern out of the slot with Joe Haden lined up across him. Reggie Wayne helps to distract Haden with a crossing pattern, which cleared enough room for Hilton. It was a pretty subdued 'T-Y' celebration by Hilton's standards but there's no doubting the impact this score had in the Colts moving one game closer to clinching the AFC South.

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