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Anatomy Of The Drives: Buccaneers Edition

Intro: The “Anatomy Of The Drives” series is back. Here’s a look at the two touchdown drives the Colts had in their 25-12 victory over the Buccaneers.



T.Y. Hilton's 19-yard touchdown catch from Matt HasselbeckThe scene: Down 12-9 with 8:27 left in the third quarter, the Colts took over at the Tampa Bay 46-yard line.The anatomy of the drive: 3 plays for 46 yards, in 1:05.Key play: This game quickly turned in the Colts favor. The Colts dominated field position and this drive started at the Bucs 46-yard line after a 20-yard return from Quan Bray. This drive moved in a hurry when the Colts faced a second-and-15 from midfield. Matt Hasselbeck found Donte Moncrief for 31 yards letting the Colts go up-tempo for the Hilton touchdown coming up. The score: After the game, ESPN Stats & Info complied numbers that showed Matt Hasselbeck's 17 play-action pass attempts on Sunday was an NFL high this season. We see one of those attempts here with the Colts hiking the ball relatively quickly after the chunk play to Moncrief. Dwayne Allen's seam route down the middle of the field froze the Bucs safety, and Hasselbeck's eyes scanned from left to right, finding a wide open Hilton for the Colts first touchdown of the day.**

T.Y. Hilton's three-yard touchdown catch from Matt HasselbeckThe scene:Leading 19-12 with 13:23 left in the fourth quarter, the Colts took over at their own 24-yard line.The anatomy of the drive:15 plays for 76 yards in 7:30.Key play:Half of the Colts six scoring drives on Sunday lasted at least 11 plays. This 15-play touchdown drive was spearheaded by an outstanding day from Donte Moncrief. On this drive, Moncrief had four of his team-leading eight catches go for first downs. All eight of Moncrief's catches on Sunday went for first downs and all of them came on Colts scoring drives. After 11 games, Moncrief leads the Colts with 52 catches (T.Y. Hilton has 51).The score: **It looked like the Colts were going to have to settle for a field goal, but a penalty on Bucs safety Chris Conte sent the offense back onto the field. The offense didn't waste too long punching it into the end zone. T.Y. Hilton ran a crisp out route against Tampa cornerback Jude Adjei-Barimah. Matt Hasselbeck couldn't have place the ball better in a tight window. This was Hilton's fifth touchdown of the season, tying him with Donte Moncrief for the team lead.

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