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Anatomy Of The Drives: Panthers Edition

Intro: The “Anatomy Of The Drives” series is back. Here’s a look at the two touchdown drives the Colts had in their 29-26, overtime loss to the Panthers on Sunday afternoon.



Andre Johnson's 18-yard touchdown catch from Andrew LuckThe scene: Down 23-6 with 10:40 left in the fourth quarter, the Colts took over at their own 14-yard line.The anatomy of the drive: 8 plays for 86 yards, in 3:40.Key play: On Monday night, Andre Johnson made several critical catches in the final quarter. On this touchdown drive, the Colts faced a second-and-10 after the drive started with a couple of first downs. Andrew Luck drove one down the seam to Johnson and the 13-year veteran made a tough grab, high-pointing the football for 30 yards in traffic and absorbing a big hit from Panthers safety Kurt Coleman.The score: Luck was finally in a rhythm on the latter stages of this drive. The Colts had a second-and-one at the Panthers 18-yard line and it was time to take an end zone shot. The Colts had Johnson in the left slot with Donte Moncrief out wide, to the left of Johnson. It wasn't the prettiest ball you will ever see Luck throw but it gave Johnson a chance. The 6-3, 220-pound Johnson did a terrific job of positioning himself back to the football and making a play on it for his third touchdown of the season.**

Coby Fleener's eight-yard touchdown catch form Andrew LuckThe scene:Down 23-13 with 4:41 to go in the fourth quarter, the Colts took over at their own 43-yard line.The anatomy of the drive:8 plays for 57 yards in 2:14.Key play:While a 20-yard catch to Johnson, on a third-and-10, was definitely a highlight on this touchdown drive, the Indianapolis defense was the real reason why this drive even happened. When the Colts defense had to defend a normal length field on Monday night, the unit was very effective in forcing punts. The defense's play in the fourth quarter kept hope on the visiting sideline.The score: **On this touchdown, Fleener did a nice job working to the inside of Panthers' Pro Bowl-caliber linebacker Thomas Davis. With Fleener fighting, and eventually wining to the inside of Davis, Luck had a clear window down the middle. Luck's throw was in a place only Fleneer could catch it and the touchdown cut the Panthers lead to just 23-20 with a little more than two minutes remaining. 

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