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Anatomy Of The Drives: Ravens Edition

Intro: The “Anatomy Of The Drives” series is back. Here’s a look at the two touchdown drives the Colts had in a 20-13 victory over the Ravens on Sunday afternoon.






Dwayne Allen's six-yard touchdown catchThe scene: Leading 6-3 with 13:20 to play in the third quarter, the Colts took over at the Ravens 33-yard line.The anatomy of the drive: 7 plays for 33 yards in 2:47.Key play: It's fitting the key play on this drive came via the defense. The Ravens had a third-and-11 at their own 45-yard line. The Colts showed seven potential rushers at the line of scrimmage, but dropped two of those. Safety Sergio Brown did come through and his pressure forced an early throw from Joe Flacco. Vontae Davis read the play perfectly and stepped right in front of receiver Torrey Smith for the interception. The 29-yard return by Davis was crucial, too, considering the Colts struggles in Ravens territory all afternoon.The score: Playing against the top red zone defense in all of football, the Colts knew it would be tough sledding finding the end zone on Sunday. On this drive, the Colts looked destined for another field goal when they faced a third-and-goal from the six-yard line. Dwayne Allen lined up as a tight end on the right side of the formation and the play had the feel to several Ahmad Bradshaw touchdowns this year with the running back running into the right flat. However, it was just a play action and when Bradshaw stayed into block, Allen snuck to the left side of the field. Reggie Wayne, who lined up as a receiver to the left, cleared out that side of the field with a crossing route and that left for an open Allen. The touchdown was the fourth of the season for the Colts third-year tight end.


Andrew Luck's 13-yard touchdown runThe scene:Leading 13-6 with 13:56 to play in the fourth quarter, the Colts took over at their own 20-yard line.The anatomy of the drive:8 plays for 80 yards in 5:00.Key play:I'll go with a pair of key plays on this drive, both coming from the Colts starting tight ends. On the first one, the Colts had a first-and-14 at their own 16-yard line. Coby Fleener got free release off the line of scrimmage and found a soft spot deep in the Ravens zone. Andrew Luck did a very solid of job of stepping up in the pocket and finding a wide open Fleener for 30 yards. Then two plays later, following an errant snap, the Colts had a second-and-20 at the Indianapolis 36-yard line. Indy went five-wide and it was another solid protection for Luck. Allen did a great job side-stepping Daryl Smith and then Luck threw a beautiful pass over the outstretched hands of C.J. Mosley and right to Allen for a 28-yard gain.The score:** Converting trips in Baltimore territory into touchdowns were a tall order for the Colts on Sunday and here Luck just took matters into his own hands. The Colts were facing a second-and-nine and Luck was in the shotgun with four receivers and Trent Richardson to the left of him. A small hole opened up to Luck's left but there didn't seem to be enough room to get into the end zone. However, Luck once again showed off his legs and bounced off tackles from Darian Stewart and Matt Elam to dive into the end zone for his 11th career rushing score.

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