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Browns-Colts Game Report

Browns-Colts Game Report





Colts 17, Cleveland 13


Indianapolis could not convert on a third-and-one and punt to Cleveland.  The Browns took possession at their 31 with 4:08 to go.

Cleveland failed on a deep throw on third-and-one from the Colts' 41 and punted on fourth down after a time out.  Indianapolis took control with 6:31 to go.

Luck was sacked at midfield with 7:25 to go on a third-and-short.  He fumbled, giving Cleveland possession on the 50.

The Colts re-took possession at their 19 with 10:38 left after the club held Cleveland without a first down.

Cleveland punted on the second play of the quarter, and Indianapolis started its sixth possession at its 37-yard line.  The club was unable to move and McAfee punted 57 yards into the end zone with 13:20 remaining.


The Colts defense produced its first three-and-out, and Indianapolis re-took possession at its 24. Indianapolis had a three-and-out of its own.  After a special teams penalty, its third, Cleveland took over at its 16.

Indianapolis converted a third down and fourth down on a possession that reached the Cleveland 19-yard line.  Kicker Adam Vinatieri hit a 38-yard field goal for a 17-13 lead.  The drive was 17 plays, 61 yards and took 8:34 time of possession.

Cleveland scored quickly in the third quarter, driving 80 yards on six plays.  The drive that took 3:07 ended when Weeden hit Josh Gordon on a 33-yard touchdown.  Cleveland converted the PAT to make the count 14-13.


Cleveland drove to its 46-yard and threw a desperation pass that failed to end the half.

Indianapolis drove to midfield before punting with 1:42 left.  McAfee's punt was downed at the Cleveland 11-yard line.  The Colts converted a fourth-and-one from its 23-yard line with a neutral zone violation on an attempted offensive snap with 2:56 left in the half.

Cleveland was unable to sustain a drive on its second drive, punting to the Colts.  Indianapolis started its third drive at its 14-yard line.

The Colts drove 76 yards on 14 plays to take a 14-6 lead.  Luck carried across from five yards out to end the drive.  Donnie Avery, Reggie Wayne and Coby Fleener had third-down receptions that produced first downs on the drive.  This marked the third time in Colts history a quarterback rushed for two touchdowns in one game.  Luck joined Bert Jones (10/20/74 at NY Jets; nine and 32 yards) and Ricky Turner (12/4/88 at Miami; two one-yard runs) as the Colts quarterbacks to do so.  Luck has three rushing scores on the year, joining George Shaw (1955), John Unitas (1958), Bert Jones (1975), Chris Chandler (1988), Don Majkowski (1994) and Peyton Manning (2007) with three in one year, while Jones (1974) and Manning (2001, 06) did so four times in a season to set the club record.

The Browns concluded a long drive when Greg Little snared a 14-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Weeden 59 seconds in the second quarter.  It was the game's second possession, and Cleveland moved 90 yards on 16 plays for the score.  The drive took 8:22 off the clock.  Cleveland reached the Indianapolis one-yard line before the defense stiffened and a penalty set Cleveland back.  The point after attempt failed.

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Cleveland drove to the Indianapolis one-yard line on an extended possession as the quarter ended.

The Colts drove 80 yards in 11 plays with their opening possession to take a 7-0 lead on a crisp possession that took 7:23.  Andrew Luck scored on a three-yard run to complete the march.  Luck was four-of-four passing for 67 yards, hitting four different receivers.  Rookie running back Vick Ballard had five rushes for 18 yards and a 19-yard reception on the drive.  Luck is the 13th Colts quarterback with multiple rushing touchdowns in a season.

Indianapolis received the opening kickoff.


The roof and window for Lucas Oil Stadium are open.


CB-Darius Butler

RB-Donald Brown

NT-Martin Tevaseu

OG-Joe Reitz

DE-Cory Redding

DE-Fili Moala

LB-Robert Mathis


Vick Ballard starts at RB for Donald Brown

Jerrell Freeman starts at WLB for Pat Angerer

Jerry Hughes starts at SLB for Robert Mathis

Drake Nevis starts at DT for Fili Moala

Ricardo Mathews starts at DE for Cory Redding


Today's game marks the 83rd straight sellout for the Colts, and the team has sold out 117 of the last 118 games.  There never has been a game in Lucas Oil Stadium that was not sold out.

The Colts enter Sunday's game with 25 October victories since 2002, the fourth-most in the NFL (33, New England; 30, New York Giants; 26, Pittsburgh).

Indianapolis has won five of the past six series meetings and all seven of the last meetings have been decided by eight points or less.  The series is tied, 4-4, in Indianapolis, while the Colts are 4-0 in Cleveland Browns Stadium.

After Cleveland, the Colts have three of the next four games on the road.

The Colts had four 100-yard receivers to start the 2012 season – Reggie Wayne (twice), Donnie Avery and T.Y. Hilton.  It was the first time in franchise history the team opened a season with four such performances, and the Colts were the only team to do it in the league this year.

Andrew Luck needs one more 300 game to tie Peyton Manning's (4, 1998) club and NFL record for the most by a rookie quarterback.  He currently is tied with Cam Newton (3, 2011) for second-most.  Robert Griffin III and Brandon Weeden enter today's games with two each.

Luck joined Cam Newton as the only players with three 300 games in the first four games of a career. 

This is the first of consecutive home games Luck will face quarterbacks who were taken in the first round of this year's draft – Cleveland's Brandon Weeden; Miami's Ryan Tannehill.  The first two home games Luck played in featured quarterbacks who were taken in last year's first round – Minnesota's Christian Ponder; Jacksonville's Blaine Gabbert.  In preseason, Luck shared the same field with Washington's Robert Griffin III, the second pick in this year's first round.

Luck is the first NFL rookie to pass for 1,200 yards and record at least two wins in his team's first four games. 

Reggie Wayne has receptions in 101 straight games.  He leads active NFL receivers with 178 career games played.  Wayne (145) is one of six Colts ever to start more than 100 consecutive games (208, Peyton Manning; 115, C-Ken Mendenhall; 104, DE-Fred Cook; 102, DB-Jason Belser; 101, OT-Tarik Glenn).  He has played in 171 straight games, the league's best streak by a WR.

Wayne (903, 12,301) is 14th in NFL career receptions.  The player ahead of Wayne is Torry Holt (920, 13th).  He is 16th in NFL reception yards.  Next on the yardage list is Art Monk (12,721, 15th). 

Against New York, Wayne became the 14th NFL player with 900 career receptions.

Against Green Bay, Wayne (13-212, 1 TD) produced his highest yardage day (200 vs. Dallas 12/5/10) and became the first Colts receiver with two career 200 regular-season games.  His yardage ranked only behind Raymond Berry (224 at Washington 11/10/57) and it was the fifth 200 game in club regular-season history (224, Berry; 212, Wayne; 210, Roger Carr at NY Jets 10/24/76; 203, Reggie Langhorne at Washington 11/7/93; 200, Wayne).  Wayne became only the seventh player since 1990 to have a 200 game in a 10th career season or later (James Lofton, Irving Fryar, Jerry Rice, Shannon Sharpe, Rod Smith, Terrell Owens (2), Wayne (2)).

He earned the AFC Offensive Player-of-the-Week honors for the first time in his career.

The Colts are 28-12 when Wayne tops 100 reception yards, 19-12 when he has at least eight receptions, 53-13 when he scores a touchdown.

Wayne (75) needs one touchdown to move past Edgerrin James for third-most in Colts history (128, Marvin Harrison; 113, Lenny Moore).

Wayne has 12,301 career scrimmage yards, second in Colts history (14,608, Marvin Harrison; 12,065, Edgerrin James).

The Green Bay game was Wayne's 15th with 10 receptions, one behind Marvin Harrison's club record.  Jerry Rice (17) is the all-time leader, while Wes Welker (16) is tied with Harrison for second-most.  Wayne is tied with Andre Johnson (16) for fourth-most.  Wayne (2007-08) is tied with Johnson (2008) and Brett Perriman (1995) for the NFL lead with three straight games with 10 catches.  Welker enters today's game with 10 receptions in two straight games. 

Against Green Bay, Wayne became the 16th NFL player with 40 career 100 games (76, Jerry Rice; 64, Randy Moss (active); 59, Marvin Harrison, 51, Terrell Owens; 50, Don Maynard; 47, Torry Holt; 47, Michael Irvin; 46, Jimmy Smith; 45, Isaac Bruce; 43, Tim Brown; 43, James Lofton; 42, Cris Carter; 41, Lance Alworth; 40, Steve Largent; 40, Steve Smith (active)).  Rice, Maynard, Irvin, Lofton, Alworth and Largent are Hall-of-Famers.

Antoine Bethea has 42 tackles this season and has 733 for his career.  Bethea is one of seven Indianapolis Colts to top 700 career tackles (1,149 Jeff Herrod; 1,052, Duane Bickett; 785, Jason Belser; 754, Gary Brackett, 744, Eugene Daniel).

Kicker Adam Vinatieri has scored in the last 135 consecutive games.  His 53-yard field goal with eight seconds left against Minnesota was the 24th game-winning kick of his career.

Linebacker Jerrell Freeman has topped the club in tackles in each of the first five games.  Freeman had 13 at Chicago, 18 vs. Minnesota, 16 vs. Jacksonville, 11 vs. Green Bay and 19 at New York, and he was involved in takeaways in two of the first three outings – scoring interception return at Chicago; forced fumble against Minnesota.  Freeman is the first Colts undrafted player ever to return an interception for a touchdown in a career debut, and was the first to do so in the since 1987 (LB-Peter Noga; DB-Paul Tripoli).

Against Jacksonville, T.Y. Hilton became the first NFL rookie receiver this year to post a 100-yard game when he had 113 yards against Jacksonville 9/23.

Linebacker Dwight Freeney (103.5) has recorded sacks against 27 of 31 teams.  Detroit, the club's opponent on 12/2, is one of four teams Freeney has not produced a sack against.  Freeney has 25 career multiple-sack games, including five three-plus sack games.  He has sacked 51 different quarterbacks.  Freeney has seven of the 17 double-digit sack seasons in club history.

Linebacker Robert Mathis (88.5) has sacks in seven straight games.  In 2005, he set and NFL record with sacks in eight consecutive games to start a season.  Mathis has 20 career multiple-sack games, including two three-plus sack games.  Mathis has four of the 17 double-digit sack seasons in club history.

The Colts are 25-8 when Freeney and Mathis combine for sacks.  The each produced 10 sacks in 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2010 to set the NFL mark for most seasons with teammates doing so together.  They surpassed Reggie White and Clyde Simmons.  They have combined for 20-plus sacks in five different seasons (26.5, 2004; 22.5, 2005; 22.0, 2008; 23.0, 2009; 21.0, 2010).

Colts Head Coach Chuck Pagano was the secondary coach with Cleveland from 2001-04, while Interim Head Coach Bruce Arians was the offensive coordinator from 2001-03.

Bruce Arians is the fifth interim head coach in club history (1972, John Sandusky, nine; 1974, Joe Thomas, 11; 1984, Hal Hunter, one; 1991, Rick Venturi, 11 games).  Ron Meyer succeeded Rod Dowhower in 1986, but he was not an interim head coach.  In beating Green Bay, Arians was the only Colts interim coach to win his first game. 

Browns Offensive Coordinator Brad Childress served with Indianapolis in an offensive capacity in 1985.

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