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Colts Deliver With Aggressive Game Plan In Victory Versus Packers

Intro: The Colts went into Green Bay on Sunday knowing an aggressive game plan had to be executed to leave victorious.


INDIANAPOLIS – A passive approach was not going to fly with Rob Chudzinski in Week Nine.

From high atop Lambaeu Field, the Colts' offensive coordinator was prepared to have his offense dictating things against one of the league's best defenses.

The Colts were coming to win this game, and their play calling backed that up.

"We knew we were going to be aggressive," Chuck Pagano said after the Colts' 31-26 victory over the Packers.

"We wanted to be very aggressive."

Chud and the offense were coming off a very inconsistent performance the week prior in a loss to Kansas City.

His offensive line was starting its sixth different group through nine weeks of the season.

But with a fully stocked skill group, Chud was ready to push that pedal to the floor.

With the offense accounting for 24 of the team's 31 points, it was a balanced offensive attack that forced Green Bay to play catch up all day long.

"Chud called a fantastic game," quarterback Andrew Luck said afterwards. "And I think guys executed.

"Beyond that I think we are going to see some really good things (going forward)."

The final drive of Sunday's first half should be a "how to" tape on properly finishing off a half.

Starting from their own four-yard line with 5:44 left in the second quarter, the Colts converted a trio of third downs while the clock management matched the impressive march down the field.

Luck showed no signs of panic, approaching the line of scrimmage for a 1st-and-Goal from the eight-yard line with the clock ticking less than 30 seconds.

A back-shoulder check to Donte Moncrief for an eight-yard touchdown capped the Colts' best offensive drive of 2016 and sent the visitors into half with a two-touchdown lead.

"We just kept our foot on the gas," Moncrief said after his second touchdown in as many weeks since returning from the shoulder injury.

"No more holding on we talked about. Keep the foot on the gas and go win the game."

A lull for the offense did creep into the picture in the second half.

Punts on three of their first four drives post-halftime had Green Bay gnawing at the Colts' feet.

Leading 31-26 with 3:29 remaining, Chud's offense had one final chance to slam the door shut.

Going up against the NFL's 2nd ranked run defense, the Colts knew that through the air was going to have to be the likely route to finish this one off.

Two first downs were needed.

The first came on a 3rd-and-10 with Green Bay swarming Luck.

It was a vintage escape by Luck to avoid a would-be sack from Green Bay safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. The slippery Luck then found a sliding Jack Doyle for a 20-yard conversion.

Risking an incompletion and a clock stoppage was the furthest thing from Chud's mind.

"I had a route with a little bit of a double move," Doyle explained of his critical third-down snag. "They do a really good job of disguising coverage, showing stuff late. I was kind of trying to figure that out. I got past the defender, found an open area and just made sure I caught it.

"That's awesome for Chud to have confidence in us to go do that."

One more conversion was still needed.

With 2:21 remaining, the Colts had a 3rd-and-2 from the Green Bay 47-yard line.

When Anthony Castonzo heard the call, a heavy protection look with Frank Gore and Doyle staying in to block, the left tackle felt really good.

"I'm like, 'Okay, we are about to get this and the game is going to be over,'" Castonzo said once Luck announced the orders in the huddle.

"I didn't know where the ball was going, but I just knew what the protection was. Typically when we are in short yardage and we call that, good things happen."

The line did its part, allowing T.Y. Hilton to win his one-on-one matchup and for Luck to deliver a 27-yard completion.

Game. Set. Match.

Not many teams go into Lambeau Field having the chance to win a game like that late.

And Chud wasn't about to let such a precious opportunity slip away.

"Chud doesn't care," Castonzo said of the aggressive nature bypassing the typical plans for clock-eating drives.

"He just wants to win game."

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