Colts-Jets Game Report

Colts-Jets Game Report





New York Jets 35, Colts 9


Greene scored on a two-yard run to end the short drive.  The tally made the score 35-9 with 1:05 remaining.  There was no further scoring.

New York moved for one first down and took two minutes off the clock before punting.  The Colts took possession at their seven.  Luck suffered a sack-fumble on the second play, giving the Jets the ball at the Indianapolis 14.

Indianapolis drove to the Jets' 13, but Luck was intercepted by Antonio Allen with just more than six minutes to go.

The Jets milked five minutes off the clock in moving to midfield before punting.  Indianapolis took over at its 20 after the touchback.

Vinatieri added his third field goal of the game, a 47-yarder, with 14:40 left in the game.  Indianapolis could move no closer than the Jets' 29.


The Colts started their next drive at their 24-yard line and reached the New York 29 at the end of the quarter.

The Jets moved 91 yards on seven plays for a 28-6 lead.  Joe McKnight had a 61-yard burst, and Greene scored on a spinning four-yard run.  The Jets gained 82 of their 91 yards on the ground on the drive.

Indianapolis moved to midfield on its second possession before having to punt.  At the conclusion of the drive, the Colts had snapped 19 plays in Jets territory and scored six points.  New York took over at its nine-yard line.

New York could not move on its second possession, punting after three plays.  Indianapolis took possession at its 23.

Indianapolis forced a three-and-out to start the second half, taking possession at its 24.  The Colts moved to midfield before a grounding call ended the drive.  McAfee punted 55 yards for a touchback.


New York returned the kickoff to their 30.  Greene burst for 19 yards on the first play, a snap from the Wildcat formation.  Indianapolis stiffened after the Jets reached the Colts' 40, but quarterback Tim Tebow completed a 23-yard pass to Nick Bellore from the punt formation.  After the two-minute warning, Jason Hill scored on a five-yard pass from Sanchez with 27 seconds left before intermission.

Indianapolis started its next possession at its 15 and started using its no-huddle attack.  The Colts reached the Jets' 20 before suffering a penalty that backed them up 10 yards.  Vinatieri converted a 50-yard field goal with 6:06 left in the quarter to cut the count to 14-6.  It was an 11-play, 53-yard drive.

Luck suffered an interception on third down of the Colts' third possession.  Antonio Cromartie picked off the pass and a personal foul penalty on the return negated the scoring return.  The Jets started at the Colts' 35.  The Jets took five plays to cover the distance, scoring when Shonn Greene burst off the left side for 10 yards to the end zone.  New York had 81 rushing yards as the drive concluded.

Stephen Hill caught a five-yard touchdown pass from Mark Sanchez 47 seconds into the quarter to end a 14-play, 80-yard march.  The Jets took a 7-3 lead.


New York used the rest of the first quarter to move into scoring position.  The Jets snapped 11 plays to end the period in the Indianapolis red zone.

The Colts benefited from a 28-yard pass interference call on the first play of the drive.  Reggie Wayne made his 899th career reception on the drive.  The Jets were flagged for roughing Luck and the Colts moved deep into Jets territory, where Adam Vinatieri hit a 20-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead with 6:02 left in the period.  It is the 38th different stadium in which Vinatieri has hit a field goal in his career.

Indianapolis forced a three-and-out, including a third-down play from the Jets with five receivers.  Robert Malone's punt went out of bounds at the Indianapolis 41.

The Colts moved for two first downs into Jets territory with big completions from Andrew Luck to Dwayne Allen and Donnie Avery, but the possession stalled and punter Pat McAfee punted.  McAfee's punt was downed by Joe Lefeged at the Jets' three-yard line.  Lefeged downed two punts inside the Chicago five in the club's first road game on September 9.

New York won the toss and deferred.  Indianapolis got the ball.


QB-Chandler Harnish

RB-Donald Brown

LB-Pat Angerer

NT-Martin Tevaseu

OG-Joe Reitz

DE-Fili Moala

LB-Robert Mathis


Jerrell Freeman starts at WLB for Pat Angerer

Jerry Hughes starts at SLB for Robert Mathis

Vick Ballard starts at RB for Donald Brown

Jeff Linkenbach starts at LG for Joe Reitz

Drake Nevis starts at DT for Fili Moala

Cassius Vaughn starts at LCB for Vontae Davis


The Colts enter Sunday's game with 25 October victories since 2002, the fourth-most in the NFL (33, New England; 29, New York Giants; 26, Pittsburgh).

The Colts are 40-26 against the Jets all-time, the most victories against an NFL foe.

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

Andrew Luck needs a touchdown pass to become the first Colts rookie to throw a touchdown in each of his first five games.  He currently is tied with Bert Jones who did so in the first four games in 1973.

Luck (1,208) is the fourth rookie quarterback to pass for at least 1,000 yards in his first four games (1,386, Cam Newton, 2011; 1,070, Robert Griffin III, 2012; 1,046, Ryan Tannehill, 2012).

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.

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

The Colts have four of the next six games on the road.

Reggie Wayne leads active NFL receivers with 168 games played.

Wayne (898, 12,214) is 14th in NFL career receptions.  The player ahead of Wayne is Torry Holt (920, 13th).  He is 17th in NFL reception yards.  Next on the yardage list are:  12,287, Jimmy Smith (16th); 12,721, Art Monk (15th).

Wayne needs two receptions to become the 14th NFL players 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)).

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 12,214 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.

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 34 tackles this season and has 725 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 134 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 the first four games.  Freeman had 13 at Chicago, 18 vs. Minnesota, 16 vs. Jacksonville and 11 vs. Green Bay, 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).

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.

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