INDIANAPOLIS – In a game filled with turnovers, the Colts defense took center stage in Indianapolis recording its third straight win.
The Colts moved to 3-2 on the season and now will shift their attention to a road trip to Houston (3-2) for a Thursday night contest.
Here's a notebook run down of the Colts holding on to beat the Ravens, 20-13:
Team Win Defines Victory Over Ravens
Chuck Pagano said it to lead off his post game speech.
Andrew Luck followed it up a few minutes later at his post game press conference.
After two weeks where the Colts offense and special teams has taken center stage, every member of the gritty defense was taking home a game ball in a "team win" on Sunday.
What defined Sunday was the Colts earning a win despite recording four turnovers, marking the first time they had done that since 2000.
"It's huge to survive our mistakes in a sense," Andrew Luck said after the win.
"It's the epitome of a team football game, of a defense lifting us up in a sense. We made our plays enough to get a win obviously. Kudos to the defense. What a heck of a job they did against a very good offense."
The defense certainly made its fair share of plays on Sunday with the Colts offense struggling to turn drives in Baltimore territory into points.
Despite the shortcomings offensively, the unit put together two time consuming drives in the fourth quarter to play keep away from Baltimore.
An eight-play, 80-yard drive would eat up 5:00 with, an Andrew Luck 13-yard touchdown run to cap it. Then an 11-play, 73-yard drive ate up 5:27, to dwindle the game clock down to 1:49.
The Colts padded their NFL-best time of possession by holding the ball for 38:43 on Sunday.
"You know going in playing the Ravens not to try and script everything because you know something, I don't want to say haywire, you expect not to go as expected," Luck said.
"What you do expect is tough, gritty, down to the wire. It's a quality team, quality organization. I think we're a quality team, quality organization. As a kid growing up, watching Colts-Ravens was a big deal. We talked earlier, these are one of those AFC mainstays. Good to get this win though."
Sergio Brown Excels In First Colts Start
The always energetic Sergio Brown offered this tweet earlier in the week.
Sunday he backed that up with a trio of tackles, a sack, a pass deflection and was a stabilizing force at the backend of the Colts defense."I saw (Brown) fly around and make a bunch of plays, make a great third down stop in the first half," Chuck Pagano said of Brown after the game.
"It seemed like he was everywhere. I'll wait, I need to look at the tape and I'll be able to give you a fair evaluation but it looked like he did a nice job."
The highlight for Brown came on an early fourth-and-one at the Colts three-yard line.
With Baltimore going for it, Brown came flying in from Joe Flacco's blindside and sacked the Ravens quarterback.
"I feel like the play we made down there on the fourth-and-goal, it was a great one to jump start the rest of the game," Brown said after the game. "It was a great momentum carrier for the rest of the game."
As Brown was wrapping up his media sessions on Sunday afternoon, his head coach walked by him and let out a, "Way to go Serg!" which brought an ear-to-ear grin across the face of the Colts safety.
It's a moment Brown's wanted for a while now and he made the most of it on Sunday.
"I couldn't write a story better than this," Brown said.
Secondary Quiets Steve Smith
After a week of not being thrown at, Vontae Davis passed his tests with flying colors on Sunday.
Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith makes for tough preparation, but Davis was up to the task.
Smith had five catches for 34 yards on Sunday, after he came into Sunday averaging 17.2 yards per reception and 107 receiving yards per game in 2014.
Davis had four tackles, one interception and two passes defensed against the Ravens.
"I'm just out there playing to the best of my abilities," Davis said after the game. "Every corner is going to get thrown out, you just have to make a play."
"Steve gets over the top and I didn't want to give him any plays."Colts Tied For AFC South Lead
The games ended almost simultaneously on Sunday afternoon.
First, it was the Texans losing in overtime to the Cowboys.
Then, the Colts 20-13 victory went final in Indianapolis.
What did it all mean?
A pair of 3-2 teams, atop the AFC South, will now meet in Houston on Thursday night.
"3-2 sounds great. Our total focus switches to the Texans," Dwayne Allen said after the game. "We don't really have time to really enjoy this one. It's on to the next."
Chuck Pagano joked after the game that the normal 24-hour rule turns into 24 minutes this week.
For the third straight year, the Colts will hit the road for Thursday Night Football.
"It's hard to put a finger on the hardest part," Luck says of playing on Thursday. "I do think your body gets in a rhythm where it gets used to getting beat up in a sense, which is a football game. You get beat up, and then you have a week to sort of get back to that apex. That's not the case.
"It's equal footing for every team and you just got to do it. I know for us the mentalities, the preparation starts now for this next one. That's physical. That's mental. That's emotional. I think having played two now, you realize once the game starts, it's football. There's no use complaining or whining about anything. It's what you do."
A Look At The Colts Snap Counts Against Houston
-In his first NFL start, center Jonotthan Harrison played all 82 offensive snaps.
-The tight end snaps were divided up with Dwayne Allen playing 59 snaps, Coby Fleener 42 and Jack Doyle 31.
-At running back, Ahmad Bradshaw played 42 snaps and Trent Richardson logged 40.
-T.Y. Hilton paced the receivers with 71 snaps. Reggie Wayne had 70, Hakeem Nicks played 49 and rookie Donte Moncrief played four snaps.
-Defensively, Greg Toler was the only Colts defender to play all 60 snaps.
-Coming back from injury, Jerrell Freeman played 53 snaps (83%)
-Nickel back Darius Butler played 24 snaps (40%).
-With Art Jones once again not playing on Sunday, the defensive line snaps were as followed: Cory Redding (49), Ricky Jean Francois (47), Zach Kerr (20), Montori Hughes (19) and Josh Chapman (19).
-Sixth round pick Andrew Jackson played two defensive snaps in short yardage situations.