Colts-Ravens Playoff Game Report

Colts-Ravens Playoff Game Report





Baltimore 24, Colts 9


Baltimore gained a first down on their third rushing attempt on the drive.  Pierce rushed for 13 yards on third down, and the Colts used their last timeout with 1:36 to go.  Baltimore drained the time off the clock to close out the win.

Baltimore could not move and punted to the Indianapolis with 3:46 to go.  The Colts started at their 10.  A personal foul penalty moved the Colts to their 25.  Baltimore was called for taunting to move the Colts to their 40.  Mixing short completions, the Colts reached the Baltimore 37 where the possession ended on downs with 2:10 to go.

The Colts moved from their 20 to the Baltimore 18 on 11 plays and on fourth-and-one, the Ravens picked off a Luck pass and returned it into Colts territory with 5:24 to go, starting their drive at the Indianapolis 44.

Baltimore wasted little time upping the score to 24-9 by moving 70 yards in five plays.  A 43-yard third-down run by Pierce preceded an 18-yard scoring pass from Flacco to Boldin.

Luck hit Wayne for 19 yards on the drive's second play, then Ballard rushed 24 yards to the Baltimore 23.  The drive that started well ended poorly with a penalty, and Vinatieri was wide right from 40 yards with 11:44 left in the game.

Indianapolis produced a takeaway in the first minute of the quarter when Joe Lefeged stripped Rice of the ball and Pat Angerer recovered for the Colts at their 29.


Indianapolis cut the deficit to 17-9 with 40 seconds left in the half.  Adam Vinatieri hit a 26-yard field goal to conclude a 15-play drive that went from the Colts' 20 to the Baltimore eight.  Luck teamed with LaVon Brazill on a 17-yard third-down converting completion early in the drive, and he kept for six yards himself to convert another third down.  Luck hit five-of-seven passes on the drive.

Baltimore moved 75 yards in five plays to take a 17-6 lead 6:34 into the quarter.  Flacco was three-of-four on the drive for 76 yards.  He had a 46-yard completion to Boldin, then connected with Dennis Pitta on a 20-yard touchdown pass.

Indianapolis picked up one first down before the possession stalled, and it included a third-down sack of Luck.  McAfee punted 50 yards to the Baltimore 25.

Baltimore converted a third-and-19 after a Robert Mathis sack with a 50-yard completion from Flacco to Anquan Boldin.  An offensive pass interference followed a couple of plays later to derail the drive at midfield.  Koch punted for a touchback and the Colts took possession with 12:27 left in the quarter.


Indianapolis took possession after the touchback at their 20 with three timeouts and 50 seconds left.  After hitting Hilton for a short gain, Luck connected with Wayne for 13 and 20 yards to the Ravens 43.  Luck was called for intentional grounding with 22 seconds left.  Baltimore took the 10-second runoff and the Colts were left with a third-and-26 from their 41.  Luck hit Hilton for 25 yards and Vinatieri hit a 52-yard field goal to end the half.

Baltimore started at its 37 after a long return by Jones.  The Ravens got a first down just inside Colts territory before Flacco teamed with Rice on a 47-yard completion on an inside screen.  Rice took the ball to the Colts' two, where Vonta Leach scored a play later for a 10-3 lead with 50 seconds left.

Indianapolis had a 10-play, 51-yard drive to tie the game.  Adam Vinatieri hit a 47-yard field goal with 2:25 left in the half.  Luck teamed with Wayne for a third-down conversion to start the drive.  He teamed with Dwayne Allen for 22 and 13 yards, then hit Coby Fleener for a short gain to set up Vinatieri.

Baltimore gained 18 yards on two rushes, then was unable to move further.  Koch's punt was downed at the Indianapolis two, but Baltimore was flagged for touching the ball illegally (the gunner went out of bounds before downing the kick).  A touchback was ruled, giving the Colts possession at their 20 with 8:09 left in the half.

Indianapolis had a three-and-out with and punted back to Baltimore.  McAfee's punt was 53 yards and after a penalty on the return, the Ravens started at their 20.

Bernard Pierce rushed for a first down before Flacco found Torrey Smith for 22 yards to the Indianapolis 38.  Pierce ran for 18 more yards to the Colts' eight, but the Indianapolis defense forced two incompletions in the end zone.  It was a key red zone stop that forced a 23-yard field goal by Justin Tucker with 11:18 left in the quarter.  Pierce had five rushed for 37 yards on the drive.


Indianapolis moved for one first down before having to punt.  Offensive tackle Winston Justice and left guard Jeff Linkenbach were out on the drive, replaced by Bradley Sowell and Seth Olsen respectively.  McAfee punted 41 yards and after a short return, Baltimore started at its 29 in the final seconds of the quarter.  Linkenbach is questionable to return with shoulder injury.

Flacco had incompletions on first and third downs, and Vontae Davis nearly intercepted the second attempts.  It was a three-and-out for the Ravens, and Sam Koch punted out of bounds at the Indianapolis 23 with 2:49 left in the quarter.

After two Vick Ballard rushes gained three yards, Luck rushed for eight yards for the Colts' first first down.  Indianapolis got a second first down on a Baltimore penalty, then Luck hit T.Y. Hilton and Reggie Wayne for two more first downs into Ravens territory.  The Colts reached the Baltimore 35 and on the 14th play of the drive, Luck was sacked and fumbled.  Baltimore recovered at its 37 to halt the possession.

Flacco completed a second-down pass to Ed Dickson for 24 yards to the Colts' 25, then Indianapolis was flagged for interference to put the Ravens at the Colts 15.  Ray Rice, who rushed for three, four and four yards on the drive, fumbled on second down at the Indianapolis

11, and the Colts recovered.  Cory Redding forced the fumble, and it was recovered by Lawrence Guy.

After Donnie Avery gained 15 yards on a first-play reverse, two incompletions and a one-yard completion forced a punt.  Andrew Luck's third-down pass was tipped by a blitzing Ed Reed.  Pat McAfee punted 50 yards, but Jacoby Jones returned the punt 34 yards to his 48 as Baltimore started its first possession.

Indianapolis won the toss and elected to receive.


WR-Nathan Palmer

CB-Teddy Williams

S-Delano Howell

RB-Delone Carter

DT-Kellen Heard

OG-Joe Reitz

OT-Tony Hills


Jeff Linkenbach starts at LG for Joe Reitz

Pat Angerer starts at mike LB for Kavell Conner


Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians is ill today and will not be able to perform his usual duties.  Quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen will fill in for Arians.  Christensen served in the coordinator role from 2010-11.


The Colts were 9-1 in games decided by seven points or less, the most number of such games by a team this year.  Indianapolis won its last eight straight games decided by seven points or less.

By earning a playoff berth, the Colts joined Miami (2008) and New England (1982) on the list of teams to make the playoffs one year after going 2-14 or worse.

By earning 11 wins, the Colts became only the fourth team to win as many as 10 games after a season of two or fewer victories (Miami, 1-15 in 2007 and 11-5 in 2008; Colts 2-12 in 1974 and 10-4 in 1975; Oakland 1-13 in 1962 and 10-4 in 1963).

At 11-5, Indianapolis had a nine-game improvement from last season.  Twice previously the team had one-season eight-game improvements – from 2-12 in 1974 to 10-4 in 1975 and from 1-15 in 1991 to 9-7 in 1992.  Those are tied for the eighth-best one-year jumps in history, while the nine-game jump ties for third-best.  The 1999 Colts and 2008 Dolphins share the NFL mark with a one-year 10-game jump.  The Colts went from 3-13 in 1998 to 13-3.


Games, Team, Year One, Year Two, Playoff record/result

10, Colts, 3-13 (1998), 13-3 (1999)*, 0-1/Lost in Divisional Playoffs

10, Miami, 1-15 (2007), 11-5 (2008)*, 0-1/Lost in Wild Card Playoffs

9, N.Y. Giants, 4-7-2 (1928), 13-1-1 (1929), No playoffs

9, Oakland, 1-13 (1962), 10-4 (1963), No playoffs

9, St. Louis, 4-12 (1998), 13-3 (1999)*, 3-0/Won Super Bowl XXIV

9, Pittsburgh, 6-10 (2003), 15-1 (2004)*, 1-1/Lost in AFC Championship game

9, Colts, 2-14 (2011), 11-5 (2012), 0-0/Playing in Wild Card Playoffs

8, Colts, 2-12 (1974), 10-4 (1975)*, 0-1/Lost in Divisional Playoffs

8, New England, 3-11 (1975), 11-3 (1976), 0-1/Lost in Divisional Playoffs

8, Cincinnati, 4-11 (1987), 12-4 (1988)*, 2-1/Lost in Super Bowl XXIII

8, Colts, 1-15 (1991), 9-7 (1992), No Playoffs

8, N.Y. Jets, 1-15 (1996), 9-7 (1997), No Playoffs

8, Chicago, 5-11 (2000), 13-3 (2001)*, 0-1/Lost in Divisional Playoffs

8, San Diego, 4-12 (2003), 12-4 (2004)*, 0-1/Lost in Wild Card Playoffs

*Won Division

In NFL history, 37 teams have lost 14 or more games in a season.  Only six bounced back with winning records.  Detroit jumped from 2-14 in 1979 to 9-7 in 1980.  New England jumped from 2-14 in 1981 to 5-4 in the strike-shortened 1982 season.  The 1991 1-15 Colts were 9-7 in 1992.  The 1996 1-15 New York Jets were 9-7 in 1997.  The 2007 1-15 Miami Dolphins went to 11-5.  The 2011 2-14 Colts went 11-5 in 2012.

The Colts did not lose consecutive games this season, marking the ninth such season in franchise history:


Year, Record, Post-season result

1964, 12-2, Lost in NFL Championship game to Cleveland, 27-0.

1967, 11-1-2, Lost tiebreaker to 11-1-2 L.A. Rams in Coastal Division, missed playoffs.

1968, 13-1, Lost in Super Bowl III to New York Jets, 16-7.

1970, 11-2-1, Won in Super Bowl V over Dallas, 16-13.

1971, 10-4, Lost in AFC Championship game to Miami, 21-0.

1976, 11-3, Lost in Divisional Playoffs to Pittsburgh, 40-14.

1999, 13-3, Lost in Divisional Playoffs to Tennessee, 19-16.

2003, 12-4, Lost in AFC Championship game to New England, 24-14.

2012, 11-5, Playing in Wild Card Playoffs.

By earning a playoff berth in 2012, the Colts have their 12th since 1999, the NFL's highest total.

By reaching double-digit victories, the Colts have their 10th such season since 2002, tying New England for the most in the league.  New England gained its 10th this year.  It is the club's 12th since 1999, a total that leads the league.  New England is second with 11.

The Colts have had eight 11-win seasons in the last 10 years (14, 2005, 2009; 13, 2007; 12, 2003, 2004; 2006; 2008; 11, 2012).

Indianapolis had four interceptions returned for touchdowns this year, tying the franchise seasonal record done also in 1959, 1965, 1968, 1975 and 1996.  The club did it three times in 1967, 1970 and 1994.

Andrew Luck had six 300 games, the NFL rookie record.  Luck surpassed Peyton Manning (4, 1998) for the club and NFL record by a rookie quarterback.

Luck (339-of-627 passing for 4,374 and 23 TDs) joined Manning (3,739, 1998) as the only Colts rookies to throw for 3,000 yards.  He eclipsed Manning's rookie club records in yards, attempts and completions (575; 326).  At Kansas City, Luck eclipsed Cam Newton's NFL record for rookie passing yards (4,051).

Earlier this year, Luck joined Newton as the only players with three 300 games in the first four games of a career.  Against Miami in week nine, Luck threw for 433 yards to eclipse Newton's (432) previous NFL rookie record.

Luck (23) is one of a handful of rookie quarterbacks to throw 20 or more touchdown passes (26, Peyton Manning, 1998; 26, Russell Wilson, 2012; 22, Charlie Conerly, 1948; 21, Cam Newton, 2011; 20, Dan Marino, 1983; 20, Andy Dalton, 2011, 20, Robert Griffin III, 2012).

Luck took every offensive snap and had a major hand in the club's successes.  He became the first NFL rookie quarterback since 1971 to lead a September fourth-quarter comeback win in the club's week two triumph over Minnesota.

After the Green Bay win, Luck became the first NFL rookie to pass for 1,200 yards (1,208) and record at least two wins in his team's first four games.  After the Cleveland win, he was the first NFL rookie with 1,500 passing yards (1,674) and three wins in a team's first six games.

After the Tennessee win, Luck had the highest winning percentage (.571, 4-3) by a rookie quarterback who was a top overall pick through week eight in NFL history.

He won AFC Offensive Player-of-the-Week honors for his outing against Miami.  Luck completed 30-of-48 passes for 433 yards and two touchdowns.  In facing then the NFL's best third-down defense, he completed 13-of-17 third-down passes for 204 yards and a touchdown, converting 12 third downs via the air on that down.  Luck set the NFL record for best winning percentage by a top overall pick through week nine (5-3, .625; minimum two starts).

Luck set the club rookie record with four touchdown passes at Detroit.  He directed scoring drives of 85 and 75 yards, ending both with touchdowns in the last 2:39 to earn the win.

Luck's fourth touchdown came with no time remaining, and he joined Russell Wilson, Tim Couch and Matthew Stafford as the only rookies since 1970 with a game-winning toss with no time left on the clock.

At Detroit with the two late scoring drives, the Colts became just the seventh team since 2000 to win a game despite trailing by 12 or more points with less than three minutes remaining.  (Advanced NFL Stats calculated the chances of winning in that scenario are two percent).  The 2003 Colts (at Tampa Bay) and 2009 Colts (vs. New England) were two of those teams as well.

Luck (.667) had the best winning percentage through nine games by a rookie QB who was first overall pick in Super Bowl era (6-3; minimum three starts).

Luck at Detroit surpassed St. Louis' Sam Bradford (7, 2010) for the most wins by a rookie quarterback drafted first overall.  He is the winningest such rookie QB (top overall pick) since 1950 (11, Luck, Colts, 2012; 7, Bradford, St. Louis, 2010; 6, Cam Newton, Carolina, 2011; 6, Jim Plunkett, New England, 1971; 5, Drew Bledsoe, New England, 1993; 5, Jeff George, Colts, 1990).

Luck produced seven wins in fourth-quarter or overtime fashion, tying the NFL seasonal record done six other times, including in 1999 and 2009 by Manning.  His seven in a single season tied for the most by a veteran or rookie QB since at least 1970.  With his sixth comeback win, he snapped the record he shared with Ben Roethlisberger (2004) and Vince Young (2006).  The comeback performances came against Minnesota, Green Bay, at Tennessee, Miami, at Detroit, vs. Tennessee and at Kansas City.

After the Tennessee win, Luck shared the franchise mark for starting QB wins by a rookie (9-4, Chris Chandler, 1988).  He set the club rookie mark with the win at Kansas City.

The NFL post-merger record for rookie starting wins is 13 by Ben Roethlisberger in 2004.  Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco had 11 in 2008.  Luck and Russell Wilson had 11 in 2012, while Kyle Orton had 10 in 2005.  With nine wins, Chandler joined Joe Ferguson (1973) and was joined by Andy Dalton (2011).  Roethlisberger was 13-0.  Flacco, Ryan, Luck and Wilson were 11-5.  Orton was 10-5.  Chandler was 9-4, while Ferguson was 9-5 and Dalton was 9-7.

Luck is the only NFL rookie to exceed 4,000 yards and earn at least 10 starting wins (11).

Eleven rookie quarterbacks have earned a combined 7-11 starting record in the playoffs since 1970.  Wild Card weekend has the most rookies starting a postseason game since 1966 – Luck, Wilson and Robert Griffin III.  The prior mark was two in 2008 (Flacco and Ryan) and 2011 (Andy Dalton and T.Y. Yates).

Luck, Griffin III and Wilson hope to join five previous rookies in winning a first-ever playoff game.  That list boasts Shaun King (1999), Roethlisberger, Flacco, Mark Sanchez (2009) and Yates as first-time winners.  Flacco and Sanchez were the only ones to win twice as rookies.

Luck can be the first-ever top choice to win a first-ever playoff game.


* *

Year, Player, Team, Record, Totals (Comp-Att-Yds-TDs-Int-Rating) *Won first game

1983, Dan Marino, Miami, 0-1, 15-25-193-2-2-77.6

1985, Bernie Kosar, Cleveland, 0-1, 10-19-66-1-1-56.0

1986, Jim Everett, L.A. Rams, 0-1, 9-18-136-1-2-54.2

1991, Todd Marinovich, L.A. Raiders, 0-1, 12-23-140-0-4-31.3

1999, *Shaun King, Tampa Bay, 1-1, 28-61-320-1-3-47.2

2004, *Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh, 1-1, 31-54-407-3-5-61.3

2008, *Joe Flacco, Baltimore, 2-1, 33-75-437-1-3-50.8

2008, Matt Ryan, Atlanta, 0-1, 26-40-199-2-2-72.8

2009, *Mark Sanchez, N.Y. Jets, 2-1, 41-68-539-4-2-92.7

2011, Andy Dalton, Cincinnati, 0-1, 27-42-257-0-3-51.4

2011, *T.J. Yates, Houston, 1-1, 28-55-343-1-3-53.8


Luck averaged 273.4 passing yards a game, 7th-most in the NFL and most among rookie QBs.

Luck was second among AFC QBs with 255 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns.  The rushing touchdowns broke the previous club seasonal record of four by Bert Jones (1974) and Peyton Manning (2001, 2006).  He has produced 21 first downs.

Reggie Wayne has receptions in 112 straight games.  He leads active NFL receivers with 189 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 182 straight games, the league's best streak by a WR.

Wayne (968, 13,063) is 10th in NFL career receptions.  The player ahead of Wayne is Randy Moss (982, 9th).  He is 14th in NFL reception yards.  Next on the yardage list is Steve Largent (13,089, 13th).

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 29-12 when Wayne tops 100 reception yards, 21-12 when he has at least eight receptions, 56-13 when he scores a touchdown.

Wayne (78) ranks third in Colts history in career touchdowns (128, Marvin Harrison; 113, Lenny Moore).  His 78 touchdown receptions are second-most to Harrison (128).

Wayne has 13,058 career scrimmage yards, second in Colts history (14,608, Marvin Harrison; 12,065, Edgerrin James).

Wayne has three or more receptions in a league-record 64 straight games, snapping the previous best of Cris Carter (1993-97).  Wayne has receptions in 183 of 189 career games.  He has multiple receptions in 178 outings and three or more receptions in 159 contests.

Wayne had an 84.7 yardage average in 2012.  His career-best was 94.4 in 2007.  The only two times in franchise history when a player held a 100.0-yard average were 1999 (Marvin Harrison, 103.9) and 2002 (Harrison, 107.6).

Wayne (1,355) produced his eighth 1,000-yard season.  Reaching that plateau tied him with Marvin Harrison (8, 1999-2006) for the club record.  Wayne had seven consecutive from 2004-10, the second-longest consecutive streak in franchise history.

Wayne produced his sixth 1,200-yardage season (1,510, 2007; 1,355, 2010; 1,355, 2012; 1,310, 2006; 1,264, 2009; 1,210, 2004).  It tied him with Harrison for the club record and tied him with Harrison and Torry Holt for third-most in NFL history behind Jerry Rice (11) and Randy Moss (8).

Wayne (13,063) is one of 14 players (three active) to reach the 13,000-yard plateau (22,895, Jerry Rice; 15,934, Terrell Owens; 15,292, Randy Moss; 15,208, Isaac Bruce; 14,934, Tim Brown; 14,580, Marvin Harrison; 14,268, Tony Gonzalez; 14,004, James Lofton; 13,899, Cris Carter; 13,777, Henry Ellard; 13,382, Torry Holt; 13,198, Andre Reed; 13,089, Steve Largent).

Wayne (106) produced his fourth 100 -catch season.  He had 104 in 2007, 100 in 2009 and 111 in 2010.  Wayne tied Marvin Harrison (115, 1999; 102, 2000; 109, 2001; 143, 2002) for the club record.  Jerry Rice and Brandon Marshall have four 100 -reception seasons, while Wes Welker has a league-record five.

Wayne has led the team in receptions seven times, ranking behind Marvin Harrison (9) and Raymond Berry (8) in club history.  Wayne has done it the last six seasons, tying Harrison's (6, 1999-04) club mark for the most consecutive seasons leading the team.

The Green Bay game was Wayne's 15th with 10 receptions, one behind Marvin Harrison's club record.  At 18, Wes Welker and Andrew Johnson are the NFL leaders, while Jerry Rice did it 17 times.  Harrison (16) and Brandon Marshall (16) are tied for fourth-most.  Wayne is sixth.  Wayne (2007-08) is tied with Johnson (2008) and Brett Perriman (1995) for the NFL lead with three straight games with 10 catches.

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.

Wayne has more than 100 receptions against each AFC South foe (133, Jacksonville; 124, Houston; 103, Tennessee).  It makes Wayne the eighth player with 100 or more receptions against three or more teams.  He joins Tim Brown, Andre Reed and Cris Carter (who did it against four opponents), as well as Art Monk, Jerry Rice, Rod Smith and Hines Ward.

Wayne has 83 receptions for 1,128 yards and nine TDs in 17 post-season games.  He trails Peyton Manning (19), Jeff Saturday (19) and Justin Snow (18) in career games in franchise history.  He ranks fifth in NFL post-season receptions (151, Jerry Rice; 88, Hines Ward; 87, Michael Irvin; 85, Andre Reed), seventh in reception yardage and tied for seventh in touchdown receptions.

Antoine Bethea had 123 tackles in 2012 and has 814 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 146 consecutive games.  His 53-yard field goal with eight seconds left against Minnesota was the 24th game-winning kick of his career.

Against Tennessee, Vinatieri became the eighth player in NFL history to reach 400 career field goals.  Vinatieri has 500 career field goal attempts, 10th in NFL history (Jason Elam is ninth at 540).  Vinatieri (709) at Detroit moved past Lenny Moore (678) for fourth-place in Colts career scoring.

Vinatieri had 1,158 points with New England and with 709 with the Colts, he is one of only three players with 700-plus points with two different teams (Morten Andersen – 1,318 with New Orleans and 806 with Atlanta; John Carney – 1,076 with San Diego and 768 with New Orleans).

Vinatieri has eight field goals from the 50 -range, third-most in club history (18, Dean Biasucci; 14, Mike Vanderjagt).

Vinatieri produced his 15th career 100-plus point season.  It is his fifth with the Colts, second to Mike Vanderjagt (8).  Vinatieri has passed Morten Andersen (14) and Gary Anderson (14) for the second-most 100-point seasons.  The leader is Jason Elam (16).

Vinatieri has scored in a league-record 24 straight playoff games, and he has field goals in eight straight playoff games.  He holds the NFL record for most post-season field goals (45), field goal attempts (54), career points (187) and points in one post-season (49, 2006) and shares the league mark with five field goals in a game (which he has done twice).

Linebacker Jerrell Freeman topped the club in tackles in each of the first seven games before the streak was ended vs. Miami.  Freeman had 13 at Chicago, 18 vs. Minnesota, 16 vs. Jacksonville, 11 vs. Green Bay, 19 at New York, seven vs. Cleveland and 15 at Tennessee.  He topped the team with 13 at New England, 18 vs. Buffalo, 10 at Detroit, nine vs. Tennessee, 13 at Houston and 11 vs. Houston.  Freeman topped the team in tackles in 13 games.  Freeman 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).

Freeman (203) became the second Colts player in the Indianapolis era to have a 200-tackle season, and his total is the all-time best (200, Jeff Herrod, 1994; 192, Cliff Odom, 1985).

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.  He was 6-102, 1 TD vs. Miami for his second 100 outing.  Hilton joined Ray Perkins (1967), Bill Brooks (1986), Marvin Harrison (1996) and Anthony Gonzalez (2007) for the second-most 100 outings by a Colts rookie receiver (3, Andre Rison, 1989).  With 6-100, 2 TDs at New England, Hilton tied Rison for the club mark.  Hilton set the club rookie mark for 100-yard games with 6-100 at Detroit.  Hilton had his fifth 100 game vs. Houston with 4-111, 1 TD.  He had 70t reception vs. Houston to set club's longest scoring play.  The previous long was his 61t snare at Houston.

With 50-861, 7 TDs on season, Hilton became the 9th Colts rookie with 50 receptions (65, Bill Brooks, 1986; 64, Marvin Harrison, 1996; 62, Edgerrin James, 1999; 60, Austin Collie, 2009; 52, Andre Rison, 1989; 52, Marshall Faulk, 1994; 50, Randy McMillan, 1981; 50, Jerome Pathon, 1998).  His yardage total ranked 2nd for Colts rookies (1,131, Brooks; 836, Harrison), and his touchdowns tied for third-most (8, Brooks and Harrison; 7, John Mackey and Collie).

Hilton was the 13th receiver taken in the draft.  There were four selected in the first round, five in the second and three in the third before he was taken with the 92nd choice.

Against Buffalo, Hilton scored on a 75-yard punt return and an eight-yard reception to become the first Colts player to record such scores in the same game in franchise history.  Hilton earned AFC Special Teams Player-of-the-Week honors for the achievement.

Cornerback Darius Butler (two interceptions/one fumble recovered) had three takeaways at Jacksonville, one shy of the Indianapolis era club record for the most by a player in a game (4, Eugene Daniel, 3 interceptions/1 fumble recovered vs. Green Bay 10/27/85; 3, Leonard Coleman, 3 ints. vs. New Orleans 10/12/86; 3, Mike Prior, 3 ints. vs. Phoenix 12/20/92).

Tight end Dwayne Allen (45) set the club rookie tight end record for receptions.  At Detroit moved past John Mackey (35, 1963) and at Kansas City he surpassed Ken Dilger (42, 1995).

Linebacker Dwight Freeney (107.5) has recorded sacks against 27 of 31 teams.  Detroit, Atlanta, New Orleans and Washington are the only teams that Freeney has not produced a sack against.  Freeney has 25 career multiple-sack games, including five three-plus sack games.  He has sacked 53 different quarterbacks.  Freeney has seven of the 17 double-digit sack seasons in club history.

Linebacker Robert Mathis (91.5) had an eight-game sack streak end at New England.  It tied his personal-best.  In 2005, he set an 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 26-9 when Freeney and Mathis combine for sacks.  They 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 by doing so.  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).

Pat McAfee (73-47.9, 40.3 net) set the club seasonal marks for gross and net average.  McAfee has set the gross mark in each of the last two seasons (46.6, 2011).  In setting the mark last year, he snapped the previous seasonal record of Rohn Stark (45.9, 1985).  McAfee's net average bested Stark's previous record, and his 2011 had ranked second (39.3, Stark, 1992; 39.2, McAfee, 2011).  McAfee had 26 punts inside the 20, tying Hunter Smith's seasonal record (26, 2002).

There are 14 players in franchise history, nine in the Indianapolis era, to participate in at least 100 regular-season victories:  141 games, QB-Peyton Manning; 132, QB-John Unitas; 132, C-Jeff Saturday; 127, TE-Justin Snow; 127, WR-Reggie Wayne; 118, WR-Marvin Harrison; 114, P-Hunter Smith; 112, LB-Dwight Freeney; 109, P-David Lee; 108, OT-Ryan Diem; 107, LB-Don Shinnick; 106, DE-Ordell Braase; 105, C/LB-Dick Szymanski; 105, Robert Mathis.

Eight Colts rookies combined in 2012 to produce 3,108 yards, the most achieved by an NFL team's rookie class since the 1970 merger.

Six of the rookies are draft picks – Andrew Luck, Coby Fleener, Dwayne Allen, T.Y. Hilton, Vick Ballard and LaVon Brazill – while free agents Dominique Jones and Nathan Palmer factored into the process.

The previous post-merger NFL record was set by the Colts' 1999 rookie class that gained 2,751 yards.  Edgerrin James amassed 2,139 yards of that total.  Free agents Terrence Wilkins, Paul Shields and Isaac Jones rounded out the group.


Yards, Name

966, Vick Ballard (814 rushing/152 receiving)

890, T.Y. Hilton (861 receiving/29 rushing)

526, Dwayne Allen (521 receiving/5 rushing)

281, Coby Fleener (281 receiving)

255, Andrew Luck (255 rushing)

186, LaVon Brazill (186 receiving)

8, Dominique Jones (8 receiving)

-4, Nathan Palmer (-4 receiving)

TOTAL – 3,108 gross yards

Bruce Arians was the sixth interim head coach in club history (1972, John Sandusky, nine games; 1974, Joe Thomas, 11; 1984, Hal Hunter, one; 1991, Rick Venturi, 11 games; 2005, Jim Caldwell, one game).  Arians was the lone one subbing for a coach (Chuck Pagano) who returned to the team.

In beating Green Bay, Arians was the only Colts interim coach to win his first game.  Arians (9-3) set the franchise record for the most wins by an interim field leader (five) in the 27-10 victory at Jacksonville.

Sandusky was 4-5 in the games in 1972 when he succeeded Don McCafferty.  His four wins under those interim conditions stood as the club mark until Arians tied him with the team's 23-20 victory over Miami this year.  Thomas was 2-9 in 1974 after succeeding Howard Schnellenberger, while Venturi was 1-10 in his outings in 1991 after replacing Ron Meyer.  Hunter lost the final game in 1984 after the departure of Frank Kush.  Caldwell lost his one game in the absence of Tony Dungy.

The only interim coaches in NFL history with nine wins (according to Stats LLC) are Wally Lemm (9-0, Houston, 1961; replaced Lou Rymkus), Hamp Pool (9-2, LA Rams, 1952; replaced Joe Stydahar) and Arians.  Don Coryell (8-4, San Diego, 1978; replaced Tommy Prothro), Mike Holovak (7-1-1, Boston Patriots, 1961; replaced Lou Saban), Bruce Coslet (7-2, Cincinnati, 1996; replaced David Shula) and Art Shell (7-5, L.A. Raiders, 1989; replaced Mike Shanahan) are the most successful interim coaches in addition to Pool, Lemm and Arians.

The Colts' 2013 opponents are determined:

HOME:  Houston, Tennessee, Jacksonville, Denver, Oakland, St. Louis, Seattle and Miami.

ROAD:  Houston, Tennessee, Jacksonville, Kansas City, San Diego, Arizona, San Francisco and Cincinnati.

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