Convincing Win Keeps Colts In Control Of Playoff Hopes

Intro: Coming into Monday night, the Colts (6-6) were in control of their playoff fate. They remained that way after a convincing 41-10 victory over the New York Jets (3-9).

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Maybe every flight for the Indianapolis Colts should be delayed.

A late arrival to New Jersey on Sunday certainly had no impact on the performance of the Colts in Week 13.

The team's most dominant performance of 2016 ended in a 41-10 victory over the New York Jets (3-9) on Monday Night Football.

"Lot of great play, by a lot of great players," Chuck Pagano said after his team's second largest margin of victory in five seasons as head coach.

"We talk about this time of year. December football is playoff football time. To stay in the hunt, you've got to win football games, so I'm proud of our guys."

The Colts jumped all over the Jets from the opening whistle on Monday.

Special teams and the defense provided terrific early field position and two Dwayne Allen touchdown receptions had the Colts leading 14-0 midway through the opening quarter.

The career night for Allen was not done.

His first multi-touchdown game of his career added another receiving score in the second quarter. Allen became the first player with three receiving touchdowns in the first half of Monday Night Football since Jerry Rice in 1995.

Photos from the week 13 Monday Night Football game at MetLife Stadium.

With a 24-3 halftime lead, the Colts' rout was officially on.

Andrew Luck returned from his concussion and showed zero signs of rust.

Luck was 22-for-28 for 278 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INTs and a career-high rating of 147.6.

The career nights for Luck and Allen overshadowed impressive nights from T.Y. Hilton (9 catches for 146 yards in 10 targets) and Frank Gore (20 carries for 79 yards against the NFL's 4th ranked run defense).

Afterwards, Luck touched on the offense having the look of a unit peaking at the right time.

"(Rob Chudzinski) is giving us great plans every week," Luck said. "We are starting to execute better and better. We are starting to practice better and better. The time that everybody doesn't see (practice) is what pays off on a Monday night."

During his post-game presser, Luck lauded the "team" feel of Monday's victory to even the team's record at 6-6.

The Colts came into Monday night with three interceptions through the first 11 games.

They had three against the Jets.

"The defense played lights out all night," Pagano said after the 41-10 victory.

Come the fourth quarter on Monday it was an unusual feeling for the Colts having the game firmly in control, with starters having the chance to exit early.

NFL teams rarely blow teams out like the Colts did on Monday.

The Colts won their first five games of 2016 by a combined 30 points. They won by 31 points on Monday night.

Besides controlling things from the opening moments on Monday, the control of the AFC South also now resides with the Colts.

Playoff fate is in the hands of the Colts with four games remaining.

"Coming in we did say, 'We control our own destiny,'" Pagano said. "And everything is right there in front of us. It's out there for us. It's been a little bit of a roller coaster ride (including the four-hour delay the Colts had in getting to New Jersey on Sunday), but our guys have stayed steady, stayed the course.

"The opportunity was sitting there, but you've got to play well. And we did that."

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