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Miami 24, Colts 20


Miller lost two yards on first down.  On third-and-eight, Tannehill hit Brandon Gibson for a first down.  The pass was tipped.  On second-and-five, Thomas ran for four yards.  Thomas converted the first down.

Bradshaw lost one yard on a sweep left.  Luck and Wayne could not convert on second down.  On third-and-11 with 10:58 left, Luck rushed for 11 yards and a first down.  Bradshaw gained five yards on first down, then Luck scrambled for four yards.  With three linemen, a tight end and a fullback lining up right, Bradshaw gained eight yards.  Grimes intercepted Luck on first down when he was targeting Wayne in the end zone.

Mathis sacked Tannehill before Tannehill hit Clay to the Colts' 45.  On third down, Tannehill hit Miller for six yards to bring up a fourth-and-one.  Tannehill on a second-effort after being hit by Mathis picked up the first down, per the call on the field.  After a replay review, Miami was ruled down before the first down, and the Colts took over at their 39.


Miller gained 14 yards off right tackle to start the possession.  Miller swept left for six yards.  Miller gained three yards.  Tannehill kept for the first down to end the quarter.

Luck and Fleener hit for eight on first down.  Bradshaw converted with a two-yard rush.  Luck and Hilton could not hit when Wheeler batted a first-down pass.  After Bradshaw rushed for five yards, Luck could not find Hilton.  McAfee punted to the Miami 17.

Tannehill hit Hartline for 20 yards to the Colts' 46 on the second play of the possession.  Wallace made an 11-yard catch to the Colts' 35.  Thomas was stopped for no gain on first down.  Tannehill hit Wallace to the Colts' one, a 34-yard gain.  Clay scored on first down to put Miami ahead, 24-20.

Luck and Stanley Havili hit for seven yards on first down.  Brown rushed twice and could not pick up the first down.  McAfee punted 51 yards to the Miami 31.

Thomas burst for 12 yards on first down.  He then gained four yards.  Freeman sacked Tannehill on second down.  On third-and-13, Robert Mathis had a sack-fumble that Miami recovered before punting.  Fields punted 53 yards and after a Colts penalty, they started at their own nine.

Darrius Heyward-Bey is questionable to return with a rib injury.

Luck and Dominique Jones hit for 13 yards and first down at the Miami 21.  Luck and Jones failed on an attempt near the Miami goal-line on first down.  On third-and-four from the 15, the Colts were flagged for illegal shift, negating a TD pass.  From the 20, the Colts could not convert.  Vinatieri hit a 38-yard field goal.  Colts 20, Miami 17.   

A short completion and a strong Indianapolis second-down rush brought up a third-and-10 to open the half.  Tannehill was hit by Jerrell Freeman on the rush (sack-fumble) and the loose ball was ruled a fumble recovered by the Colts at the Miami 39.  Joe Lefeged recovered the ball and made a two-yard return.


Luck had 242 passing yards (17-of-27) in the half, leading two second-quarter TD drives to erase an 11-point deficit.

Hartline and Tannehill hit on first down to the Dolphins' 27.  He and Wallace converted for a first down.  Tannehill then hit Clay for 21 yards to the Colts' 44 with 24 seconds left.  Miami took its last time out.  On second down with 19 seconds left, Tannehill hit Clay to the Colts' 37.  On the final play of the half, Sturgis hit a 54-yard field goal.  Colts 17, Miami 17.

Luck hit Hilton for 18 yards on first down.  Hilton made an acrobatic 47-yard reception down the right sideline to the Miami 13 at the two-minute warning.  Luck was incomplete on first down.  Bradshaw rushed to the Miami five for eight yards.  On third-and-two, Bradshaw swept left to the one.  Bradshaw burst across for the Colts' first lead with 1:26 left.  Colts 17, Miami 14.

Miller went over left tackle for eight yards.  Angerer and Cory Redding stuffed Miller on second down.  On third-and-one, Tannehill misfired.  Fields punted to the Colts' 22.

Brown rushed over left guard for 11 yards.  Fleener grabbed a Luck pass for 18 yards.  Luck and Hilton could not hit on first down.  DHB gained six yards on a WR screen.  Brent Grimes broke up a Luck attempt to Hilton.  McAfee punted into the end zone with 4:09 left in the period.

Daniel Thomas gained six on a first-down rush.  Tannehill and Wallace hit for six yards.  Tannehill and Hartline hit for another first down.  On second-and-10 from the 44, Vontae Davis stopped Wallace after a four-yard reception.  Antoine Bethea broke up a third-down pass to force a Miami punt.  Fields booted 43 yards, and Darius Butler picked up the bouncing ball for a nine-yard return to the Colts' 18.

Luck and Hilton combined on second down for five yards and on third-and-three in the no-huddle, Philip Wheeler batted down Luck's pass.  Pat McAfee's punt was downed illegally at the Miami one (gunner out of downs and was first to touch ball), giving Miami possession at its 20.

Miami faced a third-and-four after the score, and Tannehill and Brian Hartline hit a seam route for 24 yards to midfield.  After two incompletions, Bjoern Werner and Pat Angerer sacked Tannehill.  Fields punted to the Colts' 33.

Brown swept left for three yards to open the quarter.  Luck and Fleener could not connect in tight coverage near the goal-line on second down.  On third-and-seven from the 16, Luck scrambled for nine yards.  Luck and DHB hit for four yards and on second down, Luck hit Fleener for the touchdown.  It was a 10-play, 80-yard drive.  Miami 14, Colts 10.

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Donald Brown rushed for six on first down.  Fleener and Luck hit for a 40-yard gain, with a Fleener stiff-arm buying yardage.  Brown got four on first down.  Brown recovered a sack-fumble caused by Derrick Shelby.  Hilton and Luck had laser completion of 12 yards to the Miami 19 as the quarter ended.

Starting from the 20, Miller ran for three.  Tannehill and Charles Clay combined for 67 yards on second down.  Miller swept left for 10 yards and the score as Miami moved ahead, 14-3.

Donald Thomas is out with a right knee injury.  Hugh Thornton moved in on the left side with no prior experience at the position.

Bradshaw had 14-yard reception to Colts' 33 on first down.  Bradshaw rushed for three and on second down, Luck and Wayne hit a slant for 14 yards to midfield.  Luck and Coby Fleener missed connections on first down.  Luck and Wayne clicked for seven yards and from four-receiver set, he and Wayne worked for first down to the Miami 39.  Bradshaw hit up the middle for three.  Hilton and Luck combined for 22 yards to the Miami 14.  An incompletion and a short rush brought up third-and-eight.  Luck and Wayne missed on third down.  Vinatieri hit a 30-yard field goal to end the drive.  It was as 12-play, 69 yard drive.  Miami 7, Colts 3.

Aubrayo Franklin batted down Ryan Tannehill's first pass.  Lamar Mill rushed for seven yards and on third-and-three, Tannehill hit Mike Wallace for 13 yards to the Colts' 37.  Miller ran for five yards, and Tannehill hit Mike Wallace for 15 and 18 yards, the second completion for a touchdown off a reception at the line of scrimmage.  It was a six-play, 58-yard drive.  Miami 7, Colts 0.

From their 20, Reggie Wayne caught a pass for three and Ahmad Bradshaw ran for nine.  Andrew Luck's second pass glanced off DHB and was caught by T.Y. Hilton for 20 yards.  Bradshaw ran for nine yards and in no-huddle, Luck missed deep for third-and-one at the Miami 34.  Luck missed to DHB on third down, and Adam Vinatieri hit the left upright from 52 yards out.

Miami won the coin toss and deferred.  Indianapolis will receive.


The roof and window are open today.


S-Delano Howell

LB-Kavell Conner

C/G-Khaled Holmes

OT-Jeff Linkenbach

TE-Dwayne Allen

WR-David Reed

DT-Montori Hughes


Coby Fleener at TE for Dwayne Allen

Ahmad Bradshaw at RB for Vick Ballard (IR)


Since 2002, the Colts are 24-9 in the opening month of the season, the NFL's best record.

The Colts opened the season with 19 new players on roster, with 10 of those players arriving through veteran free agency.

The Colts were 9-1 in games decided by seven points or less last year, the most number of such games by a team in 2012.  Indianapolis has won its last nine straight games decided by seven points or less, 1-0 in 2013.

The Colts did not lose consecutive games all last season, marking the ninth such season in franchise history (1964, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1976, 1999, 2003, 2012).

In 2012, Andrew Luck (339-of-627 passing for 4,374 and 23 TDs) had six 300 games, the NFL rookie record and also set league rookie marks in attempts and yards. 

Luck (23) was 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 snap in 2012 and has taken 1,162 consecutive snaps to rank among the best accomplished by Indianapolis Colts quarterbacks (1,631, Peyton Manning; 1,590, Manning (a career-opening total); 1,459, Manning; 1,400, Manning; 1,205, Manning; 1,088 Manning).

Last year, 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. 

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. 

Luck had his eighth fourth-quarter comeback win vs. Oakland, the most ever accomplished by an NFL QB in the first 17 games of a career.

Luck has had 128 straight passes without an interception, a career-best.

Luck's 19t run vs. Oakland tied the 7th-longest ever done by a Colts QB (43t, George Taliaferro vs. Rams 11/22/53; 33t, Peyton Manning at Buffalo, 11/4/01; 32t, Bert Jones at NYJ 10/20/74; 29t, Chris Chandler vs. NYJ 11/6/88; 21t, George Shaw vs. SF 11/27/55; 20t, Marty Domres vs. NYJ 11/16/75; 19t, Jones at Buffalo 11/9/75).

Under Luck, the Colts have opened games three times with two TD drives – 10/21/12 vs. Cleveland; 11/18/12 at New England; 9/8/13 vs. Oakland.

With a TD pass vs. Oakland 9/8/13, Luck has eight straight games with a scoring pass.

Reggie Wayne has scored at least one TD in six of the last seven season openers.

Reggie Wayne has receptions in 113 straight games.  He leads active NFL receivers with 183 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). 

Wayne (976, 13,159) is 10th in NFL career receptions.  The player ahead of Wayne is Randy Moss (982, 9th).  He is 13th in NFL reception yards.  Next on the yardage list is Andre Reed (13,198, 12th). 

Against Green Bay on 10/7/12, 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, 57-13 when he scores a touchdown, 24-9 when holds 15.0 reception average.

Wayne (79) ranks third in Colts history in career touchdowns (128, Marvin Harrison; 113, Lenny Moore).  His 79 touchdown receptions are second-most to Harrison (128).

Wayne is set to become the 11th NFL player with 13,000 career reception yards and 80 career TD receptions:





Jerry Rice*



Terrell Owens



Randy Moss



Isaac Bruce



Tim Brown



Marvin Harrison



Tony Gonzalez



Cris Carter*



Andre Reed



Steve Largent*



Reggie Wayne


79* Needs 1 TD to join

Players with 13,000 yards and not 80 TDs:  James Lofton* (14,004), Henry Ellard (13,777), Torry Holt (13,382)

Players with 80 TDs and not 13,000 yards:  Don Hutson (99), Don Maynard (88), Lance Alworth(85), Hines Ward (85), Paul Warfield (85), Andre Rison (84), Tommy McDonald* (84), Irving Fryar (84), Mark Clayton (84), Antonio Gates (83), Art Powell (81).

*Pro Football Hall of Famer

Wayne has 13,154 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 65 straight games, snapping the previous best of Cris Carter (58, 1993-97).  Wayne has receptions in 184 of 190 career games.  He has multiple receptions in 179 outings and three or more receptions in 160 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 in 2012.  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.

Last year, 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 (13,159) is one of 14 players (two 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; 14,304, 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).

Last year, 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 on 10/7/12 was Wayne's 15th with 10 receptions, one behind Marvin Harrison's club record.  At 19, Andre Johnson is the NFL leader, while Wes Welker has 18.  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 on 10/7/12, 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.

Antoine Bethea had 11 tackles vs. Oakland and has 825 for his career.  Bethea is one of six Indianapolis Colts to top 700 career tackles (1,149 Jeff Herrod; 1,052, Duane Bickett; 785, Jason Belser; 754, Gary Brackett, 744, Eugene Daniel).

Bethea ranks first among active NFL safeties with 81 consecutive starts.

Kicker Adam Vinatieri has scored in the last 147 consecutive games. 

His 53-yard field goal with eight seconds left against Minnesota on 9/16/12 was the 24th game-winning kick of his career.

Vinatieri has 500 career field goal attempts, 10th in NFL history (Jason Elam is ninth at 540).  Vinatieri (712) is in fourth-place in Colts career scoring (995, Mike Vanderjagt; 783, Dean Biasucci; 778, Marvin Harrison).

Vinatieri has 1,158 points with New England and with 712 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 (1,870) is 9th in NFL career scoring (2,544, Morten Andersen; 2,434, Gary Anderson; 2,150, Jason Hanson; 2,062, John Carney; 2,004, Matt Stover; 2,002, George Blanda; 1,983, Jason Elam; 1,970, John Kasay).

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

Vinatieri has 15 career 100-plus point seasons.  He has five 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 NFL leader is Jason Elam (16).

Last year, linebacker Jerrell Freeman topped the club in tackles in each of the first seven games before the streak ended.  Freeman topped the team in tackles in 13 games.  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).

Last year, T.Y. Hilton had five 100-yard games in 2012 to set the club rookie record.   With 50-861, 7 TDs, Hilton was 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 2012 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 on 11/25/12, 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. 

Cornerback Darius Butler (two interceptions/one fumble recovered) had three takeaways at Jacksonville on 11/8/12, 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).

Last year, Tight end Dwayne Allen (45) set the club rookie tight end record for receptions.  He led all NFL rookie tight ends in receptions.

Linebacker Robert Mathis (92.5) had an eight-game sack streak end at New England on 11/18/12.  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.

Mathis can become 30th NFL player with 100 career sacks.  Mathis has sacked 49 different quarterbacks.  He has 66.5 against AFC teams and 26.0 against NFC teams.

Mathis has sacks in 73-of-147 career games and in 44-of-83 career starts.  Mathis has sacks against all 31 teams.

In 2012, 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; 128, WR-Reggie Wayne; 127, TE-Justin Snow; 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, Robert Mathis; 106, DE-Ordell Braase; 105, C/LB-Dick Szymanski.

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