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Posted By Martin Foster On Jan 26 2010 @ 4:50 am In Indianapolis Colts | 1 Comment

What if the Colts left their starters in week 16? I’d say we have our answer now


Sunday afternoon the Jets proved to be a worthy opponent for the squad from Indy.  They held the Colts’ offense in check, allowing only two field goals for much of the 1st half.  On the other side of the ball they made the most of big plays leading to scores.  Unfortunately for the Green NFL games are played over 60 minutes, not 25. 


Early in the game NY appeared to game plan well for the favored home team. They conquered the tough tasks of sacking Peyton Manning twice and made Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark after thoughts. On offense they caught Indy’s defense off guard, throwing deep twice which resulted in two touchdowns.


As expected, it was only a matter of time until the Colts’ offense found their stride.  Before halftime they stormed down the field in less than a minute to pulled within four points.  From that point Peyton Manning and crew proceeded to have their way.  Manning threw for 3 TDs and 377 but he wasn’t the full story here.  The young receivers of Indianapolis had a field day.  Second year receiver Pierre Garcon not only had the game of his career but also a record setting day.  He reeled in 11 catches for 151 yards and a trip to the end zone.  Rookie wide out Austin Collie also put on quite a show.  His day consisted of 7 catches for 123 yards and a touchdown of his own.


For the last few seasons the Indy defense has been referred to as the weak point of the team.  They’ve been known as soft, vulnerable, and any other less than flattering adjective you can come up with.  Thus far in the playoffs they have been anything but.  After allowing 17 points they completely shut down the Jets for the remainder of the game.  Much like in the previous week against the Ravens, the defense put the clamps on a league leading rushing attack.  Jets’ QB Mark Sanchez found himself struggling to find open receivers while being chased out of the pocket by pass rushers. Once again the under rated defense of the Colts were up to the task.


After a slow start the Colts were able to avenge their first “loss” of the season on their way to the Superbowl.



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