Nothing about Sundays AFC wild-card game in Indianapolis resembled a 16-point domination(except the next score). Rarely doesa team soundasrelieved about a26-10winat home being the Colts did about shaking off of the Bengals, a group one of the beaten mercile sly, 27-0, on a single fieldin October.
The difference was more compact than 16 points;smaller as opposed to the Colts' 10-pointthird quarter;smaller even compared to the touchdown with eight minutes left with the third that separated the teams for better. It has been one adhere to one player, who otherwise didnt have got a stellar game and wasn't afraid to confe s it.
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"We weren't perfect, and obviously thats that which you should Patrick Peterson Jersey be," Indy quarterback Andrew Luck told reportersafter the game play. "It certainly felt like we weren't shooting ourselves in the foot far too much. But those penalties, i cannot survive those forever, and whenever we at a negative balance zone it's good to score touchdowns."
The Colts was required to be happy with short Adam Vinatieri field goals twice while in the first half after marching included in the 20. They fumbled once. Receivers dropped pa ses, in particular the healthy and active-but-surprisingly unpredictable T.Y. Hilton. The Bengals started fast by incorporating offensive creativity. TheColts held a slight lead,13-10, when the third quarter approached the halfway point.
Then came the separation.
Luck did something he could do almost at will.Andy Dalton, Luck'sBengals counterpart, either can't or simplynever has. Luckshowed how athletic, improvisational and aware he could go to the foremost critical moment.His 36-yard touchdown pa s to John Wetzel Jersey Donte Moncrief, while on the road, with perfect touch, with a tackler hanging onto him after you have eluded a blitzer, was the throw of the playoffsto that period of time.
It gave the Colts a 20-10 lead that provedinsurmountable, considering the fact that Luck can easily make a play prefer this ... and noBengal can.
Dalton, in truth, was when the.He led the offense to every one of nine yards on four three-and-out po se sions in this particular quarter. His great teams season ended the same as the previous three: from the playoffs from game, along with the offense flatlining (accurately with the 43 points with the four lo ses). The franchise's postseason victory drought, dating back to 1991, continues.
Luck wasnt pretty well his numbers (376 yards pa sing, no interceptions, 18 yards rushing) suggest not with Vinatieri requiring you to kick four field goals. He been able to Pat Tillman Jersey be elite in one pa s, though, thinking that was suitable.
Said coach Chuck Pagano: "Having some man thats big highly effective like Andrew, and can create moving forward, lookingat thursday, hes gonna have to do the same principal. He's gonna need to create some plays. He's gonna must move about and get some first downs by using his legs, that kind of thing. Obviously, its a benefit."
It was on Sunday. And it may be nece sary next weekwhen the Colts be in the second-seeded Broncos in Denver Peyton Manningis fewer going to have got a game like Dalton'sin the playoffs. Once they met from the season-opener in Denver, Manning virtually buried Indianapolisin the earliest half,building a 24-0 lead Luck couldnt overcome.
The Colts about the Bengalsgot away with being only marginally better. Luck didnt care for the aesthetics.
"In Earl Watford Jersey the playoffs,"he said, "what you know is at you can forget manufactured, for those who win, thats good; in case you lose, you're from home. Thats what matters."