With possibly the season on the line, the Colts stepped up to the plate and earned a win that we will remember for quite some time.
Down 10 with 14 minutes to play. That’s what the Colts faced on Sunday in one of their most important games so far this season. Indianapolis could have very well thrown in the towel, as Miami had all the momentum at that point… but as we have seen so far in 2018, this Colts team is different.
What ensued in that 14 minutes was high quality football in all aspects of the game. The Colts would score 13 unanswered points on their way to the win of their season so far. And when we say high quality for ALL aspects of the game… we mean it. Vinatieri would nail both his field goals in that 14 minute stretch, showing that his confidence never fails. The offense marched down the field in a fashion where nobody was going to stop them, culminating in the play of the season between Luck and Chester Rogers. If anybody had lingering doubts about Luck, they can officially throw them out the door… he’s back.
And how about the defense, once again pulling through when it mattered the most, forcing two huge 3-and-outs to put Luck and the offense in prime position. Even Rigo pulled through on a perfectly placed kickoff that backed Miami deep into their own end to start.
All in all, this was a statement game, plain and simple. If anyone was questioning the talent of the Indianapolis Colts, they really no longer can. No longer can it be said that the Colts comeback in Oakland was a fluke. No longer can it be said that this Colts defense falters when it matters. Indianapolis is back, and the NFL is taking notice.
Even with the 3 turnovers in the first half the Colts did not waver, they stayed strong and continued moving forward in a game that had monster implications for the Wild Card berth in the playoffs.
If you would have told a Colts fan in the beginning of the year that the Colts would have a 5 game win streak, they would have laughed. But, that is where we stand as of today. This last portion of the season will have a lot at stake, and the opportunity for the Colts to make the playoffs, something they haven’t done in their past three seasons.
When Vinatieri was asked about his missed field goal he said he needed to keep his confidence, “because turning one crappy kick into two is definitely not what we’re looking for”. Well, the Colts showed this kind of resilience and mentality once again versus the Dolphins, and if we keep seeing these kind of Colts on the field… that playoff appearance will be more than just a hope.