Revisiting the Colt’s bizarre blizzard showdown vs Buffalo in 2017.
The 2017 season was one to forget for the Indianapolis Colts. Fans will unfortunately be quick to remember that it was doomed from the start when quarterback Andrew Luck was placed on injured reserve and shut down for the year after experiencing multiple setbacks from offseason shoulder surgery.
As a result, Indy suffered through their worst campaign since 2011, when they ironically finished 2-14 and went on to take Luck with the first overall pick in the draft. The 2017 Colts weren’t that unwatchable, but it is worth noting that only two teams in the league (the Giants and Browns) finished with a worse record than them.
Because of that, the fan base would probably be hard-pressed to rattle off memorable moments from that lost year. However, it wouldn’t be surprising if they pointed to the compelling late-season blizzard showdown against Buffalo as the undisputed game of the year.
In honor of its four-year anniversary, let’s take a stroll down memory lane and relive some of that game’s greatest moments. Full disclosure: to view the full video, you’ll probably have to click the “Watch on YouTube” link below.
The end result might not have been what the Colts wanted — they lost on a LeSean McCoy touchdown scamper with less than two minutes remaining in overtime– but this was football in its purest form, and we don’t want to hear any counter arguments.
Both Indianapolis and Buffalo found absolutely zero success in the passing game as they combined to total 156 yards through the air. Given how difficult it was for quarterbacks to find a solid grip and receivers to make sharp cuts on the snow-littered turf, the rushing attack took center stage.
Facing stacked boxes on seemingly every play, neither team found much real estate to exploit in the game. Colts running back Frank Gore took 36 carries (!) for 130 yards while McCoy compiled 156 rushing yards on 32 carries. His stat line would have looked a lot less appealing if not for his game-winning 21-yard touchdown run in OT.
How insane were the blizzard-like conditions? Well, let’s just say that the NFL was forced to implement a rule change after the contest, stating that grounds crew and coaching staff personnel are not allowed to help clear away snow for a kickoff, punt or field goal while a game is in progress.
For those wondering, footage from the game showed non-players taking it upon themselves to help Indianapolis clear a path leading up to a kickoff. This storyline really made Adam Vinatieri’s improbable 43-yard extra point to send the game to overtime all the more impressive.
There was hardly any offense on display, but this game genuinely had a little bit of everything and really helped Colts fans (despite the loss) forget about how miserable the 2017 season was for three hours.