4 games from the 2023 season the Indianapolis Colts wish they could get back

The Indianapolis Colts were a few plays away from making the playoffs and playing a postseason game in front of a fired-up Lucas Oil Stadium.

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Week 7: Cleveland Browns 39 @ Indianapolis Colts 38

Watching this game unfold was like watching a death in the family. The Colts fought hard and just couldn't come up with the win. Being as this was an AFC team, this loss proved to be paramount in tie-breaking for the playoffs, with the AFC being as congested as it was.

The Browns rushing game destroyed the Colts defense for 21 points. Despite the passing game for the Browns throwing two interceptions and the Colts having nearly seven yards per play, Indy still found a way to lose this game, making it especially heartbreaking.

The Browns stripped Gardner Minshew twice and intercepted him once which they turned into 14 points. In this game, the offensive line struggled heavily in pass protection as Myles Garrett took advantage of a right-tackle position that struggled with health and inexperience. Still, the story of this game was the two back-to-back questionable calls against Indy, putting the Browns on the one-yard line and scoring the eventual go-ahead touchdown for the win.

After this game, the Colts were 3-4 and dropped two straight after Anthony Richardson had season-ending shoulder surgery. Despite outgaining the Browns by nearly 150 yards, their yards per play being nearly three yards more, and having five more minutes with the ball, the Colts lost one due to another second-half meltdown after having the lead in the first half.