Monday, January 7, 2013
On the Colts' failure to score on Ravens
By Paul Kuharsky
The Colts moved the ball in their last game of the 2012 season, they simply couldn’t score.
ESPN Stats & Information says Indianapolis’ 419 total yards were the second most by a team in a playoff game without an offensive touchdown. The 1988 Philadelphia Eagles managed 430 in a 20-12 loss at Chicago.
Those Eagles gained 430 yards in that game and are the only team in league history to gain more in a playoff loss than the Colts’ 419 in Baltimore.
Andrew Luck, under pressure all day, hit on 28 of 54 passes for 288 yards with a pick. Per Elias Sports Bureau, that is the second-most passing yards by a rookie in a playoff game in NFL history. Sammy Baugh had 335 in his postseason debut in 1937.
Luck and the Colts were victimized by drops. ESPN Stats & Information counted seven; four on third or fourth down. (Those throws could have raised Luck’s completion percentage from .519 to .648.)
Five different Colts receivers dropped a pass Sunday: T.Y. Hilton (2), Reggie Wayne (2), Donnie Avery, Vick Ballard and Coby Fleener.