Sunday, December 29, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Indianapolis Colts
By Mike Wells
INDIANAPOLIS -- A few quick thoughts on the Indianapolis Colts' 30-10 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
What it means: There was little doubt that the Colts would beat the Jaguars, who are officially on vacation, but the way they did it early on was the impressive part. The Colts had their best opening quarter of the season when they used the shotgun and no-huddle to score a season-high 17 points. Quarterback Andrew Luck was 10-of-18 for 135 yards in the first quarter, and running backs Trent Richardson and Donald Brown ran for both touchdowns in the quarter. Indianapolis held Jacksonville to 34 yards in the first quarter. The Colts (11-5) led by as many as 24 points and matched their win total of last season. The comfortable lead allowed Colts coach Chuck Pagano to rest Luck and several other key players in the fourth quarter. Pagano is the first coach in Colts history to win at least 11 games in each of his first two seasons.
Setting a record: Luck managed to set a record before watching the fourth quarter from the sideline. He passed Carolina quarterback Cam Newton for the most passing yards in the first two years of a career in the first quarter. Luck ended the afternoon 26-of-37 for 282 yards and a touchdown. He has now passed for 8,196 yards in the first two years of his career.
Mathis increases his total: Colts linebacker Robert Mathis made one final push to be the league’s defensive player of the year when he recorded two more sacks in his Pro Bowl season. Mathis ends the regular season with 19.5 sacks. He was held without a sack in only five games this season, and he had seven games where he recorded more than one sack in a game.
Hilton has a career day: Receiver T.Y. Hilton, who had been held without a 100-yard receiving game for six straight weeks, set a career high in receptions and yards with 11 catches for 155 yards. He surpassed his previous career high in catches of eight by halftime, when he had nine catches for 95 yards.
What’s next: The Colts will host a playoff game at Lucas Oil Stadium next weekend.