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Saturday, October 12, 2013
Colts rely on more than Luck in 4th quarter

By Mike Wells

INDIANAPOLIS -- Quarterback Andrew Luck is usually the first person to come to mind when talking about the Indianapolis Colts’ fourth-quarter success.

Luck does deserve credit. He’s led the Colts on nine fourth-quarter comebacks in just 21 NFL games since being drafted No. 1 overall in 2012.

But there’s a unit that also needs to be recognized for what its done in the final 15 minutes of the game this season.

The Colts’ defense has been just as good as Luck in the fourth quarter. They’ve only allowed seven points in the final quarter this season.

“One play at a time,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. “All you got, 60 minutes, don’t judge. It means don’t look at the scoreboards. Doesn’t matter if you’re up, if you’re down. Play as hard as you can and make sure you’re in position when the play shows up you’re there to make it.”

Indianapolis defense has been so impressive that they haven’t allowed any points since Oakland’s Terrelle Pryor found Denarius Moore on a 5-yard touchdown pass with 11:09 left in the game in Week 1.

That means the defense has shut out the opponent for the past 71 minutes, 9 seconds in the fourth quarter. San Francisco and Seattle, two Super Bowl contending teams, are on the list of shutout victims.

“It’s impressive,” Luck said. “It’s so much nicer watching them instead of going up against them in training camp every day and you get frustrated when you throw an interception in a two-minute drill. It’s been a true pleasure playing with those guys this year so far.”

Here’s a breakdown of the Colts on defense in the fourth quarter: