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“"We're not going after anything but a win n Jacksonville, look at the last half century of SupBowl winners n c how many had 1st pick," Jim Irsay wrote on Twitter late Tuesday night. Fans have a different view. A win, coupled with a loss by St. Louis (2-13), would drop the Colts from the No. 1 overall slot down to No. 2, and likely out of the Andrew Luck sweepstakes. Most expect the Stanford quarterback to go in that top slot, whether the Colts or Rams have the pick or trade it. The possibility of losing the No. 1 pick didn't even seem plausible three weeks ago when the Colts were still winless. Two wins in five days, over division rivals Tennessee and Houston, and an extended break after last Thursday's win have suddenly created doubts. It's not the first time the Colts have faced such a predicament. After going 0-10 in 1997, Indy won three of its next five, then needed a loss at Minnesota in the season finale to secure the No. 1 pick. It worked out with the selection of Peyton Manning, and the die-hards believe it would all work the same way again this year. The Jags have a hand to play in this, too. With Maurice Jones-Drew a near lock to win the league's rushing title and an interim coach running the team, a Jags loss would not just help their draft position but could also prevent the Colts from taking another franchise quarterback they'd have to face twice a year for more than a decade. "That's not a part of my thinking at all," Jaguars interim coach Mel Tucker said. Indy's players and coaches are saying the same thing. Still, Colts fans point to 2009 when the team benched most of its key players early in the second half of Game 15, throwing away a chance at a perfect season. In the regular-season finale, most of the starters were yanked early at Buffalo. Back then, Bill Polian, now the team's vice chairman, said the perfect season was not a goal but winning the Super Bowl was. The Colts also lost to New Orleans in the title game. Now, with seemingly nothing to gain and everything to lose, those who covet the No. 1 pick argue Indy should do the same thing. Don't count on it. "In this locker room, everyone wants to be in there," said Curtis Painter, who replaced Manning against the Jets in 2009. "Back then, I think the guys wanted to play then, too. Every guy wants to play and there's certainly no difference this year."
It's better not to respond to that at all. We play to win.” -- Robert Mathis, on fans' pleas for Colts to lose