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Indianapolis Colts

November 25, 2012

Colts in thick of playoff race


Don't look now, but the upstart Indianapolis Colts have jumped to the front of class when it comes to securing one of the two available wild-card berths in the upcoming AFC playoffs.
Coupled with the Pittsburgh Steelers' 20-14 loss at Cleveland Sunday, the Colts' 20-13 home-field win over Buffalo gives the team a 7-4 record and the inside track at the fifth seed in the post-season standings heading into next week's road game with Detroit.
Pittsburgh, meanwhile, had eight turnovers and were without its two top quarterbacks in losing to the Browns. The Steelers are now tied with surging Cincinnati for the second wild-card spot, both with 6-5 records.
While interim coach/offensive coordinator Bruce Arians continues to stress taking each game as they come, coming away with a win over Buffalo was huge for a Colts' team with playoff aspirations.
“You know in the beginning when this thing was put together, [coach] Chuck [Pagano] built everything on team. I think that was a team victory right there," Arians said Sunday. 
"I couldn’t be prouder of the football team because Chuck was [at the game] and the goal was to make him smile when he left. And I’m sure he’s up there [in team owner Jim Irsay's stadium suite] smiling.”
In order to get into its current position, though, Indianapolis had to battle through some rough patches en route to the win over the Bills. With the Colts' offense was slow to get untracked, it was left up to the defense and -- yes -- the special teams unit to come up with some big plays.
They certainly didn't disappoint. Rookie wide receiver T.Y. Hilton's 75-yard punt return for a touchdown midway through the first quarter had put Indianapolis out in front early, giving the Colts a lead that they would never relinquish.

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