The Washington Times-Herald

Indianapolis Colts

November 25, 2012

Colts in thick of playoff race



The Colts controlled the final 3:22 of the game, picking up a big first down with an 11-yard run on second down. A 14-yard pass from Luck to wide receiver Reggie Wayne, also coming on second down, gave Indianapolis another first down and another chance to control the clock.
And, finally on third-and-10 with 1:48 left in the game, Luck's pass to Wayne was incomplete but the Bills were called for pass interference on the play. Game over.
Wayne ended the game with eight catches for 102 yards, which was impressive enough. But he also used his veteran skills as a receiver to draw a pair of crucial pass interference penalties, enabling the Colts to keep drives alive.
"All phases, our special teams, showed up huge. I thought they won the game for us. Not only with the return for the touchdown and the field position they created but how well they covered. Those are two great [kick] returners [Buffalo's Leodis McKelvin and Brad Smith]. We asked [punter] Pat [McAfee] to have his best game ever as a kicker and he really contributed. He kicked the ball great," Arians said afterward.
"They didn’t give them anything on defense, hung in there when they had to. Offensively, we were able to put a drive together and finish one there at the end of the third quarter, which I thought was a solid drive. At the end of the game, to be able to ice it out running and throwing. It’s not a time to get conservative, it’s a time to make first downs. Our guys did a good job of doing that."
Make no mistake. Buffalo had some success offensively. Spiller rushed 14 times for 107 yards, including a long run of 41 yards. Wide receiver Stevie Johnson caught six passes for 106 yards, with a long play of 63 yards. But on both of those plays, the Colts defense didn't allow a touchdown. And as the game turned out, not giving up a TD in either or both situations loomed large later.

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