INDIANAPOLIS — Who would have believed that it was possible?
"Just look at everything that has transpired over the last 12 weeks. This team has been resilient. They win a football game and then you have a couple of defeats. Come back and win the Green Bay game and then you go to New York and what happened [lost 35-9]. [Indianapolis] never lost two games in a row. They’d string three or four [wins] together, stub a toe here or there and then come right back and win a football game," Pagano related.
"So absolutely I believe that what they’ve created and what they have going on right now, for us not to go out there and play this football game and carry momentum. To be able to win this football game and send a message to everybody else, continue to send a message, I think that’s only to our benefit to go out there and try to win this football game, get number 11 and then carry that momentum into the playoffs. You want to get going into the playoffs with a good feeling. There’d be no better feeling than to have 11 wins under your belt and have that momentum going into the playoffs.”
The Colts coach credits Arians, as well as the rest of the team's coaching staff and players, for rallying together under tough circumstances.
“They’ve grown leaps and bounds. When I watch, especially these young guys, again going back to the veteran leadership and what they’ve given to these young guys and carried them through. The times they thought they were about out of gas and got them through that rookie wall, so to speak. I just see them gaining. They just got better each and every week. I look at every phase. They’d be the first ones to tell you that there’s a lot of things that you could do better. But they come to work every day, they did for the last 12 weeks and they did coming back," Pagano stressed.