The Washington Times-Herald

Indianapolis Colts

December 31, 2012

What a difference a year makes

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INDIANAPOLIS — The Colts got the ball back with 9:46 remaining in the game and were able to run the clock out. Ballard was the workhorse on Indianapolis' final possession, picking up 27 yards on seven carries. He ended the day with a team-high 78 yards in 27 carries and a TD.

Hilton caught four passes for 111 yards and a touchdown while Wayne added four receptions for 40 yards. Cornerback Cassius Vaughn and inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman led the way for Indianapolis defensively, each with 10 total tackles.

Schaub connected on 24-of-36 passes for 275 yards but was held without a touchdown. Foster was held under the 100-yard mark (96 yards in 16 carries and a TD) two weeks after he gained 165 yards against Indianapolis.

Johnson, meanwhile, had a big day, hauling in a game-high 12 passes for 141 yards but was also kept out of the end zone. It was Johnson's 18th career game with 10 or more receptions.

Perhaps the most impressive statistics, however, was the job done on Watt, who had been a one-man defensive wrecking machine against Indianapolis two weeks ago with 10 tackles, three sacks and six tackles for loss. He ended Sunday's game with four total tackles, four tackles for loss and a pass broken up.

"This team never lost two games in a row. They’d have a bad moment and come right back and win four in a row, win three in a row. We talked about a long time ago. We asked guys what your legacy is going to be. What do you want them to say about you and what do you want them to say about this team 10 or 15 or 20 years from now? We’re still writing it. We’re still writing our story because the journey continues," Pagano said.

"They’ve done such an unbelievable job that they got us in the playoffs and we’ve got another ball game obviously to look for. I think the sky’s the limit when you look at what they just did to close [Sunday's game] out. Take nothing away from the Texans. They are a great football team and a class organization. They’ve got a great head football staff and great assistants and owners and on down the line and I take nothing away from them. They’ve had a great season. But to close this thing out the way they closed it out, come back after a slow start in the second half and then Deji [Karim] sees an opening and takes it to the house, what a spark. He just ignited us."

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