Forced to stop Buffalo again, the defense allowed two net yards on the
next three plays and caused a punt with 3:32 to play. The Colts offense
took over at its own 5 and used an 11-yard run by Donald Brown, a 14-yard
reception by Reggie Wayne and a pass interference penalty against Bills
rookie Stephon Gilmore to run out the clock.
The win, coupled with the Pittsburgh Steelers’ loss to the Cleveland
Browns, gives the Colts a one-game lead for the fifth seed in the AFC
playoffs with five regular season games remaining.
Indianapolis head coach Chuck Pagano, preparing for his third and final
round of chemotherapy to fight leukemia, again was in attendance. He waved
to fans from owner Jim Irsay’s suite during the fourth quarter and
received a loud ovation.
“I couldn’t be prouder of the football team because Chuck was here, and
the goal was to make him smile when he left,” Arians said. “And I’m sure
he’s up there (in Irsay’s suite) smiling.”