Indianapolis Colts Set an NFL Record with Their 22nd Consecutive Victory

Ryan MichaelSenior Writer IIIDecember 13, 2009

History has been made.

The Indianapolis Colts won their 22nd consecutive regular season game with a 28-16 victory over the Denver Broncos, breaking the previous record of 21 held by the 2006-08 New England Patriots.

Yes, it is the regular season but in so doing, the Colts have managed to do something that no team in the 90-year history of the sport has done.

Perhaps even more impressive than their 22nd consecutive victory was the other major record they broke this Sunday.

The Colts won their 114th game this decade, making them the winningest franchise in any decade in NFL history.

After starting off with a 3-4 record last season, the Colts won nine consecutive games to close the regular season.

Their lone defeat came in a 23-17 overtime loss to the San Diego Chargers in the wild-card round of the playoffs last year.

Despite the fact that the Colts were 12-4 (having already defeated the Chargers in San Diego earlier in the season), they had to go on the road to face an 8-8 Chargers team who won one of the weakest divisions in recent memory.

The Chargers won the overtime coin-flip and marched right down the field to score a touchdown.

A loss is a loss; no one is arguing that point. But the circumstances that the Colts faced along the line to lose that game were unfavorable at best.

The Colts haven't been defeated in regulation since their October 27, 2008 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Monday Night Football.

Their 22nd consecutive victory didn't come in style. This is significant, very significant.

After the Colts jumped out to a 21-0 lead, they gave up 16 unanswered points.

Peyton Manning had thrown three touchdowns and zero interceptions over the course of their 21-0 lead, and then ended up throwing zero touchdowns and three interceptions as the Broncos put points on the board.

What I liked watching was the Peyton Manning who took over towards the end of the game. The Peyton Manning who marched down the field and threw another touchdown, with ease.

If nothing else, I expect this sloppy victory to further motivate the Colts to improve in the coming weeks.

At this point they have clinched home-field advantage and might very well begin to rest their starters.

Let’s hope they don't.

With as sloppy as the Colts began to look today, they cannot afford to gather rust with three weeks of the remaining regular season then the addition of the bye week that follows.

Don't be stupid; don't leave Peyton Manning in the game late in the fourth quarter trying to throw more touchdowns with a 21-point lead.

But allow the starters to play until the fourth quarter, and rest the guys who get small nicked up along the way.

Let's hope all of this record-breaking doesn't quench the Colts' thirst for more.

But regardless of how things play out for the rest of the season, the Colts' 22nd victory stands alone as one of the most impressive feats in NFL history, as does their 114th victory this decade.

Given that every team has tried but only the Colts have succeeded, I'd be feeling pretty good right now if I played for Indianapolis.