Indy wins 28-16. There were records set, but none matter more than 13-0. We failed to knock them off their pedestal and give them their first loss of the season. It's tough to handle. Not the end of the world though. Our playoff hopes are still alive and we proved we can have a shot once we get there. We could have won. We didn't. Mistakes and missed opportunities, along with poor play calling. It was a good game, just not the result we wanted.
Now we are left wondering, why? We won the time of possession and the turnover battles. We even won the coin flip.
To many fans the biggest question of why is directed at coach McDaniels. Why continually try to run Knowshon Moreno up the middle on third and short, fourth and short, goal line and even a two point conversion try. We have a 240 pound fullback that can run the ball and, seems to all, better equipped to get the job done. His name Peyton Hillis.
To me it was a no brainer to counter Peyton with Peyton. Just on short yardage plays mostly. Especially after Correll Buckhalter went down.
It's in the books now and there is nothing we can do about it except hope the coach learned something. The star of the game was not Manning . It was Dallas Clark. His outstanding catch right after a drop exemplifies his willpower and determination. Manning knows this, which is why he went right back to him. Hillis resembles Clark in many ways. We need to use him.