Tuesday Morning Running Back Week 14: Colts Gallop to Top Seed in AFC.
It was a day just like any other in Indianapolis, Indiana for their beloved football team.
Sure they had a few speedbumps along the way, but the important thing is that they defended their home turf yet again.
But this victory was unlike any other regular season victory, for there was so much more at stake.
Not only could the Colts clinch the AFC's top seed, but they could also set NFL records for the most consecutive regular season victories in league history, and the most victories ever in a decade by one team.
It wasn't pretty, the Colts almost blew a 21-point lead and had no answer for Brandon Marshall on defense.
But Gary Brackett's 10 unassisted tackles and a key interception by Tim Jennings allowed the Colts to hold on and accomplish everything outlined above.
There was little pomp and circumstance after the game, Peyton Manning and his teammates remained humble.
They continue to favor a business as usual approach as they strive for perfection.
But as the pressure mounts, they must ask themselves what's more important, a perfect season or a title?
Perfection is great, but as the Patriots learned two years ago, you won't be fondly remembered if you don't go all the way.
Though I'm fairly certain if you asked Peyton Manning which of those options he prefers, he'd say he'd rather take it one game at a time.
He would'n't have it any other way.
Elsewhere in Week 14 action:
- Losing to the Browns just cements how awful a season it's been for the Steelers. I don't even think the Steel Curtain defense could help them now.
- The Cowboys must have a December curse. Marion Barber was stopped three times at the Charger one-yard line, Nick Folk continues to miss field goals, and DeMarcus Ware got carted off on a stretcher. What's next, Tony Romo breaking his pinkie?
- The Giants certainly had the offense in sync on Sunday night, but their inability to stop DeSean Jackson put a dent in their playoff hopes.
- A devastating blow to the Saints would have been to lose to a Falcons team that was missing Matt Ryan and Michael Turner. However. Jonathan Vilma's bone-crushing hit on Jason Snelling avoided a disaster.
- An inspired effort by the Minnesota defense allowed them to move within one game of clinching the NFC North despite Brett Favre's sub-par day.
- Kellen Clemens wasn't great, but he was adequate at the very least in filling in for the injured Mark Sanchez. It was really Thomas Jones who carried the Jets' offense to victory.
- Here's a surprising fact, did you know the Dolphins have never lost a game in December under Tony Sporano? That streak continued Sunday with a strong team effort against the Jaguars.
- As a fantasy owner, it's so nice to have a guy that's not having a good season reward your faith in him. Ryan Grant finally did that for me.
- Ray Rice is an unheralded back in the NFL. The defense gets all the love in Baltimore, but Rice's 166-yard effort should not be overlooked in a beating against the Lions.
- I know people have been calling for Gary Kubiak's head in Houston, but when his offense is on point, it's difficult to stop. Just ask the Seahawks secondary.
- It's rare to see the Bills get a big play, but hats off to them for forcing two turnovers in the final 2:11 to seal a victory.
Randy Moss is in a funk, and he better snap out of it before the Patriots get even more dysfunctional than they are now.
- I applaud the Titans for fighting to the finish line, but the sad truth is, they need a lot of help to keep their slim playoff hopes alive.
- Redskins fans had learned learned to dread the fourth quarter before Sunday since they had blown three straight game in it. But this Sunday was different, as they exploded on the poor Raiders and turned a close game into a blowout.
- Turnover ratio is a key statistic in the NFL. Unfortunately for the Cardinals I can't think of a team that has ever turned the ball over seven times in a game and still won.
- Can the Cowboys finally win in December? Will the Chargers finally lose in December? And will the NFL Network finally show a good game? We'll find out the answers to these and other questions next week. Have a good one.
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