RUSHING OFFENSE: A -- LaDainian Tomlinson tried to go, but his strained groin would not allow it. He was restricted to five carries and a touchdown before leaving. The real story was the emergence of Darren Sproles as he proved he is more than just a gadget player. Despite his small frame, he rushed for 105 yards and two scores. The run blocking was good, and Sproles took advantage. Whether he can duplicate it Sunday against the physical Steelers' defense remains to be seen.
QB Peyton Manning
RUSH DEFENSE: C - The Colts weren't into establishing a rushing attack and it showed with Joseph Addai getting but 16 carries in a close game. The Colts totaled only 64 rushing yards and 56 of those came from their running backs. Jamal Williams was a force in the middle as he disrupted running lanes and collected five tackles. Igor Olshansky had a good game with three tackles.
SPECIAL TEAMS: A - Sproles was unbelievable with 151 return yards but the same could be said for P Mike Scifres. He had the best game of his career with six punts landing inside the 20 and a long of 67. It's difficult to overestimate how important Scifres' effort was as this game came down to field position toward the end. K Nate Kaeding was clutch on his 26-yard field goal in the last minute to send the game into overtime.
COACHING: A - Norv Turner was keen in his play-calling as he was able to keep the Colts off-balance during various stretches in the game. Defensive coordinator Ron Rivera was solid as well in disguising coverages and matching wits with Manning. Both deserve credit, as does special teams coach Steve Crosby as his units turned in a sensational game. Kudos to Turner again for keeping this team together when the wheels were falling off in midseason. That had to come into play when it trailed the Colts with less than a minute to play.