Notes: Castonzo goes 'Street Fighter' on TD

Offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo celebrates first NFL touchdown with Dhalsim dance from popular video game.

Anthony Castonzo had his touchdown celebration rehearsed.

He just won’t get to enjoy it much now because the offensive left tackle’s first touchdown at any level came in a 42-20 Indianapolis Colts loss to New England Sunday night at Lucas Oil Stadium.

In an otherwise depressing game for Colts fans, though, it was a highlight, sure to make the social-media rounds.

It’s often suggested every lineman’s dream is to score a touchdown and Castonzo delivered on a tackle-eligible play with a 1-yard scoring catch in the fourth quarter.

The 6-foot-7, 311-pound lineman threw the football aside, crouched and waved his arms to his head, in kind of like a half jumping jack motion. In the interest of full disclosure, Castonzo said the celebration was from a video game character.

“That was the Dhalsim celebration from ‘Street Fighter II,’” Castonzo said with a smile, in reference to the video game’s yoga master from India. “He’s kind of like a left tackle in a sense in that he uses his hands to keep guys away from him.

“His other celebration is where he floats in mid-air, but I wasn’t prepared to do that one.”

He became the first Colts offensive lineman to score a touchdown since Jamey Richard recovered a fumble for a score against Tennessee on Dec. 28, 2008, at this venue.

Years from now, Castonzo will be able to look back at the moment with a laugh. But not this night, the way this game unfolded.

“It’s my first touchdown ever so there’s a little piece of me that was excited about it,” said the fourth-year pro, “but ultimately we didn’t win the game. That’s the biggest thing.”

Luck’s 300 run

Colts quarterback Andrew Luck passed for 303 yards, his franchise-record eighth consecutive game with 300 yards passing. If he passes for 300 yards next Sunday against Jacksonville, he’ll tie New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees for the longest streak in NFL history. Brees did it twice.

It’s also Luck’s ninth 300-yard game of the season, tying Peyton Manning’s team record set in 2009.

Luck completed 23 passes, marking the 12th consecutive game of at least 20 completions. That ties Manning for second on the franchise’s all-time list. Manning has the record at 14.

Also noteworthy

Safety Mike Adams intercepted Tom Brady twice to boost his season total to four, which ties a season career best. He also had two interceptions against Tennessee in Week 4. … Adams and inside linebacker D’Qwell Jackson each had a game-high 11 tackles. … Kicker Adam Vinatieri made two field goals to extend his streak of successful kicks without a miss to 28, which ties Mike Vanderjagt for second on the team’s career list. He has a ways to go to catch Vanderjagt’s team record of 42. Vinatieri also surpassed 100 points for the season, the 17th time he’s done it, a new NFL record. He was tied with Jason Elam at 16. Vinatieri also became just the fourth NFL player to surpass 2,100 career points. … Pat McAfee had a 56.7-yard average on three punts, giving the punter 14 career games with at least a 50-yard punting average. That ties Hunter Smith for second on the franchise list, one shy of Rohn Stark’s 15 from 1982 to 1994.

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