The Indianapolis Colts have never scored more points at Lucas Oil Stadium.
A 49-27 win over Washington Sunday required research to find the last time the Colts have scored this much. That would be a 49-24 AFC Divisional playoff win over Denver at the RCA Dome on Jan. 9, 2005. If just counting regular-season games, go back a few weeks earlier to 51-24 at the same venue against Tennessee on Dec. 5, 2004.
But wait, there’s so much more.
The Colts became the NFL’s first team to score six touchdowns on plays covering 30-plus yards since these Redskins had seven back in 1966. Tight end Coby Fleener’s two scoring grabs covered 30 and 73 yards. Rookie wide receiver Donte Moncrief’s two touchdowns came on 48- and 79-yard plays. Dan Herron had a 49-yard TD run. And linebacker D’Qwell Jackson returned a fumble 35 yards to the end zone.
The Colts (8-4) finished with 487 total yards, the ninth time this team has surpassed 400 this season, a franchise record.
Quarterback Andrew Luck, who had a career-high five TD passes, became the first Colts passer to have two touchdown passes of 70-plus yards. The 79-yarder to Moncrief was a career long for the passer and receiver. Luck has 10 300-yard-plus games this season, a new team record.
Luck’s 19 completions boosted his career total to 995, which passed Cincinnati’s Andy Dalton (992) for second-most in NFL history for a quarterback in his first three seasons.
He joined Johnny Unitas and Peyton Manning as the only Colts passers with 30 touchdown passes in a season. Luck is just the fifth NFL quarterback since 1970 to win 30 games in his first three seasons.
Wide receiver T.Y. Hilton had six receptions to boost his career total to 200, the most ever for a Colts receiver in the first three seasons of a career. He passed Marvin Harrison at 196.
Wide receiver Reggie Wayne is in second place on the franchise’s all-time games played list at 207. Wayne will tie Manning for the franchise record in his next game. Wayne also extended his NFL record of consecutive games with three receptions to 82. He’s also caught at least one pass in 130 games.
The Colts had a season-high six sacks. Erik Walden had two to boost his season total to five, a career seasonal best. Rookie outside linebacker Jonathan Newsome’s 1.5 sacks gave him 4.5 for the season.
Jackson’s touchdown was the second of his career, the other when he was with Cleveland, a 27-yard interception return against Philadelphia on Sept. 9, 2012. It was the Colts’ first defensive touchdown on a fumble return since Jamaal Anderson took one 47 yards against Pittsburgh in 2011.
Herron’s touchdown was the first of the second-year pro’s career and the 49-yard rush was his longest in the NFL.
Cornerback Vontae Davis, the team’s best cover guy, exited early with a concussion. Head coach Chuck Pagano said Davis would undergo the league-required concussion protocol during the week. … The Colts prevailed despite three turnovers, a tipped interception and two lost fumbles. … Fleener now has a career-high six TDs this season after the first two-score game of his three-year career. … Hilton has caught a scoring pass in four of five games. … Inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman had team-high 10 tackles. … Cornerback Greg Toler had one sack and one forced fumble. … The Colts forced five fumbles, but only recovered one, which Jackson scooped for the touchdown.
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