Colts Notebook: Jan. 3

Scout.com reports on notes, quotes and numbers for the Indianapolis Colts as they prepare for the playoffs.

— Indianapolis has an 8-9 playoff record since the team moved from Baltimore prior to the 1984 season. The Colts are 9-9 in postseason games since 1984, including Super Bowl XLI.

— Assistant head coach/quarterbacks coach Jim Caldwell is drawing interest from some NFL teams as a potential head coaching candidate. Caldwell, who was a head coach at Wake Forest, has had interviews in recent years with Arizona and Minnesota.

— The last time Indianapolis had a first-round bye, after the 2005 season, the Colts dropped a 21-18 AFC home divisional playoff game to Pittsburgh.

— Indianapolis is 4-3 against the NFL playoff field this season, winning two games from Jacksonville, splitting with Tennessee, securing a victory against Tampa Bay and dropping close games to New England and San Diego.

— Of the 355 passes completed by the Colts this season, the positional breakdown includes 188 going to wide receivers, 107 to tight ends and 60 to running backs.


Gary Brackett and Tyjuan Hagler tackle Tampa Bay's Ike Hilliard
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— The Colts were No. 3 in total defense this season, giving up an average 279.7 yards a game. That's the best ranking and the lowest yield for the Colts since they were No. 1 in 1971 at 203.7.

— Indianapolis was No. 15 in run defense at 106.9 yards per game. That's 66.1 yards fewer than last season, when they ranked last, and the best ranking and lowest yield since 1995, when they were sixth at 91.1.

— The Colts ended up the regular season ranked No. 2 in pass defense at 172.8. They were second at 159.3 in 2006, but that comes with a qualifier: They were so dismal against the run, no one threw. Only Oakland faced fewer pass attempts. Set aside last season and the Colts permitted fewer passing yards this year than any since 1977, when they allowed 156.4.

— Indianapolis was No. 1 in scoring defense at 16.4 points. The Colts allowed 15.4 in 2005, when they ranked second. Beyond that, you won't find a better number since 1977, when they permitted 15.8.

— The Colts intercepted 22 passes, their most since snatching 23 in 1979.

— Indianapolis has forced 37 total turnovers this season (22 interceptions and 15 fumbles recovered).

BY THE NUMBERS: 14 — QB Peyton Manning had 14 interceptions this season, six of those coming in one game (at San Diego). The 14 interceptions are the most for Manning in a season since 2002, when he had 19 passes picked off.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I was a little surprised myself when we got the final stats and found out we led the league in (fewest) points allowed and we're up there in a lot of defensive categories. It's tough for people to envision us as a defensive football team, but we've got guys who have played hard all year. It's just been guys who have hung in there, played hard and played together. They've done a good job, and that's the one thing I think we do have is guys who do run and hit and play hard." — Colts coach Tony Dungy discussing his team's improved defensive effort this season.


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