Mission accomplished. In the wake of a 23-0 victory over the Titans, Indianapolis registered its first defensive shutout in 11 years and tied the league mark for the fewest touchdown passes allowed in a season (six, joining the 1978 Denver Broncos and the 1990 Pittsburgh Steelers).
Peyton Manning wanted to make a statement. He wasn't too pleased about how the Colts finished up the regular season a year ago in a 16-10 loss to Tennessee.
"The main goal was to get the win. I really didn't like what happened at the end of last year," Manning said. "We had the same situation and just didn't play as well as a team. (It was) a pretty good effort (Sunday) by all parts. We got a touchdown on the first drive and started making some substitutions. Young guys came in different spots. (The) running backs did a good job and some of those young (offensive) linemen did a good job. Defensively, having the shutout was nice."
Indianapolis will take a 12-4 record into this week's AFC wild-card round, where the Colts will face San Diego on the road.
"You can only ask to get in. And we've done well enough and we've played well enough to do that. At this point, there are a handful of teams that have a shot at (the Super Bowl)," said Vinatieri. "We have to go out there and play well every week. Now, every team that you play is a good team and they deserve to be there. So you have to play a little bit better."
"We have no choice (to be ready). We need to have a good week of practice. I think the biggest key during our win streak is we have that good preparation. So the main focus now is having a good week of practice," he said.
Quote: "I was kind of in his ear the whole game calling plays into him. We were huddling, which is something that is a little different (for the Colts). Jim did a good job. But, no, I was not doing any coaching out there. That's (offensive coordinator) Tom Moore's job. Tom was calling the plays and I was just talking to Jim and trying to help him out when I could." — Manning on helping backup quarterback Jim Sorgi during the Tennessee game.
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