Indianapolis Colts Report Card

The Colts closed out the regular season with their ninth straight win and head into the playoffs with a 12-4 record. Inside, see how breaks down each phase of the Colts' team as they begin their quest for a second Super Bowl in three years.


The Colts completed 29 of 37 passes for 273 yards and one touchdown against Tennessee as starter Peyton Manning (7-for-7, 95 yards, one TD) and backup Jim Sorgi (22-for-30, 178 yards) split the duty. Eleven Indianapolis receivers caught a pass, led by WR Marvin Harrison's seven receptions for 31 yards and TE Dallas Clark's six catches for 59 yards. The Colts' first touchdown of the game came on a 55-yard catch and run by RB Joseph Addai.


Indianapolis was missing RBs Dominic Rhodes and Chad Simpson, who were both held out to rest injuries. Addai saw his first action in two weeks after sitting out with an injury and had just one carry. The rest of the workload was handled by former practice squad RB Lance Ball, who finished the game with 83 yards on 13 carries, and Najeh Davenport, who added 26 yards on eight rushing attempts. The Colts ran for 121 yards as a team, averaging 4.5 yards per carry.


The Colts recorded three sacks on the day, 2.5 by rookie DEs Marcus Howard (1.5) and Curtis Johnson (1.0), and five quarterback hurries. With starting DEs Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis sitting out, as well as S Bob Sanders and S Melvin Bullitt, Indianapolis held three Titans quarterbacks to 11-of-17 passing for 62 yards.


A pretty good day's work against Tennessee, allowing 83 yards on 18 carries. The Titans held out rookie sensation Chris Johnson, allowing LenDale White, Vince Young and a couple of backups to handle things. Tennessee had one run longer than 10 yards (13) and averaged 4.6 yards per rushing attempt.


If there were a down spot for Sunday, it was the Colts' kickoff coverage against Tennessee. The Titans averaged 33.8 yards on five kickoff returns, including returns of 33 and 50 yards. P Hunter Smith only kicked twice, averaging 38 yards (both actual and net). PK Adam Vinatieri hit on three field goals (28, 21, 38). KR Pierre Garcon had one kickoff return for 22 yards (it could have been longer if not for a holding penalty), and PR Keiwan Ratliff had one punt return for 10 yards.


A nine-game winning streak heading into the playoffs. A 12-4 regular-season record after getting off to a 3-4 start. Tony Dungy has his team on a roll right now, and that was never more in evidence that in Sunday's win over Tennessee. While both teams rested key players and both teams kept things fairly vanilla on offense and defense, Dungy had the Colts' backups and rookies in the proper frame of mind. It was probably the best game of its kind that Indianapolis had played in several seasons. There was no going through the motions against the Titans, and that's a credit to the coaching staff.

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