With the division title locked up, next up on Indianapolis' wish list is having the best record in the AFC and home-field advantage in the playoffs.
"I think our guys, because of the kind of games we've had, have realized that it is tough to win in this league, and you never take winning for granted. It's been a good start," quarterback Peyton Manning said.
"I think our last (five) games, we've had to come back in the fourth quarter at some point in all of them. So, that's a lot of the way it's been this season. That's kind of the games that you anticipate having a lot of, especially when you get into late November and December."
Indianapolis coach Jim Caldwell has done a good job this season of having the Colts keep their eyes on one game at a time as well as one goal at a time.
"What I talk to the team about are the things that put us in the position to win," Caldwell explained.
"I don't talk about necessarily what's going to happen after we win. We try not to get ahead of ourselves. We figure if we prepare like we've been preparing and focus in on getting better, and we prepare to win, those other things will take care of themselves. We'll talk about those when it's over with."
UNDER THE RADAR: Indianapolis' rookie cornerbacks — Jerraud Powers and Jacob Lacey — continue to hold up pretty well this season despite facing several of the NFL's premier receivers in recent games. Powers has been in the starting lineup since the beginning of the season as veteran Marlin Jackson was bothered by a sore right knee.
Indianapolis' other veteran cornerback, Kelvin Hayden, has been bothered by hamstring, ankle and knee injuries for most of the season. His absence has allowed Lacey, an undrafted free agent, to get plenty of work this year. Hayden, though, appears to be close to returning on a regular basis.
BY THE NUMBERS: 18 — The Colts won their 11th game of the season, but their last five have been by a combined 18 points. Indianapolis has been forced to register furious fourth-quarter rallies in each of its last five games in wins over San Francisco, Houston, New England, Baltimore and Houston. The Colts scored 21 points in the fourth quarter during their come-from-behind win over the Texans.
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