Colts Notes and Quotes: Jan. 5

Catch up with some of the latest notes, quotes, and news on the Colts in this feature from our friends at the Sports Xchange!

— "The Jets game will have nothing to do with what happens in that first playoff game; I'm just telling you. If we win, it's because we played better than (the opponent) that day. And if we don't, it's because they played better. I know that's what everybody is waiting to see, but I don't see (last Sunday) being a factor." — QB Peyton Manning, on moving on to the postseason.

— "I just want to say to our fans how much we're going to need them. They've been unbelievably passionate and supportive. The only way we're going to be able to win in two weeks is if everybody is in there together. The fans are going to have to be there for us. We hope they'll forgive what happened (and) that we can all move on together." — Manning, reaching out to the team's fans after the Buffalo game.

— "We kind of pride ourselves on not having to have one of those (player meetings) every so often. But you don't want the media or anyone else telling you what your team is or isn't. You don't want those guys to define you. It was just making sure young guys stay focused on the task at hand." — C Jeff Saturday, on Manning talking to the team last week about the loss to the Jets and the need to move on.

— "It was a good thing to just air it out, and if anybody had any problems, just know the task we have at hand. It was good to get it out there and put it behind us. We've got a lot of things accomplished this year, and it's nothing to be down about, and we've still got a lot of things to look forward to. If everybody just comes in next week with a clear mind, I think we'll be fine." — S Antoine Bethea, on Manning talking to the team after the loss to the Jets.

— The Colts allowed two running backs to eclipse the 100-yard mark in the first 11 games. Four backs hit the century mark against Indianapolis in the past five games.

— Indianapolis has allowed at least 200 rushing yards in two consecutive games. Buffalo's 248 yards were the most since the Colts allowed 375 to Jacksonville in 2006.

— QB Peyton Manning entered the Buffalo game with a 101.0 passer rating, and it seemed a given he'd exit it with a fourth season of at least 100. Despite completing 14 of 18 passes for 95 yards, his first-quarter interception dropped his season rating to 99.9.

— WR Reggie Wayne made his 115th consecutive start and 134th straight appearance. Both are the longest streaks by an active receiver in the NFL.

— DT Daniel Muir left the Bills game with a turned ankle but appears to be fine. An update on his injury isn't expected until Wednesday at the earliest.

— QB Curtis Painter completed just eight of 28 passes for 83 yards with two interceptions and two fumbles in his two games with extended playing time against the Jets and Bills.

— WR Hank Baskett hit his head on the frozen turf at Ralph Wilson Stadium as he attempted to catch a pass Sunday. He left the game for a short time but was able to return late in the fourth quarter. Baskett is expected to be fine for the Colts' opening playoff game.


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