Leaving the game Sunday I was in high spirits as the Colts beat the Buffalo Bills 20 to 13 and a small group of Buffalo fans sitting in the upper level (surrounded by a herd of Colts fans) left in a quiet manner. Anyone who has ever attended any sporting event that involves Buffalo fans knows that they are not quiet very often. It was a sweet feeling to have the Colts not only gain another victory but to sit with a 7 – 4 record; slowly but surely securing a playoff spot. This is a far cry from the 2 – 14 record the Colts posted only one season before and from the “expert” opinions of ESPN anchors claiming the Colts should be happy with a 3, 4 or 5 win season. Not only did the Colts win but multiple storylines came from the game as well.
First TY Hilton continued to show why Grigson put his faith in him as a wide receiver and player in general. The crowd erupted on two big plays by Hilton. The first was a rare punt return for a touchdown – something the Colts do not make a habit of doing. The second was a touchdown catch from Andrew Luck, the only one of the game, which helped secure the 20 to 13 victory. Hilton has proven to be a productive player for the Colts but as the season has matured so has Hilton and his knack for providing a spark or big play when needed.
A second storyline was “brought to you by: Reggie Wayne, your favorite Colt veteran”. Wayne was rightfully greeted by the loudest welcome in Sunday’s game. Wayne had a variety of big catches in clutch moments. Two of his catches helped drive the Colts within the 10 yard line and pick up the two field goals of the day. One of those catches was in the final seconds of the second quarter and established a 13 to 6 lead at the half. Wayne also was able to pick up two critical first downs by drawing pass interference. One of those penalties came at the end of the game on a 3rd and long, giving the Colts a first down and securing the win. Lastly and most importantly Wayne broke the record of 58 straight games with 3+ catches a game; Wayne now sits at 59 straight games.
The Marris Minute
P.S. - Shout out to Freeman, linebacker for the Colts, on having 16 tackles during yesterday's game; yes you read that correctly, 16 tackles.