Eye Of The Tiger: Indianapolis Colts Are The 2013 Survivors
by Pat Imig
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In 1982, Survivor released the "Eye of the Tiger", which would become one of the great hair metal ballads in history, and become the go-to song for boxers who train by punching raw meat and chasing farm chickens.
Last year, Katy Perry started singing about her eye of the tiger and her roar and while her bosom is nicer than all members of Survivor combined, a majority of football fans prefer the hair band over Perry according to our unfounded and unscientific poll.
This is brought up because the Colts are survivors.
Consider the following:
They are the first team in NFL postseason history to be -3 on the interception scale and win.
They are the second team in NFL postseason history to win after being down by 28 points; Buffalo's comeback over the Houston Oilers in 1993 being the other (32-point deficit).
Including the Wild Card victory, Andrew Luck has produced seven career wins when his Colts team has trailed by double digits.
The Colts allowed 287 total yards in their 23-7 win at Arrowhead Stadium in Week 16. They allowed 289 yards by the 3:50 mark in the second quarter, and still won.
First half deficits and comebacks are nothing new for the Colts as we saw in the second half of their regular season.
COLTS IN FIRST HALF OF GAMES THIS SEASON
- Trailed 21-3 at Houston in Week 9; won 27-24
- Trailed 28-0 vs. St. Louis in Week 10; lost 38-8
- Trailed 17-6 at Tennessee in Week 11; won 30-27
- Trailed 27-3 at Arizona in Week 12; lost 40-11
- Trailed 14-0 at Cincinnati in Week 14; lost 42-24
- Trailed 31-10 vs. Kansas City in AFC Wild Card; won 45-44
Yes, the Colts are survivors.
And if Cincinnati takes care of business at home against the Chargers, the Colts will head to Denver for Luck vs. Manning II.
Kansas City, by the way, finishes the season losing six of their final eight games after starting 9-0.
They finish with a 1-6 record against Quality Opponents (teams with winning records).
ALEX SMITH HAS MOST PROLIFIC PLAYOFF GAME EVER IN LOSING EFFORT
"The Game Manager" completed 30/46 passes for 378 yards, four touchdowns, zero interceptions and a lost fumble. He also rushed eight times for 57 yards.
Smith is one of 14 players in NFL history to throw four touchdowns and zero interceptions in a postseason game. He is, unfortunately for the Chiefs and their fans, the only one of those 14 to lose.
His four touchdowns were one better than Joe Montana's playoff franchise record, which took place in the team's last playoff victory in January 1994.
As the numbers indicate, Smith played well and did a superb job of evading the rush and making the most out of his scrambles.
He was resourceful when he had to be, completing two impromptu shovel passes, one for a touchdown.
When Brett Favre used to do that, the mainstream pundits would cream in their collective pants. “He’s having fun out there! BrettFavre!”
When Alex Smith does it, it’s just a shovel pass that warrants descriptions from NBC's Dan Hicks and Mike Mayock, such as:
“Who is this Alex Smith we’re seeing today?”
“He’s Mister Shovel!”
“Day at the Improv at Lucas Oil Stadium for Alex Smith.”
The knock on Smith for his afternoon will be two missed deep throws in the 4th quarter that would have put the Chiefs in field goal position.
For his postseason career, Smith has thrown nine touchdowns, zero picks and has a 1-2 record.
CHIEFS MIGHT HAVE USED ACTUAL CHIEFS TO FILL OUT ROSTER
Jamaal Charles suffered a concussion on the sixth play of the game and never returned. He accounted for 1980 total yards and 19 touchdowns during the regular season.
Backup running Knile Davis left midway through the fourth quarter with a knee injury.
Second overall pick in the 2013 draft Eric Fisher was inactive due to a groin injury.
Donnie Avery, who scored on a 79 yard touchdown pass, left the game due to concussion.
Brandon Flowers left with a concussion and didn't return.
So to be fair to Kansas City, their roster was depleted by game's end.
We haven't seen that many injured Chiefs since the Battle of Little Big Horn.
TRENT RICHARDSON VS DONALD BROWN -THE FUMBLES
For those keeping score at home, Trent's Richardson's first carry with the Colts in the regular season resulted in a one yard touchdown against the 49ers.
His first carry with the Colts in the playoffs resulted in a lost fumble. Perhaps Richardson didn't know what to do once he cut back and saw green field?
When fellow running back Donald Brown fumbled, Andrew Luck scooped it up and scored a touchdown. It really can't get worse for Richardson.
NOTE TO ALL NFL PLAYERS
When your teammate goes down with an apparent head injury after breaking up a pass or making a tackle, don't congratulate them by banging on their head.
This is unhealthy, probably a violation of NFL concussion protocol and looks really stupid. Keep this in mind the next time Laron Landry hits the carpet in pain.
TIME MANAGEMENT W/ ANDY REID: A LESSON IN FUTILITY
The Philadelphia Eagles and their fans are familiar with clock management problems on Andy Reid-coached teams.
To be fair to Reid, he had third string running back Cyrus Gray late in the game but there are no excuses for carelessly burning two timeouts.
And there is certainly no excuse for buring the final timeout after the two minute warning.
Reid's clock management was poor and the game itself was so long that it pushed back the start time of the Eagles/Saints by 15 minutes.
Hey if you're going to lose, might as well ruin the start time of your former employer as well.
CHIEFS WINLESS IN LAST EIGHT PLAYOFF GAMES
At least Lin Elliott didn't miss three field goals in a three-point loss.
The last time the Chiefs won a playoff game, Joe Montana was the quarterback and they played the Oilers in the Astrodome.
As mentioned above, if Cincinnati wins Sunday, Indianapolis travels to Denver for Luck/Manning II.
Only the Bengals have a longer playoff drought than Kansas City. The last time they won, they defeated the same Houston Oilers team in 1990.
So it could be worse for Kansas City.
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