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Last night the Indianapolis Colts traveled to Pittsburgh with a stake of the winner going to the Superbowl on the line. The Colts were able to outlast the Steelers and win the game 23-16 in what was another epic, down to the last play game.
The defense early on in this game was just incredible on both sides. The Colts were able to get a few turnovers early in the game and converted those opportunities into points and would take a 10-0 first quarter lead. Each team would exchange field goals in the second quarter and the Colts felt good going into halftime leading 13-3 but we also understood that this game was far from over.
The Colts first possession of the second half would see the Steelers pick off QB Bradford and return it for a touchdown. This made the score 13-10 Colts. Both defenses in this game played just spectacular and after three quarters the Colts would hold a slim lead 13-10.
The Steelers would tie the game up in the fourth quarter after a made field goal. The Colts just seen that ten point lead evaporate and was concerned because the lack of offense they so far produced in the game. QB Bradford hit rookie WR Pritchett on a post corner route. He would make the catch and rumble 64 yards in for a score to put the Colts up 20-13. The Colts would add a field goal and would take a 23-13 lead with if i recall just over two minutes to go in the game. The Steelers would drive down and with around 51 seconds in the game would elect to kick a field goal, which would end up being good. This cut the lead to 23-16. The Colts setup for the onside kick but the Steelers kicker kicked one hell of a kick. The Steelers would recover the onside kick. Our job at this point was to do whatever we could to keep the Steelers out of the end-zone. The Steelers would drive down the field and it came down to a fourth down play with just four seconds remaining in the game. The Colts defense made the stop and the clock hit 0 and Colts fans and players started celebrating!
Coach Goodman said after this hard fought game that he was very proud of the job the defense did in this game. The offense was not pretty at all but we did just enough to advance. Neither offense could really do much of anything except for drives here and there and this game was all about both defenses and making each offense pay for their mistakes. A total of seven turnovers in this game. A big congrats to Jim Hatzis because no matter the score he kept at it and it was a very wild finish.
The Colts secured a spot in the SuperBowl for just the second time in franchise history. They will either play the Panthers or the Cowboys. This will be coach Goodman's second trip to the Superbowl in three PFL seasons. I would want nothing more than to bring a championship to my favorite team and we are on the cusp of seeing that as a reality. We know we have some work left to do and we will begin to prepare for the winner from the NFC.
The Colts theme for this season was taking care of business and we are almost there. The season has had its moments but the defense has played stellar this season. There was concerns early in the season after trading three starters to Kansas City for the electric wideout Williams but I feel as though we have found our groove on defense.
(by Bojack on 10/23/2017)
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