Indianapolis Colts hold off Green Bay Packers


Now that was fun, wasn't it?

Unfortunately, the team squandered that chance with a lackluster performance against the Colts. At 4-4, the Packers somehow trail the division-leading Minnesota Vikings (5-3) by only a game - with the Lions (5-4) sandwiched in there. They just continue to work and work and work and work. That's all the Colts needed, who not only scored but milked all but 11 seconds off the clock. And Luck enjoyed throwing to a healthy Donte Moncrief when T.Y. Hilton was quiet until late in the game. Another third-down conversion three plays later ended the Packers' comeback.

But the defense is still an issue, especially late in the game. This version doesn't have any of those attributes. "We've got to respond a little bit better".

But the way these two clubs are playing right now, it's hard to see more than one of them getting to the playoffs or either of them winning a playoff game. It was a great ball game, it was a hard-fought ball game. Instead, Colts quarterback Andrew Luck shed Clinton-Dix, who came in too high on the 6-foot-4, 234-pounder, and hit tight end Jack Doyle for a 20-yard gain. They remained just aggressive enough to sneak away with a win. There were some things that happened out there tonight that were obviously very frustrating. The pass rush couldn't get home with just four even though the short-handed Indianapolis line had given up more sacks than every National Football League team. Pagano's faith in his defense has cost the Colts wins against Detroit and Texans, and almost would have in Tennessee if Marcus Mariota could hold onto the ball.

The offense overcame a slow start with two touchdowns within a four-plus minute span of the fourth quarter. "Regardless of who that man is, we expect them to do their job as well as they can and give us a chance to win games".

Where did Jordan Todman come from? "Didn't quite understand what [receiver Randall] Cobb's status was, so we got him in there the last couple drives, but yeah, it was frustrating".

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Green Bay's next three games are on the road, beginning with next Sunday's game at Tennessee. Honestly wasn't sure that either was still on the team heading into Sunday. Ty Montgomery actually ran the ball well (seven carries for 53 yards), yet McCarthy didn't run the ball and he and Rodgers didn't throw it short.

"Yes, 100 percent", Luck said about needing a victory. Luck took a knee three times to run off the final 2 minutes to end the game.

Credit to Mike McCarthy.

The Colts (4-5) certainly have shown their ability to counterpunch time after time. The Packers should have carved apart the Colts defense but didn't appear to attack them at their weaknesses until it was too late (those final two drives are ideal examples). But they couldn't get it. Rodgers also said the Packers have to be "tougher". Their offense seemed haphazard and unfocused, which is something Colts fans are familiar with. "You don't want that but it's an opportunity for us to step up and make plays as an offense and put ourselves in a situation to win this game". "They had a good return set up across the field and found a seam". "It's one of those years in the North possibly".

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The Colts came up with two third-down conversions on the ensuing drive to put the game away.