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Colts get their first win

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Roughly 35 seconds apart in real time, the Packers fell to 13-1 and the Colts climbed to 1-13.

Indianapolis got it done against Tennessee, with a 27-13 win over the Titans.

With a 20-6 lead in the fourth quarter, the Colts allowed the 7-7 Titans to score their first touchdown of the day, cutting the lead to 20-13.  On the next play from scrimmage, Colts running back Donald Brown went 80 yards with a Marcus Allen-style field-reversing run to give the home team a 14-point lead.

Indy got the win despite getting only 82 yards passing from quarterback Dan Orlovsky.  Tennessee outgained the Colts by more than 100 yards, and the Titans had 21 first downs to 10 for the Colts.

But only one stat matters:  points scored versus points allowed.  And so on the day the Colts got a lead for the first time since October 9, the Colts have gotten a win for the first time since the 2010 season.

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24 Responses to “Colts get their first win”
  1. hosmachine says: Dec 18, 2011 4:30 PM

    Pop the champagne Detroit !!!

  2. adlent says: Dec 18, 2011 4:34 PM

    Sorry Colts fans, looks like Caldwell is staying around.

  3. furnzilla says: Dec 18, 2011 4:35 PM

    Glad my colts got a win, but still think Caldwell and Polians need to go

  4. bearsrulepackdrool says: Dec 18, 2011 4:35 PM

    Congrats to Dan Orlovsky and Ernie Sims. They can join the rest of the 2008 Detroit Lions and popping open the bubbly.

  5. titanprime says: Dec 18, 2011 4:37 PM

    Heads should be rolling left and right in Tennessee after this one. If the Titans don’t have three new starters in the interior of their O-line next year, Chris Johnson should pull a Carson Palmer and retire until he gets traded. It’s completely inexcusable to let your franchise player get whopped on week in and week out. It’s a miracle he hasn’t been hurt yet.

  6. cosanostra71 says: Dec 18, 2011 4:39 PM

    good for them. no one wants to see a winless season

  7. popolover says: Dec 18, 2011 4:39 PM

    Makes you think about if you would have put Dan In sooner, at least he can manage a game. Or better yet, take Orton when available.

  8. thefiesty1 says: Dec 18, 2011 4:45 PM

    That’s ok, they’ve got the #1pick sowed up anyway.

  9. mygirlfriendisabiggerfootballfanthanyou says: Dec 18, 2011 5:03 PM

    There goes any consistency in Orlovsky’s resume’

  10. contra74 says: Dec 18, 2011 5:19 PM

    thefiesty1 says:
    Dec 18, 2011 4:45 PM
    That’s ok, they’ve got the #1pick sowed up anyway.
    —-
    Wrong. Keep on winning though Colts.

  11. prmpft says: Dec 18, 2011 5:26 PM

    cj got his money – now ALL he does is look for a soft place to lay down – how’s that workin’ out for ya bud???!!! sometimes you CAN judge a book by it’s cover1

  12. j0esixpack says: Dec 18, 2011 5:36 PM

    How convenient… their first win comes only after they clinched the Suck for Luck campaign.

  13. richie215 says: Dec 18, 2011 5:39 PM

    It sucks to lose to Lance Moore and Donald Brown in fantasy playoffs. Especially when I have Eli, Foster, MJD, Nicks, Wallace, Dez, Texans D and Akers.

  14. thingamajig says: Dec 18, 2011 5:40 PM

    Caldwell for coach of the year.

  15. 1captain1 says: Dec 18, 2011 5:55 PM

    Peyton Manning cashed in and sat out the season.

  16. deconjonesbitchslap says: Dec 18, 2011 6:13 PM

    if the colts and vikings both finish 2-14, who gets the 1st pick? i think the colts still would.

  17. gbiscottagecheesefatties says: Dec 18, 2011 6:13 PM

    @thefiesty1…. if you think you have the first round pick “all sowed up”, maybe you should watch my Vikings…. You guys are on the rise while we fall more and more into the worst team in franchise history. Could you imagine if the Vikes end up with the first pick after assuming we just found our qb of the future and he has had two horrid games back to back… this just got interesting

  18. dalucks says: Dec 18, 2011 6:19 PM

    Congratulations and I hope this means Jim Caldwell is going to keep his job.

  19. miamidolphins1 says: Dec 18, 2011 6:31 PM

    i wanna see how the nfl network tries and promotes this game for thursday night with the colts.

    the one storyline they had, the colts going for a winless season, well thats gone.

  20. trbowman says: Dec 18, 2011 6:41 PM

    Props on the call Mike.

    I was hoping they’d win their final game and avoid 0-16.

    Congrats to Orlovsky on his first win!

  21. croghan1919 says: Dec 18, 2011 7:00 PM

    The Colt’s DO NOT have the #1 picked locked up…they NEVER have.

  22. willisaldon9952 says: Dec 18, 2011 8:35 PM

    If they tie with the worst record, I believe they go by division record and if that’s tied they go by strength of schedule and if that’s tied then they flip a coin, could be wrong though.

  23. uscgiant says: Dec 18, 2011 10:19 PM

    Looks like Caldwell stays!

  24. bears5683 says: Dec 18, 2011 11:15 PM

    Colts may very possibly win 1 or both remaining games and not Suck for Luck.

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