The Colts are once again one and done in the playoffs. The offense cannot score touchdowns, and the defense cannot stop the run. This time horrible special teams play was the dagger in the back in the three pronged loser trifecta. We have seen this movie before -- seven times in the first round of the playoffs.
For the life of me I cannot understand the conservative play calling. With almost a minute left in the first half, two time outs and good field position, The Colts made no effort to try and get the ball down field for a possible field goal attempt. It was clear by that point in the game the contest was going to be a low scoring affair, why not take a chance knowing the Jets have the ball to start the second half? History gives a recent example where bold play calling wins playoff football games. Remember the Saints onside kick to start the second half in last years' Superbowl? Then late in the fourth quarter the Colts tried to run on a third and forever, when they had been averaging less than two yards per carry. Reggie Wayne was targeted one freakin' time the whole game.
Kicker McAfee's leg must be waterlogged, he has struggled kicking deep. again and his punts were short and high. Why didn't the Colts just bounce one down the middle of the field, a low line drive on that final kickoff? The coverage teams had already given up a 40+ yard return. Then, once again the Colts defense proved the prevent defense does nothing but prevent your team from winning. The Jets moved into field goal range in just two plays, the corners giving enough room for your average high school receiver/quarterback combo to complete a ten yard pass. In that last drive, the coaching staff did their best to help too by calling a timeout to give the Jets time to plan another play! WTH?
Sure this team was decimated by injuries, you could have fielded a damn good team with the Colts IR and the Packers IR lists. The refs flags were velcroed in their pants. But that is no excuse. The home team had chances to win. Once again we can sing the same old song regarding the Indianapolis Colts in the playoffs. The offense cannot score, the defense cannot defend and the special teams are a disaster. Except Vinateri. That guy is clutch.
I guess I will have to root for Da Bears now.