INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - In a game the Colts offense could never find a rhythm, two first year players saved the day. T.Y. Hilton scored two touchdowns for the second straight game, and Jerrell Freeman's 16 tackle-plus performance gave them a gut-check win.
"It was tough, but when we needed it most, guys took it upon their own shoulders as an offense and we got it done,” said Andrew Luck, who was 20-37 for a touchdown and an interception. “I'm just glad great special teams play and the defense kept us in it."
"We don't care what they look like from the beginning," added Reggie Wayne. "We just need to do what it takes to get the victory, especially now in November or December you can win by half a point as long as we walk back in the locker room when it's all said and done with a victory, you take all that take it home and enjoy."
This is one of those all-in victories. All phases helped out.
"Every win is a team win, everything we always do is about team, the concept of a team,” said Robert Mathis, who came up with another sack. “If someone is slacking, you pull them up, that's the mark of a good team. You just try to build in it with positive things."
Jerrell Freeman led the Colts with 16 tackles.
"We played as a team, understanding their offense, and understanding our defense," Freeman said. "Getting off the field on third downs, we tightened up coverage and went to work."
"In the beginning when this thing was put together, Chuck built everything on team, I think it was a team victory right there,” said Interim coach Bruce Arians. “All phases. Our special teams showed up huge, I thought they won the game for us."
That fell on the punting team. Pat McAfee excelled, while T.Y. Hilton took a kick 75 yards for the first touchdown of the game, the Colts first punt return for a score in five years.
"The game’s slowing down, it's slowing down to me," said Hilton. "As long as I keep studying, looking at my opponent, we know they're going to try and double number 87, we've got 13, 11 and 15 there to make plays."
With seven wins now, the Colts can see the finish line. Win a few more, a playoff berth should be theirs.