INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - In a game loaded with measurements, challenges and reviews that could have swung the outcome, the Colts saw their eight-game winning streak end when Andrew Luck's comeback magic ended.
"We didn't make the plays when it counted. They did, credit to them, they deserved the win today," said Luck, who passed for 321 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
Coby Fleener, who caught four balls and scored agreed.
"There were so many errors on our part, it's not the true Colts team. We want to be a polished, efficient team, we can't afford to shoot ourselves in the foot," he said.
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The Colts dug themselves an early hole, giving up two quick touchdowns to Miami.
"Can't let them get up on you. You've got to start fast both sides of the ball,” said linebacker Jerrell Freeman. “Luckily we were able to settle down and get some stops. We definitely can't let them start fast like that and get rolling."
Coach Chuck Pagano wasn’t happy.
"Disappointed in the loss, obviously. We had chances, we made plays. I thought offensively, we moved the ball up and down the field, but then we couldn't convert and score touchdowns especially early. Then we missed a field goal and what not, and hit another one but gave up too many big plays."
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"It hurts. We wanted to go into San Francisco 2-0, but unfortunately we didn't finish,” added safety LaRon Landry, who led the Colts with 11 tackles, “It's a team effort, offense, defense and special teams. We've just got to build together."
"It's always tough, but the only thing this does is prove that we're not going undefeated,” added Reggie Wayne. “It's a marathon, not a sprint, so hopefully we can watch the film, correct our mistakes and remember this bitter taste that we have."
Colt strong will be challenged. Starting guard Donald Thomas is out for the season after tearing a quad muscle. Hugh Thornton will fill in for him, the second Colts offensive starter lost for the season.
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