INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - It wasn't supposed to finish in dramatic fashion, especially after that great 14-0 first quarter, but the Colts made all the critical plays down the stretch on both sides of the ball to get victory number one on opening day.
"It''s such a tight-knit locker room,” said Coach Chuck Pagano. “It's not just three separate teams, special teams, defense, offense. It truly is a Colts football team that feed off each other and pick. If offense or defense is falling, the other side picks us up, we try to do the same thing."
"We preach 60 minutes no matter what,” added Reggie Wayne, who caught eight passes including one for a touchdown. “We know games are going to be tough, guys that were here last year understand that you haven't played a game until the game is over, new guys are starting to get aware of that."
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How gratifying was this win for Darrius Heyward-Bey against the team that drafted him in the first round five years ago?
"It's always good to get a win in the NFL," he said.
The Colts were also plus two in the turnover battle Sunday after going minus 12 last season. That's going to win a lot of games.
"Exactly, it's going to win a lot of games,” said Antoine Bethea, who came up with the game saving interception. “We've got to continue to do that. It's something we said we want to improve on from last year the turnover ratio, and so far so good."
"It was a point of emphasis all season,” said Cory Redding. “To get more pressure on the quarterback and get turnovers, and we got two like you said in that column that's what we want to be on the plus side."
"If you're plus two, you've got an 83, 84 percent chance to win,” added Pagano. “The one at the end of the game and the other one were major. Those guys believe in each other, believe in the system."
One phase of the game the Colts will have to improve on is defensing a mobile quarterback, especially with guys like Kaepernick and Wilson still on the schedule.
Thousands of people were in Indianapolis Saturday night to see Ohio State University and Michigan State University fight for the Big 10 football championship at Lucas Oil Stadium.
For years, thousands of children visiting from near and far took time out of their visit to the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo for a ride on Cookie, a beloved pony.
As a tribute to veterans, the Indiana American Legion dedicated a new flagpole at the governor's residence on Saturday.