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Doyel: Colts pound it, pound it, pound it and survive
By SP_COP on September 27, 2015 | From www.indystar.com
Doyel: Colts pound it, pound it, pound it and survive Andrew Luck was struggling to put on his shirt. His pants weren’t going on much easier, either. Didn’t look like he could bend. Didn’t look like he could breathe. Luck was hurting and he was exhausted, and finally an Indianapolis Colts security official was at his side, helping him pack his stuff and get out of this locker room at Nissan Stadium, where it didn’t feel like a team had just won.

It felt like a team had just survived.

“I’m emotionally drained,” Luck said before inching out the door toward the team bus.

The whole locker room was drained. Normally the Colts’ locker room after a win – any NFL locker room, after any win – is a place of laughter and loud voices. But this wasn’t a normal locker room, because this 35-33 victory against the Titans on Sunday wasn’t a normal win.

“After a game like this,” Luck said, “you feel spent.”

In a far corner of the quiet visiting locker room, linebacker D’Qwell Jackson was reflecting on a game that saw the Colts go from a 14-0 lead to a 27-14 deficit to a 35-27 lead and then, finally, to defending a two-point conversion with 47 seconds left that could have sent the game into overtime. The Colts turned back bulldozing Titans back Jalston Fowler to clinch their first victory after an 0-2 start to the season.

“This is a crazy, crazy league,” Jackson was saying softly. “You never know what’s going to happen out there. This was one of those games.”

It was one of those games the Colts often lose, and lose badly. They fall down, and they respond by rolling over. After trailing 14-0 the Titans scored 27 consecutive points and it was happening again. The Titans led 27-14 and they were driving early in the fourth quarter, reaching the Colts’ 30 after gains of 4, 13, 28, 7, 10 and 5 yards. The Colts looked to be rolling over.

On the sideline, this was Colts linebacker Robert Mathis’ thought:

“Oh, bleep.”

But then, so was this:

“Keep fighting,” Mathis said. “Got to keep your head up.”...
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