1:00 PM ET, December 14, 2003
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Peyton Manning showed he was ready for the playoffs Sunday.The Indianapolis Colts now have two weeks to fine-tune their explosive offense.
I was more surprised at the lack of protection provided for QB Mike Vick. The Colts dominated the line of scrimmage and held Vick to 47 yards passing and 30 rushing yards. Part of the reason for the Falcons' lack of production offensively may be attributable to Reeves' firing. Not only was Reeves the coach, he was also the offensive coordinator and the playcalling was lackluster. Sometimes play calls can motivate and jumpstart a team. I've been on teams where at the beginning of games, defensive coordinators would call a ton of blitzes to get the defense in an aggressive mood. The lack of Reeves' playcalling may have contributed to the Falcons' lack of focus.
Question on the Colts: If they don't get a first-round bye, how do you like their Super Bowl chances?
Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||2.8||7.3|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||1:38||REGGIE WAYNE 14 YD PASS FROM PEYTON MANNING (MIKE VANDERJAGT KICK) |
Drive: 1 plays, 14 yds, :05
|TD||13:15||BRANDON STOKLEY 4 YD PASS FROM PEYTON MANNING (MIKE VANDERJAGT KICK) |
Drive: 7 plays, 49 yds, 4:08
|FG||4:51||MIKE VANDERJAGT 43 YD |
Drive: 9 plays, 59 yds, 3:41
|TD||12:20||MARVIN HARRISON 17 YD PASS FROM PEYTON MANNING (MIKE VANDERJAGT KICK) |
Drive: 7 plays, 80 yds, 3:10
|TD||2:09||BRANDON STOKLEY 37 YD PASS FROM PEYTON MANNING (MIKE VANDERJAGT KICK) |
Drive: 5 plays, 60 yds, 2:09
|TD||10:03||T.J. DUCKETT 17 YD RUN (JAY FEELY KICK) |
Drive: 6 plays, 41 yds, 1:58
|TD||12:25||MARVIN HARRISON 16 YD PASS FROM PEYTON MANNING (MIKE VANDERJAGT KICK) |
Drive: 5 plays, 80 yds, 2:22