Colts Insider: Avoiding 0-2 record big for young Indy team
September 16, 2012INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
The air had slowly seeped out of Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday afternoon, and it had nothing to do with the roof and window being open.
It had everything to do with the Indianapolis Colts, young and fitful, being on the verge of overtime, perhaps even what would have been a crippling loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
Thirty-one seconds remained in a 20-20 game. Andrew Luck was in the shotgun with 80 yards of turf and the Vikings defense in front of him. A strong case could be made that the season hung in the balance.
"Big difference from being 0-2 and 1-1," veteran receiver Reggie Wayne said. "A huge difference ... just for the morale in this locker room.
"I've seen where 2-0 can be sky's-the-limit for you and 0-2 can be real bad."
In the end, it was real good, a 23-20 victory for the Colts.
Luck chewed up 40 yards with 20-yard completions to an emerging Donnie Avery and Wayne. Toss in an offside penalty on the Vikings, and it was first-and-10 at the Minnesota 35 with 13 seconds remaining.
Adam Vinatieri was, well, Adam Vinatieri.
"Mr. Clutch," cornerback Jerraud Powers called the 39-year-old kicker.