Offense starts strong, defense finishes for the Colts in 17-13 victory over Cleveland

Colts fans cannot complain about getting their money's worth at home games this season. Each of their four Lucas Oil Stadium stadium contests has been decided by a play in the final minute. Sunday against Cleveland, the defense stopped a Browns multiple-lateral play after the final gun went off to preserve a 17-14 victory.

"To get to 3-3, be in the hunt now in the AFC with a bunch of other teams and start to get healthy hopefully next week and see if we can take this on the road. A lot of mistakes today that can be corrected, myself included, and we'll go from there. But pretty happy locker room to get to 3-3, that was our goal no matter what," said Colts interim head coach Bruce Arians in his opening statement to the media.

We have seen quite a few comebacks in the NFL this season, but successful teams do not make a habit of falling behind early in games. The Colts had faced 21-3 and 21-6 deficits at halftime in each of the last two games. The offense put together an 11-play, 80 yard drive in the first series of the game. The drive was capped off by an Andrew Luck three yard touchdown run and took 7:37 second of the clock.

"We need a fast start and it's something we've talked about a lot during the week. Obviously, it's great to get some momentum and the defense making some stops and putting some points up. I wish we could have scored on the last drive of the half. I wish we could've been much more consistent in the second half, put some drives together, but the fast start, goes good," said Luck after the victory.

In a fast-moving first half, the Colts took a 14-6 lead to halftime. While the offense could not replicate the same success in the second half, generating just three points, the defense stepped up and shut down the Browns offense during the third and fourth quarter. For the game, the Colts limited Cleveland to 55 yard rushing, the lowest by an opponent this season and lowest by a Colts opponent since the 2010 season finale against Tennessee.

For the game Andrew Luck finished 16-of-29 for 186 yards and two rushing touchdowns. Luck will never be known as a running quarterback, but his performance did cause some teammates to reference fellow first-round draft pick Robert Griffin III.

"I think he wanted to let RGIII know that he can run also. One thing we do have that I'm not used to is a quarterback that's able to get out of the pocket like he has. As a receiver, you love that because he can use his feet to keep the chains moving a little bit. He was able to see some daylight and take advantage of it," said wide receiver Reggie Wayne.

The victory is important as it puts the Colts in the middle of a crowded AFC playoff picture. Indianapolis plays at division-rival Tennessee next Sunday at LP Field in Nashville.

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