Colts keep emotions in control as they look ahead

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INDIANAPOLIS - It seemed only like a loss when it comes from a sleep point of view.

"Yeah, I did. I really did," said interim head coach Bruce Arians when asked if he had trouble getting shut eye Sunday night. "I should have got a good night’s sleep. A lot of the things kept flashing back and forth and different emotions and different scenarios for the rest of this week."

An 18-point comeback against the NFL's best team in the regular season from a year ago in honor of their head coach diagnosed with Leukemia will have a tendency to stir such feelings. 

While many of those emotions flowed freely when the Colts stunned the Packers with a 30-27 comeback win the key was controlling their emotions about head coach Chuck Pagano and impending health battle.

"Try and control my own first. I can get that way," said Arians of trying to keep the team as calm as possible. "With the team, I thought we handled that phase of it pretty well as the week went on and even Saturday night and in the locker room before the game.”

The Colts managed to do so during the game as well, rallying from a 21-3 deficit in the third quarter to outscore Green Bay 27-6 to end the game. While "Chuckstrong" tributes were surrounding him on the sidelines, Arians says he was able to keep the game at hand at top of mind.

"I thought about Chuck when he missed that field goal, actually when he was lining up for it. That’s about the only time I gave myself a chance to think about it. That was it," said Arians, which changed once Mason Crosby's field goal sailed wide left.

Arians walked off the field Sunday with his arm in the air gesturing to the crowd his joy at the victory in honor of their coach. Many players followed suit after the victory but many on Monday already are saying they must turn the page and that such an emotion win may not carry over to Sunday's match-up with the Jets.

"That can’t help us for this week," said defensive end Dwight Freeney of the win. "We are facing a new opponent and you have about 24 hours to celebrate, get it out of your system and re-focus.

"This is the National Football League. You have a bad play on the field, forget about it and go onto the next one.

Who and where that is might aid in doing so. Though often consumed with drama the New York Jets are still a contender in the AFC with their strong defense and raucous atmosphere produced by fans at Met Life Stadium.

We realize it is one game, one win. It doesn’t translate into anything else," said Luck. "We realize our work is cut out for us this upcoming game against the Jets. We’ll try to build off the positives.

"I think it is a lot easier to try and correct your mistakes after a win than maybe a tough loss. I know I made a lot of mistakes, got to get better if we are going to continue to go in the right direction.”
 

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