Colts Postseason Hopes fade in Tampa
Once again the Indianapolis Colts are unable to hold on to their lead and fall short to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 38-35.
The Indianapolis Colts were looking to escape Week 14 with a hopeful win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and a push into playoffs. Unfortunately, by giving up a season-high 542 yards, they were unable to maintain their lead and walked away as the losers of this matchup.
With an already slim chance to move on into the postseason, the Colts (6-7) are two games behind the Texans for first place in the AFC South. Although their defense didn't play bad, they were unable to capitalize on critical plays allowing Tampa Bay to score 17 unanswered points starting with just four minutes remaining in the 3rd quarter.
Buccaneers' Jameis Winston could be identified as inconsistent throughout this game. In the beginning, he threw two critical first-half interceptions, which lead to the Colts scoring. Yet, after leaving for injury, upon his return in the second-half the rookie reached a career-high of 456 yards and lead the Bucs to a thrilling comeback.
Overall, like a rollercoaster of a game, the Bucs rallied over the Colts at home. By leading in ball-possession time, first downs, and total yards Tampa Bay has put themselves on track to a remotely positive end of a season.
Next week the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (on a three-game winning streak) will take on the Detroit Lions at 1:00 PM. The Lions (3-9) currently lie last in the NFC North. Meanwhile, the Colts will fight for their slim chance of a post-season appearance as they kick off against the playoff-clinched New Orleans Saints (10-3).
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