With one more game left in the 2009-2010 NFL season, I think it's an appropriate time to look back at the Indianapolis Colts' fantastic run to Super Bowl XLIV. Since the beginning of training camp, BBS and Stampede Blue's commenters have constantly talked about how special the 2009 Colts were going to be.
Even when the media proclaimed that the Colts' "window" had officially closed with the departure of the Colts future Hall of Hame Head Coach Tony Dungy and future Hall of Fame Wide Reciever Marvin Harrison and the release of Defensive Coordinator Ron Meeks (who some "pundits" claimed the Colts would miss terribly) and Special Teams Coach Russ Purnell, they forgot one major piece was still left in Indy: Peyton Manning.
Peyton Manning and the Colts continue to win games despite the media not believing that the team was a real contender. This season we saw the Colts win 23 consecutive regular season games and its' 115th game in a single decade, the most in NFL history. The Colts are 16-0 when it plays all of the starters in the 4th quarter, and with those 16 wins came some awesome plays. Here are the top ten plays of the 2009 Colts!
Addai to Wayne is one of the only times we Colts fans will ever see someone not named Peyton Manning throw a touchdown pass while he is still on the field.
Pierre Garçon's forced fumble on Ed Reed is probably the greatest hustle play in Colts' playoffs history. Every week Garçon continues to gain my respect.
Dallas Clark's 80 yd TD against Miami on Monday Night Football. It was the first play from the line of scrimmage and it took 12 seconds to score. The entire game was an anomaly with the Dolphins doing everything that pundits have preached for years as the winning formula to beat the Colts: run the ball and control the clock. However, the Dolphins didn't do the most important which was score more touchdowns than a Colts' offense who only had the ball for less than 15 minutes!!
Of course the number one play comes from Week 10 against the New England Patriots. First we have to give Melvin Bullitt credit on the infamous 4th & 2 play, but even with the stop, Peyton and Colts' offense still had to score. Reggie's reaction still brings a huge smile on my face :-)
Now it's your turn. What's missing and what shouldn't even be on this list? Is a play to high or low? Let me know in the comments section!