These second half meltdowns should start becoming routine, almost boring, if not for the Colts finding new and seemingly creative ways to lose football games.
Just like last week, and the week before that, the Colts defense wilted in the third quarter. But this time, a blocked field goal late in the 4th quarter by Nate Clements and a 'fumble' by Pierre Garcon that was returned 35 yards for a TD by Benfals defensive end Carluos Dunlap sent the Colts to 0-6.
With 5:43 left in the game, and the Colts looking to tie the score at 20, Clements shot off the right side and blocked Adam Vinatieri's FG attempt due, in part, to Pat McAfee not getting the snap down cleanly. Later, with roughly 2:29 left, Pierre Garcon simply choked. There's just no other explanation for what he did. After taking a routine slant pass, he fought for extra yardage rather than simply going down. He was spun around and, while being tackled, Garcon actually tried to lateral the pass back to an offensive lineman.
I mean, when did with our team's starting wide receiver? change places
The lateral bounced backwards about ten yards and was scooped up by Carlos Dunlap who, running as if the field were made of quicksand, galloped 35 yards the other way for a score. Ball game.
If there was ever conspiracy theory-style evidence that the Colts were intentionally trying to lose games in order to draft Andrew Luck with the first overall pick in 2012, that lateral by Garcon would be Exhibit No. 1. There's simply no excuse for it. It was so dumb my head is hurting thinking about it. It might be the stupidest play I've ever seen by a Colt. Seriously, I'm literally racking my brain trying to remember the last time someone did something THAT moronic in a Colts football game. I don't remember anything like it during the Peyton Manning era. You might have to go back to 1997 to see a 'WTF' choke job like that.
Incidentally, 1997 was the last time the Colts started 0-6.
My goodness is this team awful. Sure, there were 'positives' in this game, but really, who cares? They're 0-6, and plays like Garcon's are a big reason why. Well, that and the coaching staff is incompetent and the front office is clueless, but you get the idea.