Yes, this game was meaningless in terms of the playoffs. But, in terms of enjoyable for us Colts fans, this game had a great deal of meaning. Here is why:
- For the first time since 1997, the Colts have shut out an opponent. Tennessee generated ZERO points. They had their former #3 overall pick in at QB against second and third stringers on defense, and they couldn't score.
- The Colts have set an NFL record, winning 12 games for the sixth straight year.
- Indy ended the regular season winning 9 in a row.
- Peyton Manning has thrown for 4,000 yards in 9 of his 11 seasons.
- Indy is assured a winning record in the AFC South at 4-2.
- Marvin Harrison is second all time in receptions, behind only Jerry Rice.
- No AFC South has swept the Colts since 2002.
- Rookies Marcus Howard and Curtis Johnson finally got some playing time. The responded with 2 sacks and a forced fumble.
- Lance Ball, a guy promoted off the practice squad, had 83 yards rushing on 13 carries.
- Joseph Addai looks healthy. That 55 yard TD catch and run was amazing.
- Dallas Clark set a career high with 71 receptions and 789 yards.
- The Colts have the second best record in the AFC, yet will be the #5 seed in the playoffs.
For a Titans fan's take on the game, head to Jimmy and the boys at Music City Miracles. Please, no trolling there please.
This was a wonderful win to top a wild and crazy 2008 regular season. So proud of these guys. Go Colts!