The Indianapolis Colts concluded their 2014 regular season with a 27-10 win today over the division rival Tennessee Titans, improving to 11-5 for the third straight season and heading the to the playoffs.
The Colts also improved to 6-0 on the season against the AFC South and extended their win streak against the division to 13 games. It's the first time since the division realignment in 2002 that a team has swept their division in back-to-back years.
Let's take a look at the notes from this afternoon's game over the Titans:
- Andrew Luck set the Colts' franchise record for the most passing yards in a single-season, surpassing Peyton Manning's previous record of 4,700. Luck played the first half of this game and completed 10 of 16 passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns, giving him 4,761 on the season and 40 touchdowns. His 4,761 yards rank first in Colts history and his 40 touchdowns rank second in franchise history. He's just the eighth player in NFL history to throw for 40 touchdowns in a season (and the second Colt).
- The biggest bummer of the day came with a missed 46-yard field goal from Adam Vinatieri, ending his chance at a perfect season (he had been 29-of-29) and ending his streak at 35 made field goals in a row. I would have been totally fine if Chuck Pagano had elected to go for it on the fourth down instead of kick the 46-yard attempt outdoors. But Vinatieri made another kick after that, beginning his streak at one again. His 35 consecutive field goals in a row is the fourth longest streak of all-time.
- Matt Hasselbeck is the second best quarterback in the AFC South.
- Vontae Davis had another good day, and his best play came in the run game - he forced a fumble and recovered it.
- Jonathan Newsome had a great day today, notching two sacks. He finished the season with 6.5 sacks in 16 games - the same number of sacks that Bjoern Werner has recorded in 28 career games. For a fifth round pick, Newsome has been a steal and he has looked very, very promising as a pass rusher. It will be very interesting to watch him continue to develop.
- The offensive line had their tenth different starting combination today in sixteen games. A.Q. Shipley started at left guard and Jack Mewhort started at right tackle, while Lance Louis remained the starting right guard even thought Hugh Thornton was back healthy. Thornton ended up playing, however, as Shipley left with an ankle injury.
- Reggie Wayne was also injured in today's game, on a great 80-yard catch and run that set Luck's franchise record (and set a new career long for Wayne). He injured his groin and didn't return, though he appeared to be ok on the sidelines.
- Sergio Brown made a fantastic special teams play to pin the ball inside the one yard line on a Pat McAfee punt. McAfee broke his own Colts franchise record for punts pinned inside the 20 (he had 30 this year, breaking his previous record of 27).
- Boom Herron saw quite a bit of work in the offense early on, and it worked out well. He ran for 35 yards and had 31 yards receiving in about a half of work.
- Coby Fleener had a great day to conclude a very underrated regular season. Fleener caught five passes for 56 yards and two touchdowns today. His second touchdown was a fantastic catch.
- Chuck Pagano becomes just the second head coach in NFL history to win at least 11 games in each of his first three seasons, joining Jim Harbaugh. The Colts finish the season 11-5 as they head into the playoffs next weekend.