The Indianapolis Colts entered Week 17 needing a win, and some help to earn a playoff berth. The Buffalo Bills helped the Colts out by beating down the Miami Dolphins, the Houston Texans nearly allowed the Colts to steal the division, and now the Colts will face off with the Bills in the Wild Card round as the 7 seed.
The game started much like we have seen all year, with an opening drive score, and an offense that looked dominant early. The Colts’ defense was great early as well.
Jonathan Taylor was the bell cow the Colts have needed in the backfield early and often in this one carrying the ball 30 times for 253 rushing yards, but the Colts allowed the Jaguars to climb back into the game (20-14) after the Colts built a 20-0 lead.
It looked eerily familiar to the collapse from a week ago against the Steelers, but the Jags were just bad enough to fail in this one. Much like he started the game, with over 70 rushing yards on the initial possession, Taylor ended the game with a 45-yard touchdown to push the Colts to a 28-14 final and a road to the playoffs.
Frank Reich, and Matt Eberflus have some very real improvements they need to make as their second-half coaching has been lacking in a major way and have made the Colts one of the worst third quarter teams in the league.