Indianapolis Colts in Playoffs Again

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Here they are again.

An Adam Vinatieri field goal as time expired Sunday gave the Indianapolis Colts a 23-20 victory against Tennessee at Lucas Oil Stadium, a 10-6 record in 2010, the AFC South title and the No. 3 seed in the AFC playoffs. The Colts, who tied the Dallas Cowboys’ long-standing record by securing their ninth consecutive postseason berth, will play host to the New York Jets at 8 p.m. Saturday in a rematch of last year’s AFC Championship game.

Indianapolis is not unaccustomed to being the No. 3 seed in the AFC; the Colts began the playoffs from that slot in 2003 and 2004 before season-ending losses to New England and won the Super Bowl from the third seed in the 2006 postseason.

What the franchise — or maybe just everyone else — might have been unaccustomed to was the way Indy had to get there. So much of what the Colts did down the stretch to ultimately wind up in their familiar position was quite unconventional when considering the team’s history over the last decade.

Let’s look more closely:

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Colts Lose Another Game-Changer in Austin Collie

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The Indianapolis Colts can’t seem to catch a break on the injury front in 2010.

The team’s latest casualty is wide receiver Austin Collie, who on Wednesday was placed on injured reserve after suffering a concussion Sunday in the second quarter of the Colts’ 34-24 win against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Lucas Oil Stadium. It was the third time this season that Collie was knocked out of a game with concussion-like symptoms.

Collie’s placement on IR is the 17th such roster move Indianapolis has made in 2010. Six regular Colts starters, Collie included, have received the season-ending sanction with injury.

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Indianapolis Colts Achieve Normality through Abnormality

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And just like that, all is back to normal in the AFC South … kinda.

With their 34-24 win against Jacksonville on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium, the Indianapolis Colts improved to 8-6 and moved into a tie for first place in the division they have dominated for much of the last decade. Indianapolis now controls its own destiny for a ninth consecutive playoff berth.

All seems normal. However, the way the Colts restored such normalcy was, well, abnormal.

How so? Check it out.

By Drew Allen

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