Colts Daily Headlines: September 16th Edition
The Colts suffered their first loss of the season on Sunday afternoon, falling to the Miami Dolphins 24-20. Today’s news looks at the Colts comeback attempt coming up short, the play of Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill and T.Y. Hilton’s career afternoon.
Take a look below at the top pieces from Monday, September 16th.
By: Michael Pointer, Indy Star
Last year it was Andrew Luck making the plays at the end of both halves against the Dolphins.
But on Sunday, it was Ryan Tannehill who made those plays.
“It’s very satisfying anytime you can win on the road,” Tannehill said. “To play a complete game, to make plays in tough situations, with the defense stepping up at the end. … Everyone had to make a play.”
He completed 23-of-34 passes for 319 yards and one touchdown. On this day, he outplayed Luck — who completed 25-of-43 for 321 yards, but threw a key fourth-quarter interception and was sacked on the Colts’ final offensive play. Tannehill’s QB rating was 107.4; Luck’s was 79.7.
“We’ve seen a gradual improvement for the last 18 months,” Miami wide receiver Brian Hartline said. “Even since March, we’ve seen a lot of improvement. Maybe to the national media this is something new, but not to us.”
By: Michael Marot, The Associated Press
It had all the makings of comeback No. 9 for Andrew Luck.
The stage was set but a day full of missed opportunities continued on Sunday afternoon.
“You start thinking about the plays afterward. I think some of those, instead of throwing the ball up for grabs, take the underneath guy, get 5 yards and get in second-and-5 instead of ending up in second-and-10, third-and-10, fourth-and-10,” Luck said.
“I don’t think I managed that particularly well. They did a good job of pressure on that last play. You never want to get sacked on fourth down. That’s almost one of those cardinal sins.”
By: Mike Wells, AFC South Blog
Getting T.Y. Hilton the ball was a focus for the Colts early and often on Sunday afternoon and the Colts held true to their word with the second-year receiver finishing the game with a career-high 124 receiving yards.
It was obvious the Colts made Hilton a focus in the offense early Sunday. He had three catches for 54 yards by the end of the first quarter.
“We knew we had to get him back involved,” Pagano said. “We made big plays and he made huge plays. It was good to see him get back and have the number of catches and big plays. He’s an explosive guy.”
Hilton’s best catch came late in the first half when he went over the top of Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes and hauled in a 47-yard pass down the right sideline. Running back Ahmad Bradshaw scored four plays later.
Hilton had already set a career high in receiving yards by the end of the first half.
“We know T.Y.’s a stud,” Luck said. “The one he caught on the right side before the end of the half was something special. We know he’s a phenomenal football player.”