Here’s a look at the Colts three offensive touchdown drives on Sunday afternoon:
The scene: With the scored tied, 0-0, the Colts first offensive possession of 2013 began on the Indianapolis 11-yard line after
The anatomy of the drive: 10 plays, for 89 yards in 6:17.
Key play: The Colts faced just one third-down on the opening possession of 2013. That came on a third-and-five on the Colts 28-yard line. On the play,
The score: The Colts came out in a trips receiver set to the left, on a second-and-three at the Raiders 12-yard line. Wayne was in the middle (Darrius Heyward-Bey was on the outside and
The scene: Up 7-0, the Colts took over at their own 31-yard line with 14:17 to go in the second quarter thanks to a 23-yard punt return by Hilton.
The anatomy of the drive: 8 plays for 69 yards in 3:30. Running back
Key play: Once again, the Colts faced just one third-down on the drive. With the offense looking at a three-and-out, Luck converted a third-and-nine from the Indianapolis 32-yard line. Wayne continued his torrid first-half when he hauled in a 17-yard conversion, paving the way for two touchdown drives in the Colts first two offensive possessions.
The score: Allen’s lone catch on the afternoon shows just how valuable he is to the Colts offense. The second-year tight end lined up on the right side of the line of scrimmage and ran a route down the middle of the field. Luck, who was under immense pressure from Raiders defensive tackle Vance Walker, delivered the ball to Allen at about the four-yard line. Allen had a free release off the line of scrimmage, caught the ball a few yards short of the goal line and did the rest to get into the end zone for the Colts second touchdown.
Andrew Luck’s 19-yard touchdown run:
The scene: Down 17-14, the Colts took over at their own 20-yard line with 11:09 to go in the fourth quarter
The anatomy of the drive: 11 plays for 80 yards in 5:49.
Key play(s): Hilton’s quiet afternoon in terms of numbers (three catches for 20 yards) doesn’t equate to the third-down conversion he had on the Colts game-winning touchdown drive. On a third-and-eight at the Colts own 22-yard line, Luck found Hilton for a 12-yard gain. Later in the drive it was Wayne on a nine-yard reception with the Colts facing a third-and-two. Both conversions came against Raiders first-round pick D.J. Hayden.
The score: Luck’s 19-yard touchdown run came on a third-and four with the Colts offense in an empty set (4 receivers and 1 tight end). On the snap, Luck looks right for Wayne but realizes that No. 87 is quickly double-teamed. After going through his progressions, Luck steps up in the pocket and takes off down field. Heyward-Bey seals off a Raiders defender around the five-yard line, allowing for Luck to score the game-winning touchdown.