Indianapolis Colts 31, Oakland Raiders 26

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Game Recaps,General Colts Chatter by admin on Monday 27 December 2010 at 5:26 pm

The Colts played conservative yesterday on offense and just good enough to get the job done over a pesky Oakland Raiders team.  Peyton Manning completed 16 of 30 passes for only 179 yards with 3 TD passes and 2 INTs.  He also carried the ball 3 times for 25 yards (8.3 ypc) yesterday.  Dominic Rhodes led the way on the ground for the Colts in this game with 98 yards on 17 carries (5.8 ypc) showing that he still has a lot left in his gas tank.  Joseph Addai returned from injury to rush for 45 yards on 12 carries (3.8 ypc) with a TD run.  Donald Brown pitched in with 28 yards rushing on 6 carries (4.7 ypc) in this game.  TE Jacob Tamme led the way for the Colts in the passing game yesterday with 7 grabs for 78 yards (11.1 avg) with a TD grab.  WRs Reggie Wayne (3 rec, 40 yards), Pierre Garcon (3 rec, 35 yards, TD) and Blair White (2 rec, 20 yards, TD) also pitched in for the Colts in the passing game.  The Colts finished up with 191 yards rushing on 39 carries (4.9 ypc) and they also completed 16 of 30 passes for 179 yards in this game.

The defense was pretty solid in this game for the Colts.  LB Tyjuan Hagler (9 tackles and 1 pass defensed) and safety Antoine Bethea (8 tackles) led the way for the Colts in this game.  LB Gary Brackett (7 tackles, 1 tackle for a loss, 1/2 a sack and 1 QB hit) and DE Robert Mathis (6 tackles, 1 tackle for a loss, 1.5 sacks and 4 QB hits) also had big games for the Colts’ D yesterday.  The Raiders finished up with 80 yards rushing on 20 carries (4.0 ypc) and they also completed 29 of 42 passes for 210 yards.  The Colts did have a big blip on special teams though as Jacoby Ford of the Raiders returned the opening kickoff of this game 99 yards for a TD!  The Colts are now 9-6 on the season.  They can clinch the AFC South next weekend with either a win over the Titans in Indy or a Jags loss in Houston.

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