Colts and Bengals in AFC playoffs picture with Sunday wins
The Indianapolis Colts have made a remarkable comeback this season heading into the playoffs after settling for the worst record in the NFL last season. Joining them on Sunday were the Cincinnati Bengals following Sunday’s win to lockout the AFC playoffs spots.
Standing on a 10-5 record with a final game left in the season, the Indianapolis Colts drew contrast with the 2008 Miami Dolphins squad, the only other NFL team to finish with at least 10 wins after losing over 14 games the previous season.
Rookie sensation Andrew Luck completed a 7 yard pass for touchdown to Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne last in the fourth quarter to win the game 20-13, despite a third quarter run by the by the Kansas City Chiefs. Fishing with 205 passing yard, Andrew Luck ended up breaking the 4,051 rookie passing yards record set by Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton last season. The Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck led his team downfield in the final moments of the game, extending his rookie record for late fourth-quarter comeback, with a seventh such win this season.
“Mission accomplished. That's all I can say,” said Indianapolis Colts interim coach Bruce Arians. “Without getting emotional again, knowing that (coach Chuck Pagano) is going to be back Monday, the work week shouldn't be as stressful.”
The Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano has been sidelined since the Week 3 loss to Jacksonville, due to an ongoing battle with leukemia.
Meanwhile, the Cincinnati Bengals marked franchise history earning their second-consecutive playoffs berth, leaving their divisional rival for the last wildcard spot Pittsburgh Steelers’ postseason hopes in dismal. The Cincinnati Bengals have only once before made successive trips to the playoffs, and that too in a lockout-shortened season.
Second-year quarterback Andy Dalton threw a 21-yard pass to wide receiver A.J. Green in the closing minutes of t the game, and setting Cincinnati Bengals kicker Josh Brown with a 43-yard field goal attempt on the 4 second mark. With the 13-10 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, the Cincinnati Bengals won the AFC playoffs berth showdown.
“A lot of people talked about we hadn't been in in back-to-back seasons in 30 years,” said A.J. Green. “I don't worry about that stuff. I've been here two years and we made the playoffs all two years. That's all we can control.”