Indianapolis Colts: Robert Mathis' Strip Sack Was Critical

By Eric Smith
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

This game should have been over in the third quarter. After a Kansas City Chiefs touchdown on the heels of an Andrew Luck turnover, they led 38-10 early in the third quarter. The 28-point deficit by the Indianapolis Colts was a huge hole to come out of. The Chiefs have done what ever they wanted against Indianapolis despite losing Jamaal Charles early in the game due to a concussion.

This Colts team didn’t give up. They had heart, passion, energy and more of a will than Kansas City.

The game was in the hands of the defense on the final drive and they delivered. This is what Colts owner Jim Irsay spent most of that $100 million on in the offseason. He wanted a defense who could get stops, get off the field and win games.

They didn’t do any of that in the first two in a half quarters, but put up the grit to escape an upset and advance to the Divisional Round in the AFC playoffs.

Indianapolis only gave up six points after that early second half touchdown and made stops when it counted. The biggest play in the comeback was Robert Mathis’ strip sack on Alex Smith in the third quarter which resulted in a Colts touchdown on their next drive. If Indianapolis didn’t get that turnover, the game was likely was over.

The life was sucked out of the building until that point, as Indianapolis was down 38-17. It was midway through the third quarter and something desperately needed to happen. That’s why Mathis who won NFL’s Decan Jones award for most sacks this season, came up huge getting the strip sack.

That play was the turning point of the game which allowed Indianapolis to grind out a thrilling victory.

Eric Smith is the Colts Beat Writer for Rant Sports. He’s covered the team the past four seasons and is recognized as an accredited member of the media by the Colts. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru

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