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5 Players Who Deserve The Most Blame For Indianapolis Colts’ Playoff Loss

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5 Players To Blame In Indianapolis Colts' Playoff Loss

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The Indianapolis Colts' Super Bowl chances ended yesterday after they lost to the New England Patriots by a 43-22 score in a score line that surely shocked no one.

The Colts were arguably seen as the weakest team left in the playoffs and they had their work cut out travelling to New England to take on the Patriots and Tom Brady, one of the best QBs in the history of the game and a player that seems to be made to win during the postseason. But the loss is not entirely a Patriots’ merit, as the Colts also contributed to the result.

Indianapolis made plenty of mistakes on both sides of the ball, and they couldn’t get anything going during the whole game. The offense was unable to attack against one of the worst units against the run, the defense made the same mistakes that committed only a week ago against the Kansas City Chiefs, and their star quarterback was surprisingly inaccurate and increased a statistic that is not looking well for his career.

Out of the whole Colts’ roster, there were five areas that can easily take the blame for the loss. Whether they are players or units – as sometimes the collective can’t get better results than an individual – the truth is that the Colts were outplayed by the Patriots and the performance of several players certainly didn’t help to overcome that.

Without further ado, please join me through this slideshow as we check out five players that deserve the most blame for the Colts’ loss in the Divisional Round of the AFC Playoffs.

Juan Pablo Aravena is a sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @jparavenarant or add him to your network on Google

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5. Andrew Luck

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Andrew Luck threw four interceptions and most of them came in the second half where the Colts were still battling to get back into the game. Luck wasn’t as effective and couldn’t lead a comeback like he did against the Kansas City Chiefs, and his inaccuracy ultimately doomed Indianapolis’ chances down the stretch.

The four INTs gave Luck a total of seven intercepted passes in this postseason, and many are already questioning his ability to come through in the playoffs even though this is only his second year in the league.

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4. Entire Offensive Line

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Part of the reason why Luck couldn’t produce was because the O-Line didn’t protect him enough. Luck was sacked three times and he often threw out of balance or in a hurry as the Pats’ D put heavy pressure on him all night long.

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3. T.Y. Hilton

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Despite the fact that T.Y. Hilton was tightly marked and didn’t have a good game, much of that can be placed on his shoulders. As the No. 1 receiver, he needs to find a way to contribute to the team and was unable to do any sort of damage. Hilton finished the game with 103 yards and four catches, but couldn’t do much in the offense, instead allowing LaVon Brazill to shine in the end zone.

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2. Trent Richardson

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Trent Richardson finished the game with three carries and one rushing yard. That is not what the Colts needed in an elimination game and certainly not the kind of production they expected when they traded for him at the beginning of the season.

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1. Rushing Defense

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LeGarrette Blount finished the game with four TDs and 166 rushing yards, while Stevan Ridley added two more scores and 52 yards. The Patriots ended with 234 total yards through the ground and while the blame can’t be placed solely on one player, the whole defense was atrocious trying to stop the run, and that was the main reason why the Colts ended up losing the contest.