Defense Let Indianapolis Colts Down When it Counted Most

By Eric Smith
Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

The Indianapolis Colts defense royally let the team down when it counted. They had all the momentum going into the playoffs, as they allowed a total of 20 points in the final three games. They also had 14 sacks, four interceptions and nine turnovers in the final four contests entering Saturday night’s AFC Divisional game with the New England Patriots.

Unfortunately, when it was all said and done, they gave up 87 points in the two playoff games.

That’s absolutely inexcusable.

How can a defense go from among the NFL‘s best to the worst in two weeks? The defensive line was horrid as they got no pressure  in the backfield in either game and didn’t force many errors.

When Tom Brady throws only 198 yards and zero touchdowns and you still lose, there’s a problem.

Brady was awful tonight. The only passes he could complete was wide open throws. The only reason they were wide open was because of the Colts’ defensive backs or linebackers allowing short routes in the middle.

This is why Indianapolis needs some big time changes on that side of the ball in order to compete past this round of football. Yes, it made it one round further than last year, but the defense really let it down in the playoffs.

Whenever you give up 87 points in two games, you won’t go very far. It was surprising it made it this far with that type of effort.

Jim Irsay and Ryan Grigson have a lot of changes to make on defense in the offseason. The offense is set, but that side of the ball will cost them a ring.

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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