Colts fall to 0-11 after 27-19 loss to Panthers
That’s the bottom line for the Colts after their latest
Cam Newton passed for 208 yards and ran for one touchdown and
DeAngelo Williams scored twice to help the Panthers hold off Indy
27-19 on Sunday.
The Colts are 0-11 for the first time since 1986 and have lost
six home games in a season for only the sixth time since moving
from Baltimore in 1984.
This loss was closer than many of the others.
With his team trailing 27-19, Colts quarterback Curtis Painter
completed a 12-yard pass to Austin Collie on a fourth-and-5 from
the Carolina 15 to set up a first-and-goal with just over a minute
On the next play, tight end Jacob Tamme appeared to be horse
collared in the end zone while attempting to catch a pass. After
the replay was shown, the fans at Lucas Oil Stadium booed
”I’m not going to talk about what I feel like about it,” Tamme
said. ”I’m not going to talk about it.”
On the next play, Collie couldn’t hang onto Painter’s pass, and
Sherrod Martin intercepted it to seal the win for the Panthers.
”It’s the same story,” Colts cornerback Jerraud Powers said.
”They made plays when they needed them, but at the end of the day,
I still feel it’s more us than it is them. We keep shooting
ourselves in the foot, either defensively, we might not be able to
get a stop here or there, or offensively we might not be able to
move the ball here or there.”
The Colts produced just 1 yard of total offense in the first
quarter, drawing boos from a stadium that was still nearly full
despite the team’s struggles. They had only 142 total yards in
offense after three quarters, then turned the ball over once they
started moving it.
Painter was 15 of 29 for 226 yards with one TD and the two
interceptions, Reggie Wayne caught five passes for 122 yards and
Donald Brown ran 14 times for 80 yards for the Colts.
Brown was a bright spot for the Colts. Joseph Addai started, but
Brown got most of the work.
”He’s been coming along,” Colts coach Jim Caldwell said. ”As
long as we’ve been able to get him the ball a fair number of times,
he’s made some things happen the last few weeks or so.”
The problem was, Carolina’s running game was even better. The
Panthers ran for a season-high 201 yards. Jonathan Stewart ran 10
times for 70 yards, Williams finished with 15 carries for 69 yards
and Newton ran nine times for 53 yards.
The Panthers (3-8) never trailed, but they couldn’t put away
Indianapolis until the final minute.
Carolina broke a 10-10 halftime tie with a nifty 25-yard TD run
from Williams, who sidestepped one defender in the middle of the
field, then cut right and outran the Colts defense for the
After Indy closed to 17-13 on a 31-yard field goal from Adam
Vinatieri, Williams scored on a 2-yard run early in the fourth
Painter found Wayne over the middle, and the receiver slipped a
tackle, turned left and sprinted into the end zone for a 56-yard
TD, his longest pass play of the season. Collie couldn’t haul in
Painter’s 2-point conversion pass, making the score 24-19.
Carolina followed that with an 81-yard kickoff return by Kealoha
Pilares that led to a 41-yard field goal. The Panthers appeared to
have the game wrapped up when Chris Gamble picked off Painter’s
underthrown ball in the end zone, right in front of Colts receiver
The Colts got the ball once more, but that drive ended when
Painter threw the late interception.
”The guy makes a great play and gets his feet inbounds, that
one didn’t bounce our way,” Painter said. ”Again, they made some
plays and did a good job. We can’t fault ourselves for giving
ourselves a chance at the end to potentially tie it up.”
Notes: Peyton Manning joined former receiver Marvin Harrison
during the induction ceremony into the Colts’ Ring of Honor. …
Indy also honored three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony
Stewart during the break for the two-minute warning at the end of
the first half. … Colts defensive back Stevie Brown injured his
quadriceps in the first half and fullback Ryan Mahaffey left in the
third quarter with a concussion. …Pilares had a long punt return
called back in the first half because of an illegal block.
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