Colts fall to 0-11 after 27-19 loss to Panthers

Still winless.

That’s the bottom line for the Colts after their latest

disaster.

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

remaining.

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

loudly.

”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

score.

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

quarter.

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

Pierre Garcon.

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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