Wilson: Mathis and Wayne deserve it

Last night Reggie Wayne and Robert Mathis played like the Pro Bowlers they are.  Mathis had two sacks and terrorized a shellshocked TJ Yates.  Wayne might have saved the Manning era with his game winning TD.  

Phillip B. Wilson wrote a great recap today paying homage to both:

If Reggie Wayne was saying good-bye, the Colts wide receiver did it in style with a game-winning TD catch.

Same for defensive end Robert Mathis, who had two sacks, one of those a forced fumble that he recovered.

On the finale, Wayne jumped again in tight coverage, the defender with his back turned and raising his arms. Orlovsky floated it up there perfectly. After Wayne came down with it and hit the FieldTurf, he sprang to his feet and held his arms out wide, the football in his left hand, as teammates mobbed him with 19 seconds left. The stadium erupted in the familiar chants of “Reg-gie! Reg-gie! Reg-gie!”

It was as deserving a moment as a veteran star could ever hope for in this God awful season, one to be savored. If this is it for Wayne, that’s how he should be remembered. Hopefully the Colts will bring him back. Same with Mathis, too. We’ll worry about that down the road.

But for tonight, yes indeed, thanks for one more memorable moment.