The Colts managed another incredible second half comeback this past week, rallying from a 20-7 deficit to start the second half to win 27-23. The win was powered by both offensive and defensive efforts, as many of the last few wins have been.
So which specific players were the drivingforce behind this week's comeback? Find out after the jump!
Last time these two teams met, Castonzo was dominated by Kamerion Wimbley, allowing 11 pressures, including two sacks. It was Castonzo's worst pass grade from PFF on the season, and it was an example of the inconsistency that Castonzo performed with during that first half of the season. This time around, Castonzo was the one dominating, being what PFF called "perfect in pass protection and a force in run blocking." On a day when the rest of the offensive line was a mess, Castonzo had one of his best games as a pro, not allowing a QB pressure and allowing Vick Ballard to run for 6.7 yards per carry on the left side.
Wayne continues his strong year with a 6 catch, 64-yard performance on a day when the rest of the wide receivers struggled to get involved. Wayne's totals included the sole passing touchdown of the day. The other side of Wayne's production is that it draws so much attention to him, and away from others. A perfect example of this was the game-clinching first down catch by Dwayne Allen. The play was supposed to be a curl to Wayne, but the Titans triple-teamed him, leaving Allen one-on-one with a linebacker in the middle of the field.
Ballard has been inconsistent this season in running, but Sunday marked his best game yet (coming just one week after his previous week, he's getting better every week). Ballard ran for 94 yards on just 19 carries, a 4.9 average behind a shaky offensive line. Ballard struggled to gain extra yards early in the season, but he fought for 48 yards after contact this week and forced four missed tackles. Ballard also didn't allow a pressure in 10 snaps in pass protection.
Although he did allow a 46-yard completion to Kenny Britt in the first half, Davis was solid in coverage all day, leading to his receiving of the highest grade of any of the Colts' defenders from PFF. Outside of those 46 yards, Davis allowed just over 3 yards per attempt, as his solid tackling and quick instincts gave him five stops on the day (most on the team).
Many would think that Cassius Vaughn should be in this spot, with two passes defended and an interception that helped the Colts comeback so quickly. But Vaughn's poor tackling (3 missed tackles, made up half of the Colts' totals on the day) and poor coverage for most of the game are what got the Colts in a bad situation to begin with. Butler, on the other hand, had the Colts' highest pass coverage grade of the week from PFF, managed two stops, and allowed zero catches on just three passes in his direction. Sure, Butler's interception may have been a missed pass interference call, but in the end, it's results that matter.
On a day when his partner, Dwight Freeney, was struggling (his worst pass rush grade in four weeks), Mathis received his second best pass rush grade of the season. With two hurries, he also continues his streak of at least two pressures in each game this season. Mathis also batted down a pass and had a run stop on the day.