The Indianapolis Star's Mike Chappell, on the ball as usual, says the difference in this game came down to a few big plays. The Colts struggled (I've almost reached some kind of overuse threshold on that word this season) for long stretches in this game. However, they kept coming up with one more big play to keep their hopes alive against the feisty Browns. Chappell, of course, acknowledges that one of the biggest plays today might have actually been a mistake on Cleveland's part; that colossal drop by Josh Gordon in the end zone:
When the offense went flat in the second half — 124 total yards, 1-for-8 on third-down conversions — a defense that was mauled last week by the New York Jets stepped up.It made play after play. And, yes, it got a major assist when Josh Gordon flat dropped what would have been a 41-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter.
It's debatable whether Powers really helped out on that play, or if it was the bright sunlight from the open roof at Lucas Oil Stadium. Fortunately for the Colts, he dropped it, and the defense kept them away from the end zone for the remainder of the game.