"Once one sack happened and another sack happened, it was just contagious," Redding said, noting the game plan by defensive coordinator Greg Manusky played a big role. "Everybody wanted to get a sack. It was just fun to go out there and play."
That hasn't always been the case since the calendar turned to October and injuries began taking a toll on the roster. The Colts allowed an average of 40 points per game in three losses after following the Oct. 27 bye week and had alternated wins and losses for seven consecutive weeks entering Sunday's game.
"It's huge for us," Pagano said, "because we've kind of rode the roller coaster."
Redding spoke about teams like last season's Baltimore Ravens or the 2011 New York Giants who got hot at the right time and overcame poor stretches of play to win the Super Bowl.
Those are the role models Indianapolis is looking to.
"We want to be that team," Redding said. "That's what we're striving to do. We feel like the momentum swing is in our favor right now."