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January 12, 2014

George Bremer: Good, bad and ugly for Colts

The Indianapolis Colts defeated three of the NFL’s conference finalists this season. No other team can make that claim.

Of course, the Colts also lost by scores of 38-8 to St. Louis and 40-11 to Arizona, a pair of teams who did not qualify for the postseason.

If Indianapolis had successfully closed out a 24-20 loss against Miami in Week 2, it would have earned a first-round bye and homefield advantage for the AFC divisional round and might still be playing.

And all of that encapsulates a topsy-turvy 2013 campaign for the AFC South champions. There was plenty of good, a healthy portion of bad and a little bit of ugly along the way.

If someone had said during the summer that the Colts would lose tight end Dwayne Allen after the season opener and wide receiver Reggie Wayne following Week 7, the outlook would have been far worse than the season-ending 43-22 loss at New England on Saturday night.

Indianapolis navigated those injuries — and several others including the losses of running back Vick Ballard, left guard Donald Thomas and cornerback Greg Toler — to match last year’s 11-5 record and pick up the first playoff win of the Chuck Pagano era.

The season will be remembered for Robert Mathis’ 19.5 sacks, the emergence of young receiver T.Y. Hilton and Andrew Luck’s dive into the end zone during the 28-point comeback in the wild-card round against Kansas City.

But it will also be remembered for the struggles of Trent Richardson, a defense that surrendered 40 or more points four times including both playoff games and a less-than-glorious offseason for second-year general manager Ryan Grigson.

The last will be of most immediate importance.

Indianapolis will have upwards of $35 million in salary-cap room this offseason and will need to make decisions on cornerback Vontae Davis, safety Antoine Bethea, running back Donald Brown, kicker Adam Vinatieri and punter Pat McAfee among others.

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