You could see the frustration leaking from Andrew Luck's postgame appearance and tell how much it hurt.
"Disappointed. I guess a little angry at myself," he mentioned of his feelings. "I feel like we are a better team than what we showed out there."
The team that has specialized in finishing games scored one field goal after halftime.
The offense with the knack of finding its targets at just the right time, kept searching. Every one of Hilton's 124 yards were in the first half. Reggie Wayne had one catch in the second half.
The escape artists with a relentless talent of finding a way committed such mishaps as losing a touchdown on a penalty.
"There were so many errors on our part," Coby Fleener said. "It's not typical of a Colts team."
The quarterback who excels so at fourth quarter CPR, had two late chances against the Dolphins. On the first, he tried to force a pass to Wayne and had it intercepted. On the second, he was sacked on fourth down."I don't think I managed that particularly well," Luck said.
"You never want to get sacked on fourth down. That's one of the cardinal sins of playing football."
"That's another play I'd love to have back."
Hilton going mute in the second half?
"I didn't give T.Y. good enough balls on some of his routes. So I think a lot of that burden falls on me."
No quarterback/magician pulls a rabbit out of every helmet. So one close loss in mid-September is hardly fatal. More worrisome is the Colts' defense. Oakland's Terrelle Pryor had such fun in the opener, and the Dolphins were never stopped when they had to be on Sunday.