Posted December 31, 2012 on AP on Fox
Chuck Pagano just wanted to savor the moments Sunday. He waved to the fans, hugged his family, his players, assistant coaches even the Houston Texans. And when the Colts completed their remarkable regular season with a 28-16 victory over the AFC South champion, there was no holding back the joy in the locker room. ''Everybody was dancing. Just not taking anything for granted,'' Pro Bowl linebacker Robert Mathis said. ''The small things in life mean the most.'' There was nothing small about this win. Only two teams - the 2008 Dolphins and the 1999 Colts - produced 10-win turnarounds. On Sunday, the Colts (11-5) joined the next-best group with a nine-win improvement. Indy now heads to back to its old hometown, Baltimore, for a wild-card game next weekend. And although they were locked into the No. 5 playoff spot before Sunday's game, Pagano decided to play all of his healthy starters the entire game. Those guys, who won nine times under offensive coordinator and former interim c...
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