Fans rally behind Indianapolis 'Cardiac Colts'
Indianapolis excels at comeback victories
Cassius Vaughn and teammates celebrate after an interception Vaughn returned for a touchdown.
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INDIANAPOLIS - Just call them the Cardiac Colts.
The first couple of times it happened, it could be considered a fluke, but make no mistake, these Indianapolis Colts have made dramatic comebacks a habit.
Indianapolis came back from a 13-point second-half deficit to defeat Tennessee 27-23. The Colts have now won seven of their last eight games and appear poised for a strong playoff run.
No one is really sure why the Colts are so good at the second-half comeback, but it's bringing the young team a lot of joy.
"Our backs are against the wall. We're down," said Colts cornerback Darius Butler, who had an interception. "We've got to step up and make plays -- special teams, offense, defense. Wherever it needs to get done, it seems to come."
"We stunk it up the first half. We really stunk it up," said Colts defensive end Cory Redding. "The second half, we regrouped. We went out there and played the way we're supposed to play."
While late interceptions keyed Indianapolis to victory Sunday, interim coach Bruce Arians said the whole team is stepping up.
"In crunch time, our defense has been outstanding throughout the season," said interim coach Bruce Arians. "When the defense has been outstanding, the offense has responded and helped them."
This was supposed to be a rebuilding year in Indianapolis, with a new coaching staff, new quarterback and a lot of new players.
But Indianapolis has been precocious about learning how to win, and quarterback Andrew Luck has been a big part of that.
"It's nice being in the fourth quarter when you know you have a chance to win, a chance to ice the game, whatever that situation is," Luck said. "Everybody on the team … just plays football. They're not worried about the scoreboard too much, not worried about what's going on. They're aware of the situation and go out and play football to the best of our capabilities."
Cassius Vaughn's pick six in the third quarter helped put Indianapolis over the top.
"We made plays like we usually do," said Vaughn. "You never get tired of winning, whether it's by 30 or by two or three."
Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne has seen more than his share of successes, but this year is different.
"We don't know any better," Wayne said. "Down by 20, keep playing. I guess when you're young, you have more fun. They've kept me smiling. I've been enjoying this whole year more than any other."
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