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Colts reach new low with outrageous interception celebration in midst of blowout loss

Alex Reimer
October 05, 2018 - 10:33 am

Move over, AFC Finalist banner. The Colts have reached a new low.

Midway through the third quarter of the Patriots’ 38-24 win over Indianapolis Thursday, wideout Chris Hogan couldn’t catch a pass from Tom Brady that hit him right in the chest. The ball deflected off his hands, and landed into the arms of Colts cornerback Matthias Farlay. 

It was one of the luckiest interceptions you’ll ever see. But that didn’t stop the Colts defense from celebrating like they just won the Super Bowl, despite the fact they were trailing 24-10 at the time.

According to Colts beat reporter Bob Kravitz, Colts head coach Frank Reich didn’t see the routine, but promised to talk to his players if needed. 

“I had a huge problem with that,” Kravitz told “Kirk & Callahan” Friday. “Again, maybe it’s a generational thing or cultural thing. I don’t know. I just think there’s right and wrong. There’s certain ways to comport yourself during a sporting event. That left me cold. I actually had a good conversation with Frank Reich about it in the locker room after the game. He was asking me what I saw, because he wasn’t paying attention. He was in the playbook, seeing what they were going to do offensively. He said he would go back and look at it, and talk with the guys if they needed to be talked to.”

The Football Gods immediately struck back at the Colts for their silliness, as running back Jordan Wilkins fumbled the ball just four plays later, allowing the Patriots to regain possession. As it turns out, New England wound up just losing 20 yards of field position on the widely celebrated pick. 

Farley also experienced some comeuppance in the fourth quarter. He was in coverage for Josh Gordon’s touchdown and stiff-armed on Sony Michel’s long touchdown run. 

On the whole, the Colts shouldn’t be totally embarrassed at their performance Thursday, considering they dressed only 44 players. Three of their best playmakers –– wideout T.Y. Hilton, tight end Jack Doyle and rookie linebacker Darius Leonard –– were sidelined due to injury as well. Even with those disadvantages, Andrew Luck still threw for 365 yards with three touchdowns, and they made it a one-possession game in the third quarter –– thanks to an interception off Rob Gronkowski’s hands and the Patriots’ inability to cover tight ends in the red zone. 

Just imagine how the Colts would’ve fared if their little-known receivers could catch the ball more frequently, or if their defense spent less time worrying about choreography. It’s moments like those that make Indianapolis come off like a Mickey Mouse operation, regardless of who’s hearing the headsets on the sidelines.