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January 8, 2013

Colts’ luck runs out

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BALTIMORE —

Lewis, who announced earlier this week he would retire after Baltimore’s playoff run, was playing the final home game of his 17-year career.

“We still had opportunities,” said Luck, who was sacked three times. “We still put ourselves in positions to score and didn’t take advantage of them, and a lot of credit goes to the Baltimore defense. What a great, great unit. I wish we could have capitalized on a couple of those drives, but we didn’t.”

Pagano, the former Ravens defensive coordinator who missed 12 Colts games this season while undergoing treatment for leukemia, coached his first playoff game. But offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, who had a 9-3 record coaching in Pagano’s absence, missed the game after being hospitalized for an undisclosed illness, leaving play-calling duties to quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen.

After the game, Pagano said Arians would remain hospitalized in Baltimore overnight for observation and likely rejoin the Colts in Indianapolis on Monday.

“Just precautionary,” Pagano said. “I think every test they’ve done on Bruce came back negative. He’s in good shape. ... He’ll be back with us tomorrow.”

Indianapolis had won five of its final six games to clinch a wild-card berth, and moved the ball during the first half, but had to settle for a pair of field goals by Adam Vinatieri and trailed 10-6 at halftime.

“As good as that defense is, it’s hard to go on sustained drives,” Pagano said. “We moved the ball, we did some things. But we weren’t able to get some chunk plays.”

Luck completed 13 of 23 passes for 143 yards in the first half, and a 15-play drive in the third quarter stalled at the Baltimore 8-yard line, with Vinatieri kicking his third field goal.

Vinatieri pushed a 40-yard field-goal attempt wide right early in the fourth quarter. He was previously 10 of 11 between 40 and 49 yards this season.

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