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Matt Loede

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Skidding into the playoffs

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Once a team reaches a certain point in their season, they have to decide if going after history is the important thing. Sunday in Indy, Jim Caldwell decided that history is not as important as the shot to win a Super Bowl, as he pulled Peyton Manning and it cost the Colts a chance at history as his team fell for the first time in 2009 to the New York Jets. Caldwell took history away from the Colts, as he knew that by pulling Manning it would basically handcuff the Colts offense, and it did, as they did little after he left the game.

Tony Dungy was famous for sitting players after the Colts had clinched byes and home field, and only once did the team make the Super Bowl, and that was in a season where they had to win three games and were never really able to sit many players. You have to wonder if the team is going to shake their heads at Caldwell for taking what could have not only been a perfect season, but a Super Bowl season.

The Colts probably won't play starters next week in their finale against the Bills, and even if they lose they will have still went 14-2. That said, they will be going into the playoffs losing two in a row - dangerous compared to going in undefeated if they had done the right thing.

By Matt Loede  |  December 28, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  | Category:  Indianapolis Colts , Peyton Manning Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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