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The Colts’ defense

Posted by Doug on January 18, 2007

Is there any hope that the Colts can continue to play defense the way they have in the postseason (14 points allowed in two games) instead of the way they did during the regular season (an average of 22.5 points per game)?

Is there any precedent for this kind of defensive turnaround in the postseason? To investigate, I checked all playoff teams since 1978 who were below average defensively during the regular season (in terms of points allowed per game) and then won two playoff games on the strength of their defense. Here are the closest matches I could come up with:


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TM YR PPG | Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3 |
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ram 1989 21.5 | phi 21- 7 | nyg 19-13 | sfo 3-30 |
hou 1979 20.7 | den 13- 7 | sdg 17-14 | pit 13-27 |
buf 1991 19.9 | kan 37-14 | den 10- 7 | was 24-37 |
cin 1988 20.6 | sea 21-13 | buf 21-10 | sfo 16-20 |
hou 1978 18.6 | mia 17- 9 | nwe 31-14 | pit 5-34 |
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