Gillette Pro Glide is sponsoring a series of posts on the top 5 defensive plays so to that effect I give you what I view were the top 5 in the win over the Colts. I'm going to put these in order of importance starting with the 5th biggest defensive play:
Play #5: On 1st and 10 from the Colts 25 Painter drops back and is sacked for a 2 yard loss by DE Charles Johnson and DT Andre Neblett. The sack creates 2nd and 12 and eventually leads to a Colts punt.
Play #4: On 3rd and 5 from the Colts 25 yard line Painter drops back to pass. S Charles Godfrey come son a zone blitz and nails Painter forcing the ball loose. The Colts manage to recover it but it still forces a Colts punt.
Play #3: With 1:21 left in the 3rd quarter and nursing a 7 point lead the Colts had driven to the Panthers 7 yard line after a Jeremy Shockey fumble set the Colts up. On 3rd and 4 yards the Colts ran an end around to WR Pierre Garcon. Panther DBs Sherrod Martin and RJ Stanford read the play perfectly and dropped Garcon for a 6 yard loss forcing a Colts FG, preserving the Panther lead.
Play #2: At the Panther 42 yard line Colts WR Pierre Garcon went on a fly pattern down the right side line in an attempt to tie the game. Yet Panther CB Chris Gamble was with him step for step and when the ball was thrown a little short Gamble had the easy interception.
Play #1: At the Panther 15 the Colts had one final shot after driving down into the red zone yet again. Instead safety Sherrod Martin intercepts QB Curtis Painter in the end zone to thwart the Colts final attempt to tie the game. Painter tried to get the ball to Austin Collie but S Charles Godfrey got a hand on it and broke it up giving Martin his chance at the INT. Martin looked like an All Pro WR the way he kept his toes in bounds to secure the INT.
So there you have it, the top 5 defensive plays in the win over the Colts. Let's hope we have some more this weekend!