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Colts use Mack attack, defense to shut down Cowboys 23-0

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indianapolis Colts running back Marlon Mack kept his eyes down the field and his legs churning Sunday.

His teammates took the cue.

The offensive line created enough space for Mack to run for a career-high 139 yards and two scores, an improving defense smothered the league's hottest offense and the Colts rolled past Dallas 23-0 to stay in the AFC playoff hunt.

''When I saw those holes, I was like `Yeah, it might be a good day,''' Mack said. ''Holes like that don't come often.''

If Mack continues to exploit the creases, there's no telling what the Colts (8-6) could do if they earn a postseason trip.

Since losing five of their first six, Indy has won seven of eight. Andrew Luck continues to play the best football of his career and Mack appears ready to thrive with starting center Ryan Kelly back in the lineup.

The Colts' vastly improved defense has allowed 27 points over the past three weeks including two games against division leaders, Houston and Dallas, and has its first shutout since a 27-0 victory over Cincinnati on Oct. 19, 2014.

''Against that team, with the guys they have, it's tough,'' coach Frank Reich said. ''They have some of the best (offensive) guys in the NFL.''

While the Colts (8-6) celebrated, Dallas was dismayed.

The Cowboys (8-6) came out flat on offense, wore down on defense and failed to clinch the NFC East title as a five-game winning streak ended.

Ezekiel Elliott ran 18 times for 87 yards and caught seven passes for 41 yards. Amari Cooper had four catches for 32 yards and Dak Prescott was 24 of 39 for 206 yards with one interception.

But Mack set the tone with a physical 19-yard run on his first carry, ran 22 times and matched his career best for scoring runs - all against the league's No. 3 run defense.

The result: Dallas gave up its first 100-yard game since Week 9 and endured its first shutout since losing 12-0 to the Patriots on Nov. 16, 2003.

''Obviously, we didn't play well enough in any phase of our game to win,'' Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. ''We can't allow them to run the ball the way they want to run it.''

That wasn't the only problem.

The Colts repeatedly took advantage of Cowboys' miscues.

When Denico Autry blocked a Dallas field-goal attempt , Mack capitalized with a 1-yard TD plunge. Luck cashed in on a defensive holding call against Anthony Brown on third down to set up Adam Vinatieri for a 43-yard field goal to make it 10-0 at the half.

Mack opened the second half with a 6-yard scoring run and Vinatieri sealed it with two more field goals.

Defensively, the Colts made big play after big play, too.

Elliott lost 2 yards and the ball on fourth-and-1 from the Colts 3, Dallas was knocked out of field-goal range on Tyquan Lewis' sack on the Cowboys' final chance in the first half, Pierre Desir and Darius Leonard each ended drives by breaking up passes in the second half and George Odum capped it with a late interception.

Mack took care of the rest.

''He ran well, he does all the little things really, really well,'' Luck said.

STAT PACK

Cowboys: Dallas lost its first game in the series since 2002 and finished with no sacks and only three quarterback hits. ... The Cowboys finished with 292 yards, their lowest total since acquiring Cooper in a trade.

Colts: Luck was 16 of 27 for 192 yards while T.Y. Hilton caught five passes for 85 yards despite not practicing all week because of an ankle injury. ... Lewis had two of the Colts three sacks.

INJURY REPORT

Cowboys: Right guard Zack Martin missed the first game of his career with an injured left knee. Dallas improvised by moving left guard Connor Williams to right guard and inserting Xavier Su'a-Filo at right guard. But Su'a-Filo left early in the second quarter with an eye injury and did not return.

Colts: Veteran backup Joe Haeg replaced right guard Mark Glowinski (ankle) in the starting lineup and defensive tackle Al Woods left in the third quarter with an injured leg and did not return.

THEY SAID IT

Cowboys: ''The field goal just before halftime seemed to demoralize our team,'' team owner Jerry Jones said.

Colts: ''Zeke doesn't get stopped too much in that situation,'' Reich said of the goal-line stand. ''I don't know what the numbers are but it was a huge play.''

UP NEXT

Cowboys: Get a second chance to clinch the division title next Sunday when they host Tampa Bay.

Colts: Close out their home schedule next weekend when Eli Manning and the New York Giants return to Lucas Oil Stadium for the first time since winning the Super Bowl after the 2011 season.

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Key Players
E. Elliott 21 RB
87 RuYds, 41 ReYds, 7 RECs
10
FPTS
M. Mack 25 RB
139 RuYds, 2 RuTDs, 10 ReYds, REC
24
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 7:01
A.Vinatieri 23 yard field goal is GOOD Center-L.Rhodes Holder-R.Sanchez.
12
plays
55
yds
7:59
pos
0
23
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 1:41
A.Vinatieri 44 yard field goal is GOOD Center-L.Rhodes Holder-R.Sanchez.
10
plays
63
yds
6:09
pos
0
20
Point After TD 11:23
A.Vinatieri extra point is GOOD Center-L.Rhodes Holder-R.Sanchez.
plays
yds
pos
0
17
Touchdown 11:23
M.Mack up the middle for 6 yards TOUCHDOWN.
8
plays
75
yds
3:37
pos
0
16
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:02
A.Vinatieri 43 yard field goal is GOOD Center-L.Rhodes Holder-R.Sanchez.
11
plays
59
yds
1:53
pos
0
10
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 6:09
A.Vinatieri extra point is GOOD Center-L.Rhodes Holder-R.Sanchez.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 6:09
M.Mack up the middle for 1 yard TOUCHDOWN.
8
plays
44
yds
3:46
pos
0
6
Team Stats
Time of Pos 28:12 31:48
1st Downs 19 25
Rushing 6 11
Passing 12 11
Penalty 1 3
3rd Down Conv 4-12 8-12
4th Down Conv 1-5 0-0
Total Net Yards 292 370
Total Plays 64 66
Avg Gain 4.6 5.6
Net Yards Rushing 112 178
Rush Attempts 22 39
Avg Rush Yards 5.1 4.6
Net Yards Passing 180 192
Comp. - Att. 24-39 16-27
Yards Per Pass 4.6 7.1
Sacked - Yards Lost 3-26 0-0
Penalties - Yards 9-74 6-55
Touchdowns 0 2
Rushing TDs 0 2
Passing TDs 0 0
Other 0 0
Turnovers 2 1
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 2-1
Int. Thrown 1 0
Punts - Avg 2-40.5 1-50.0
Return Yards 2 0
Punts - Returns 1-2 1-0
Kickoffs - Returns 0-0 0-0
Int. - Returns 0-0 1-0
Kicking 0/1 5/5
Extra Points 0/0 2/2
Field Goals 0/1 3/3
Red Zone Eff. 0-2 -0% 2-3 -67%
Goal to Go Eff. 0-0 -0% 2-2 -100%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Cowboys 8-6 00000
Colts 8-6 7310323
180 PASS YDS 192
112 RUSH YDS 178
292 TOTAL YDS 370
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
D. Prescott 4 QB
6
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61.5% 206 0 1 64.7
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
67.6% 3337 17 8 94.0
D. Prescott 24/39 206 0 1 6
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
E. Elliott 21 RB
10
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
18 87 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
286 1349 6
E. Elliott 18 87 0 24 10
R. Smith 45 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 14 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
30 99 0
R. Smith 3 14 0 10 1
A. Cooper 19 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 11 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 20 0
A. Cooper 1 11 0 11 4
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
B. Jarwin 89 TE
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 4 45 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 18 180 0
B. Jarwin 7 4 45 0 18 4
C. Beasley 11 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 4 42 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 54 528 2
C. Beasley 7 4 42 0 14 4
E. Elliott 21 RB
10
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 7 41 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 72 543 3
E. Elliott 8 7 41 0 10 10
A. Cooper 19 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 4 32 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 66 954 7
A. Cooper 7 4 32 0 11 4
D. Schultz 86 TE
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 3 23 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 11 99 0
D. Schultz 4 3 23 0 8 2
N. Brown 85 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 14 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 45 0
N. Brown 2 1 14 0 14 1
A. Hurns 17 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 9 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 19 246 2
A. Hurns 2 1 9 0 9 0
J. Olawale 49 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 13 0
J. Olawale 1 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
J. Smith 54 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
11-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
74-33 0 4.0
J. Smith 11-0 0.0 0 0
J. Heath 38 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
54-20 1 0.0
J. Heath 7-2 0.0 0 0
L. Vander Esch 55 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
88-28 2 0.0
L. Vander Esch 7-1 0.0 0 0
D. Wilson 57 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
26-8 0 1.0
D. Wilson 4-1 0.0 0 0
D. Lawrence 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
39-19 1 8.0
D. Lawrence 3-1 0.0 0 0
T. Crawford 98 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
17-16 0 5.0
T. Crawford 3-0 0.0 0 0
X. Woods 25 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
33-14 2 0.0
X. Woods 3-2 0.0 0 0
C. Awuzie 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
53-10 0 0.0
C. Awuzie 2-1 0.0 0 0
A. Brown 30 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
36-5 1 2.0
A. Brown 2-0 0.0 0 0
D. Armstrong 92 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-5 0 0.0
D. Armstrong 2-0 0.0 0 0
B. Jones 31 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
45-10 0 0.0
B. Jones 2-2 0.0 0 0
C. Reid 51 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
C. Reid 1-0 0.0 0 1
R. Gregory 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-3 0 5.0
R. Gregory 1-0 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
B. Maher 2 K
0
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
0/1 0/0
SEASON FG XP
27/33 25/26
B. Maher 0/1 0 0/0 0
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
C. Jones 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
2 40.5 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
53 45.1 14
C. Jones 2 40.5 2 41
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Beasley 11 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 2.0 2 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
10 4.8 14 0
C. Beasley 1 2.0 2 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
A. Luck 12 QB
9
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
59.3% 192 0 0 81.1
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
67.3% 3951 34 13 98.4
A. Luck 16/27 192 0 0 9
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
M. Mack 25 RB
24
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
27 139 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
158 755 7
M. Mack 27 139 2 21 24
A. Luck 12 QB
9
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 20 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
37 118 0
A. Luck 6 20 0 11 9
N. Hines 21 RB
5
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 19 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
82 308 1
N. Hines 6 19 0 8 5
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
T. Hilton 13 WR
8
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 5 85 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 67 1071 6
T. Hilton 8 5 85 0 37 8
N. Hines 21 RB
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 4 45 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 56 359 2
N. Hines 6 4 45 0 19 5
R. Grant 11 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 16 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 33 325 1
R. Grant 2 2 16 0 10 1
Z. Pascal 14 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 12 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 23 227 2
Z. Pascal 2 1 12 0 12 1
M. Mack 25 RB
24
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 10 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 13 100 1
M. Mack 1 1 10 0 10 24
C. Rogers 80 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 10 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 43 399 1
C. Rogers 1 1 10 0 10 1
E. Ebron 85 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 1 8 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 59 662 12
E. Ebron 3 1 8 0 8 0
J. Wilkins 20 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 6 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 15 80 0
J. Wilkins 1 1 6 0 6 0
D. Inman 15 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 19 181 1
D. Inman 1 0 0 0 0 0
M. Alie-Cox 81 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 6 112 2
M. Alie-Cox 1 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
D. Leonard 53 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
99-47 1 7.0
D. Leonard 9-2 0.0 0 0
P. Desir 35 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
52-17 1 0.0
P. Desir 7-0 0.0 0 1
C. Geathers 26 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
61-28 0 0.0
C. Geathers 6-2 0.0 0 0
G. Odum 30 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-6 1 0.0
G. Odum 5-0 0.0 1 0
K. Moore 23 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
56-12 2 1.0
K. Moore 4-0 0.0 0 0
Q. Wilson 31 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-6 1 0.0
Q. Wilson 4-0 0.0 0 0
A. Walker 50 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
67-35 1 1.0
A. Walker 4-1 0.0 0 0
T. Lewis 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-4 0 2.0
T. Lewis 3-1 2.0 0 0
D. Autry 96 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
26-8 0 9.0
D. Autry 1-0 1.0 0 0
M. Adams 49 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
17-9 0 0.0
M. Adams 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Sheard 93 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
33-11 0 5.0
J. Sheard 1-1 0.0 0 0
A. Woods 99 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-14 0 0.0
A. Woods 1-0 0.0 0 0
G. Stewart 90 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-8 0 0.0
G. Stewart 0-1 0.0 0 0
M. Hooker 29 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
24-11 1 0.0
M. Hooker 0-1 0.0 0 0
M. Hunt 92 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
20-5 0 5.0
M. Hunt 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
A. Vinatieri 4 K
11
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
3/3 2/2
SEASON FG XP
21/25 37/39
A. Vinatieri 3/3 44 2/2 11
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
R. Sanchez 2 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
1 52.0 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
49 46.0 19
R. Sanchez 1 52.0 1 52
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Rogers 80 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
20 10.6 51 0
C. Rogers 1 0.0 0 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 DAL 25 5:05 10 45 Blocked FG
6:09 DAL 25 7:00 15 70 Fumble
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:06 DAL 9 7:13 14 44 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:23 DAL 25 3:38 7 24 Punt
1:36 IND 30 1:40 6 31 Downs
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
6:57 DAL 25 2:41 8 34 Downs
4:04 IND 35 0:55 5 9 INT
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:55 DAL 44 3:46 8 44 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:09 IND 5 5:03 11 27 Punt
1:53 IND 16 1:53 11 59 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 IND 25 3:37 8 75 TD
7:45 IND 11 6:09 10 63 FG
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:56 IND 40 7:59 12 55 FG
4:16 IND 41 0:12 2 -6 Fumble
3:09 IND 22 3:09 7 23 Game