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Friday night at the Colts Kickoff Concert

The Indianapolis Colts sponsored a concert Downtown Friday on Georgia Street to celebrate the opening of football season.

The Kickoff featured Gin Blossoms.

The Dane Clark Band opened. The Colts Cheerleaders danced and autographed posters.

The crowd filled Georgia Street quickly with a lot of Colt fans excited to be out for a great night of entertainment. Some of them dressed in crazy outfits with a lot of bling to highlight their Colts Pride.

Also in the crowd, some Oakland Raider fans dressed up to show their team pride too.

Fast forward to Monday morning. Sorry Oakland fans. How'd you like the 21-17 finish? Here's an excerpt for the Colts' Tom Rietmann explaining the quick thinking - and acting - by QB Andrew Luck in the fourth quarter that made the ultimate difference in the Colts victory:

At the 5 1/2-minute mark of the fourth quarter, Luck called a pass play but saw a hole and decided to run. Receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey helped Luck's cause with a nice screen block. The Indy quarterback scrambled 19 yards for a touchdown that proved to be the winner in a 21-17 victory over the Raiders at Lucas Oil Stadium.

"They doubled Reggie (Wayne), which takes one extra body out of there," Luck said, explaining how Oakland was defending the Colts' star receiver on the play. "And the O-line did a good job of pass protecting. It seemed to open up the middle.

"I went through my reads and as I was sort of stepping up, you sort of realize, 'Hey, man, there really is no one here.''

Luck took advantage, and the score put the home crowd of 65,412 in a festive mood at the season opener.


Defensive End Cory Redding harasses Raiders QB Terrell Pryor during the Colts' home opener. - PHOTO COURTESY OF THE INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
  • Photo courtesy of the Indianapolis Colts
  • Defensive End Cory Redding harasses Raiders QB Terrell Pryor during the Colts' home opener.


Great job, Colts! We are proud of you.

Special shout-outs to the other touch downs, from Dwayne Allen and Reggie Wayne. Also to the defense: To linebacker Robert Mathis for the last-minute sack of Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor and to safety Antoine Bethea for a game-ending interception. Other defensive high-fives: Cornerback Greg Toler's interception. Great job killing the dreams of our visiting teams' offense.

And love, as always, to our kicker, Adam Vinatieri, who delivered a solid three points.

Keep up the good work, Colts! This is the kind of return on investment Indy likes to see!

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