FOXBOROUGH — It was a glaring part of Indianapolis’s comeback victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.
Though they stormed back from a 28-point second-half deficit — the second-largest comeback in NFL postseason history — the Colts’ 45-44 win last Saturday was fraught with four turnovers, three of which were interceptions thrown by quarterback Andrew Luck, a drastic departure from the ball security the team displayed all season.
The last time Indianapolis turned the ball over four times was in Week 10 against the St. Louis Rams, a 38-8 loss on its home turf.
With the Patriots on tap in the next round of the playoffs, Indianapolis is trying to button up that particular issue against a team that feasts on opponents’ mistakes.
“We understand we can’t survive on mistakes forever, especially against good, quality football playoff teams,” Luck said Tuesday. “So we’ll work on limiting those mistakes and hopefully give ourselves a chance.
“[Turnovers are] an emphasis every week, and that’s something coach [Chuck] Pagano has talked about since Day 1. Along with running the football and stopping the run, it’s turnover margin that he preaches day in and day out. And we took that to heart this year and managed to do a decent job. Obviously wasn’t great at it last week. But we know we can’t do it this week against the Patriots.”
In the regular season, the Colts turned the ball over only 14 times, a league low, and sported a plus-13 turnover differential.
Luck also said he hadn’t had a chance yet to work with new wide receiver Deion Branch, the former Patriot who worked out with the Colts a few weeks ago and was signed by them Monday following the injury to wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey in Saturday’s game.
“It’s been a quick morning,” Luck said. “I definitely will pick his brain. He’s going to be a great addition to our team. But I haven’t had a chance to sit down yet. We’ve been rolling in and out of meetings.”