NFL spokesman Corry Rush confirmed that official NFL stats only count regular-season numbers, meaning Indianapolis’ 115 regular-season victories from 2000-09 are considered the most in any decade in league history. New England, however, prefers to count postseason games – the most meaningful of all – and believes it had more overall wins (133 to the Colts’ 130) during the last decade.
Yes, they’re merely numbers, but they do demonstrate how tricky it can be to define success in today’s NFL – and how heated this rivalry between former division foes can get. It resumes Sunday at New England.
“That’s what makes it fun, and I think that’s why both teams respect each other so much,” said Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri(notes), one of only two players on either team’s current roster who has been with both clubs. “But I don’t think that’s really important unless you’re sitting around a campfire drinking a beer.”