Following perhaps the most frustrating loss yet in an Indianapolis Colts season that is providing plenty, a 26-23 overtime defeat to the Houston Texans that involved a blown 14-point fourth-quarter lead, most Colts players were reportedly business-like in their responses.
Frank Gore was not. The 33-year-old running back, who reached five Pro Bowls in 10 seasons with the San Francisco 49ers prior to signing with Indianapolis before last season, was upset almost to the point of tears after the game, the Indianapolis Star’s Gregg Doyle reported.
“I didn’t come here for this,” he said, according to the Star. “I came here to get into the tournament.”
Gore voiced his frustration after becoming the first Colts running back in 35 games to rush for 100 yards in a contest, when he had 106 yards on 22 carries. It was all for naught. The Colts allowed a Brock Osweiler touchdown pass with 2 minutes, 37 seconds remaining, and a second with 49 seconds left to send it to overtime. Indianapolis then had to punt on its first possession of the extra period before watching Osweiler guide the Texans down the field en route to a 33-yard game-winning field goal by Nick Novak.
The loss dropped the Colts to 2-4, which places them alone in last place of the AFC South, which is widely regarded as the worst division in the NFL. Since Gore arrived, the Colts are just 10-12 a season after they had reached the AFC title game on a third straight year with an 11-5 record.
Gore is quietly having a nice 12th season in the league. His 72.3 yards per game and 4.3 yards per carry are at least tied for the best marks he’s had since 2012. It just isn’t making as much of a difference on the win total as he would like.