FOXBOROUGH, MA - In the electronic era images of positives and negatives are a touch away.
Bruce Arians wants to make sure the ones created on a chilly afternoon in Foxborough are just that for his young Colts team.
Yes he does mean the film containing the highlights of his team's 59-24 loss to the Patriots on Sunday at Gillette Stadium.
"No, you better remember it," said Arians when asked if the team would try to forget the game quickly. "You better damn remember it. Because you hope to be back here and you don’t want to forget it."
Its with that forward thinking-a possible match-up with the Patriots in the playoffs-that Arians will keep this loss in the players heads. Not that they'll want it there.
Indianapolis allowed the second-most points in franchise history while having two touchdowns returned by the opposing defense for scores. They also had a punt returned for a touchdown and allowed Tom Brady to lead six scoring drives.
Yet after the lopsided loss a number of players sided with Arians in the fact that these problems must quickly be brought to their attention.
"We have to let it burn a bit," said linebacker Robert Mathis. "So we can come back and bounce back."
The first place to start is obvious: Turnovers. Three of them on a pair of interceptions by quarterback Andrew Luck and a fumble by the quarterback led directly led to Patriots touchdowns and turned a close game into a route.
Per the spirit of Arian's call to remember, Luck plans to hit the game video hard before next week's match-up with Buffalo.
"We’re going to have to be critical of ourselves," said Luck. "We do realize we are still in a decent position to hopefully accomplish something."
It's that argument which Arians is really trying to sell to his players when asking them to absorb Sunday's loss in Foxborough. Despite the defeat the Colts remain in the thick of the post-season hunt and still hold the sixth spot in the AFC despite the defeat.
If the season were to end today, the Colts would return to New England to face the Patriots on Wild Card Weekend.
"Because you hope to be back here and you don’t want to forget it. You don’t throw things away in this business, you learn from them," said Arians. "We will watch this tape real hard tomorrow. We won’t burn it and go to the next one.
"We will watch it and learn from it. Each guy individually and us collectively as a coaching staff and a group. And we will get better for it."
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