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Matthews' near miss a costly one

Oct 07, 2012 -- 8:20pm
 
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INDIANAPOLIS – Clay Matthews still wasn’t sure what happened. He’d showered, dressed, applied the requisite hair products to his flowing locks and was heading out the door of the Lucas Oil Stadium visitors locker room and still couldn’t believe it.

“I thought I had him,” the Green Bay Packers outside linebacker said, shaking his head.

While there were plenty of plays that decided the outcome of the Packers’ 30-27 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, the one that will haunt Matthews came on third-and-12 from the Green Bay 47-yard line during what would end up being the Colts’ game-winning touchdown drive.

At a time when a sack would have left the Colts with fourth-and-forever, quarterback Andrew Luck somehow shed Matthews and completed a 15-yard strike to Reggie Wayne to keep the drive alive. Five plays later, the 6-foot-4, 234-pound Luck hit Wayne for a 4-yard touchdown, capping Wayne’s career-best performance (13 catches, 212 yards) and the Colts’ rally.

“I don’t know how much (Luck) can bench press, but … it happened. It seems to be a theme amongst pass rushers with him,” Matthews said. “I guess I have to get back in the gym, work out a little harder.

“(He’s a) big kid, elusive, slippery. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much pressure in his face to get him to get back on his heels, but I just didn’t get him down. That’s ultimately what it boils down. Unfortunately that was a big play in the drive.”

Matthews did have a sack on Luck earlier in the game, forcing a fumble that Charles Woodson couldn’t corral before it bounced out of bounds. Matthews now has eight sacks in five games.

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