Colts RB Marlon Mack sets franchise record for most rushing yards in playoff game
Indianapolis Colts running back Marlon Mack may be up next.
The second-year halfback punctured the Houston Texans for 148 rushing yards during the Colts’ AFC Wild Card Round victory on Saturday, setting a new franchise record for a playoff game:
THE MACK ATTACK!
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) January 6, 2019
Mack averaged 6.2 yards per carry in the win and had some game-breaking runs where he made what is an elite Texans’ run defense look silly.
The 23-year-old, who played his collegiate football at the University of Southern Florida, was originally selected by the Colts in the fourth round (143rd pick overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft.
He had a quiet rookie campaign, rushing for just 358 yards and three touchdowns while averaging a meager 3.8 yards per attempt, but this season, Mack broke out, racking up 908 yards and nine touchdowns in just 12 games, recording 4.7 yards per attempt.
There has been speculation that the Colts could pursue Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell on the free-agent market this offseason, but with Mack in the fold, it may be wiser for Indianapolis to spend its available cap space elsewhere rather than paying another running back massive money.
The Colts won 10 games this season, rebounding to become just the third team since the AFL/NFL merger to make the playoffs after a 1-5 start.
Indianapolis has now won 10 of its last 11 games, only being interrupted by a strange 6-0 loss to the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars back on Dec. 2.
The Colts will now move on to face the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in the Divisional Round of the playoffs next week.