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“It means a lot, but we’re a proud ballclub, so one game out of 13 or 14, we still have a ways to go,” Colts defensive end Robert Mathis said. “Everybody held the fort today. We just kept chopping wood and the tree fell today.”

Despite the victory, the Colts still have the inside track for the top overall pick in the draft, which many believe will be Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck. St. Louis and Minnesota have only two wins, though, so if Indy finds another victory _ the Colts finish home for Houston and at Jacksonville _ the Rams or Vikings could sneak into the top spot.

The league’s overall top spot still belongs to Green Bay; no one else has as few as two defeats. Green Bay finishes with home games against division rivals Chicago and Detroit, and might have a renewed focus after the flop in KC.

McCarthy certainly will be asking his players all week how their first loss since 31-27 at New England last Dec. 19 feels.