With their 35-27 come-from-behind victory over the Texans Sunday, the Colts have now won 20 consecutive regular season games – just one from tying the record set by the Patriots a few years ago.

It hasn't been pretty, but the Colts are perfect in 2009.

Winning 20 straight games is a great accomplishment, particularly in the salary-cap era, but even more incredible is how the Colts are doing it.

They have trailed in the fourth quarter in their past five victories – the first NFL team to do so.

In two of their last three games, they trailed by 17 points.

In 13 of the 20 wins during their current streak, the Colts won by eight points or fewer.

In contrast the NFL’s other 11-0 team – the New Orleans Saints – have steamrolled opponents, winning by an average of 17 points per game.

On the surface, the Saints appear the better team. Only twice have they won by less than 10 points – by five over the Rams and by eight over the Falcons.

Meanwhile the Colts have won a handful of games – over the Dolphins, Patriots, and Ravens – that they had no business winning.

Will the Colts’ ability to come from behind and win games they shouldn’t pay dividends in the postseason? Is it best to coast to victories, or fight till the bitter end for them?

It’s hard to say.

The Colts have long been a come-from-behind team, with more than half their games over the past four seasons coming down to the wire.

It paid off in 2006.

After rallying for several victories during the regular season, the Colts pulled off the biggest comeback in AFC Championship game history with a 38-34 victory over the Patriots en route to winning Super Bowl XLI.

The past two postseasons, the Colts late-game savvy hasn’t come through.

In 2007, the Colts playoff hopes were crushed by a second-half rally by the San Diego Chargers with Billy Volek filling in for an injured Philip Rivers.

Last season it was the Chargers again, scoring the game’s final nine points to knock the Colts out of the playoffs in overtime.

More than ever, the Colts have leaned on last-minute heroics to earn their 11-0 record. Whether or not that style of winning will pay off in the postseason will soon be determined.

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