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Hamilton talks about play-calling vs. Eagles

INDIANAPOLIS -- Chuck Pagano says it’s on him. Andrew Luck says he has to make better decisions. Pep Hamilton puts it on himself.

So whose fault is it for the Indianapolis Colts' questionable play-calling in the fourth quarter of Monday’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles?

Luck threw an interception on third-and-9 from the Eagles 22-yard line when the Colts had an opportunity to run the ball to kill some clock and kick a field goal to go up by 10 points with about five minutes left in the game. Then, after the Eagles tied the score at 27-27, the Colts ran on the first two downs before throwing an incompletion on third down, giving the Eagles plenty of time to get down the field and make the game-winning field goal.

Hamilton talked about those two series during his weekly media session Thursday.

Hamilton on the play when Luck threw the interception:

"I think it’s a matter of trust, the trust coach Pagano has in me to make a good decision in that situation, and the trust that we have in our quarterback to make good decisions. It was one of those situations where it didn’t work out. In hindsight I would have liked to call a play that would have scored a touchdown."

Hamilton would have been praised for his playing-calling had the Colts won, because they had put together the perfect game plan that focused on ball control to keep the up-tempo Eagles’ offense on the sideline. But those two series -- and a second-half fumble from Trent Richardson -- took that away.

"That is the nature of the beast, and I understand that and embrace that challenge of making sure that on a weekly basis we put our players in the best position to be successful," Hamilton said. "We played a really physically football game up front and Trent ran the ball well. Ahmad (Bradshaw) ran the ball well. We made some plays in the passing game, but at the end of the day in this league it all comes down to one, two, three or four plays that can make a difference in a game."