Pagano sa­vors win over Hous­ton

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INDIANAPOLIS — Chuck Pagano put on his danc­ing shoes and sa­vored ev­ery moment of Sun­day’s postgame cel­e­bra­tion.

He took his cus­tom­ary line­backer stance on the side­line, hands on bended knees. He sig­naled touch­downs when the Colts scored, pat­ted Deji Karim on the hel­met af­ter a 101yard kick­off re­turn for a gamechang­ing touch­down, and ges­tured for penalty flags to be thrown.

And af­ter Indianapolis beat AFC South cham­pion Hous­ton 28-16, Pagano even tossed

C6 aside the stodgy im­age of an NFL coach and be­gan jump­ing around with play­ers, as­sis­tant coaches and even team owner Jim Ir­say like he was a kid again. Why not? “There was a lot of high­fiv­ing, a lot of danc­ing, a lot of hug­ging go­ing on and a lot of cel­e­brat­ing,” an emo­tional Pagano said. “There’s a lot to cel­e­brate right now.”

Colts head coach Chuck Pagano and Tex­ans wide re­ceiver An­dre John­son hug on the field af­ter the Colts’ win.

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