You can forgive wide receiver Pierre Garçon if he wasn't as concerned with football this week as most of his Indianapolis Colts teammates. The Haitian-American spent the past few days trying to locate relatives in the earthquake-ravaged country and trying to raise funds for the relief effort. Saturday night though, Garçon took care of business on the field, making the play that helped send the Colts to the AFC Championship after beating the Baltimore Ravens 20-3..
With Indy leading Baltimore 17-3 in the middle of the third quarter, Peyton Manning(notes) threw an errant pass that was picked off by Ravens All-Pro safety Ed Reed(notes). With a clear lane in front of him, Reed streaked down the middle of the field. Suddenly, that comfortable 14-point lead seemed like it could become seven in a hurry. The momentum of the game had shifted.
But then Pierre Garçon immediately shifted it back. He was the intended receiver on the Manning pass, but didn't quit on the play after Reed's pick. He caught Reed from behind and jarred the ball loose downfield with an arm-pop. Teammate Dallas Clark quickly recovered the fumble and the Colts ended up later converting a field goal on the drive to take a 17-point lead. A precarious lead had turned into a comfortable one thanks to Garçon.
In the immediate aftermath of the devastating quake, Garçon was unsure about the condition of his relatives in Haiti. On Thursday he told reporters he finally got into contact with four, receiving the good news that they, at least, at least were safe. He cautioned that there were "still more to be found" though.
Garçon has been frequently updating his Twitter account to keep his 4,000+ followers abreast of relief efforts. Let's hope they go as well as his efforts to help the Colts tonight.