Colts Nearly Blow A Fourth Quarter Lead, But Defeat The 49ers

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Oct 8, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri (4) kicks a 51 yard game winning field goal against the San Francisco 49ers in overtime at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports Created:
Oct 8, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri (4) kicks a 51 yard game winning field goal against the San Francisco 49ers in overtime at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Colts vs 49ers Recap

The Colts climb to 2-3 after defeating the 49ers in an overtime nail biter. The Colts dominated the game in the third quarter after a low scoring first half, and nearly gave the game away after a fourth quarter collapse. The defense had multiple chances to close the game, but dropped interceptions and costly defensive penalties allowed the 49ers to come back in the game.

Marlon Mack, Frank Gore, and the run game was incredibly effective for the Colts. Mack had a breakout game coming off of an injury, posting 91 yards and one touchdown. He also had a clutch 35 yard run in overtime to set up an Adam Vinatieri game winning field goal. Frank Gore seems to be taking on the first and second down workhorse role; he had 48 yards on five more carries than Mack. Jacoby Brissett added a rushing touchdown on a quarterback draw. If the Colts run game performs like this when Andrew Luck returns, this offense could be extremely deadly.

The passing game was solid as well; T.Y. Hilton had another incredible game, posting 177 yards on seven catches. Hilton is once again near the top of the receiving yard leaderboard as he was last season. Donte Moncrief had a couple first down receptions. Jacoby Brissett controlled the game for most of the game, but threw a costly interception in the red zone during overtime that nearly cost the Colts the game. Brissett continues to be a servicable replacement for Andrew Luck.

As has been the story for much of this season, the Colts have immense trouble finishing games. Indianapolis blew a 10 point fourth quarter lead to Arizona in week 2 before losing on overtime. They nearly gave up a 17 point fourth quarter lead to the Browns, and allowed the Seahawks to score 36 second half points after leading by five at halftime. Today was more of the same.

The 49ers offense had been stagnant for most of the game, as the Colts led 16-6 heading into the fourth quarter. After a Jacoby Brissett touchdown giving the Colts a 23-9 lead, the game seemed all but over. But the Colts’ defense collapsed and the offense could not get anything going. Brian Hoyer threw a deep pass to Marquise Goodwin, and then a shovel pass to Kyle Juszczyk for a touchdown. On the ensuing drive, Hoyer drove 89 yards down the field, finding rookie tight end George Kittle on a touchdown pass. Brissett drove the Colts down the field in overtime, threw an untimely interception, and was bailed out by the defense. As he has done his whole career. Adam Vinatieri hit a 51 yard field goal for the win.

Vinatieri was lights out this game, finishing 4/4 on field goals and 2/2 on extra points.

The Colts once again showed great potential today, but need to finish games if they want a shot at the postseason, which seems slim. If the Colts finished all of their games this season like they started them, they would be 4-1.

The Colts travel to Tennessee to take on the Titans in their first divisional matchup next week.

Ben Pfeifer is the Managing Editor of the Colts, and a national writer. Want to continue the discussion? Contact Ben Pfeifer on Twitter @doctortruthboi and @cover32_IND.


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