Another game, and yet almost another 4th quarter collapse by the Colts defense, but one of the few remaining Colts who played with Peyton Manning came through. The golden leg of Adam Vinatieri saved the Colts in overtime. The Colts won a slugfest 26-23 against the winless San Francisco 49ers. On what was supposed to be a celebration of Peyton’s jersey retirement and induction into the Ring of Honor. The Colts made it anything, but a celebration.
The Colts inability to score touchdowns allowed the 49ers to hang around. Both teams traded field goals in the first and second quarter. It was all knotted up at 6-6 at halftime. The Colts built a 14 point lead going into the fourth quarter up. As we have all seen so many times this year, the Colts ran out of gas. It almost cost the Colts yet another game. Although Marlon Mack had something to say about that with a 35-yard gallup in overtime to set the Colts up in field goal range.
While he is still very young, Jacoby Brissett had a decent day at the office. He completed 22/34 throws for 314 passing yards, while also running for a score. Brissett showed off his arm strength on one play, throwing across his body to hit T.Y. Hilton for a 63 yard gain. T.Y. had another big game catching 7 passes for 177 yards. Donte Moncrief came through with several clutch receptions on the final drive in overtime. However, other than these two, the Colts wide receivers were very quiet. It seems the Colts might want to draft a wide receiver next year. Kamar Aiken is just nowhere to be found after being picked up by the Colts. He only has 6 receptions on 17 targets, and he needs to give the other guys help. Chester Rogers should be coming back soon though from his injury.
The Colts future star in Marlon Mack shined bright today. Mack flashed his speed by outrunning many 49ers defenders. Mack carried the ball 9 times for 91 yards, and 1 touchdown. Mack had a 10.1 yard average on his carries. Now as the season progresses, look to see Mack getting more of a workload. The Colts rushed the ball 35 times for 159 yards for a 4.5 per yard average. Having Ryan Kelly back certainly helped stabilize the running game.
The Colts run defense showed up yet again. They stuffed the 49ers offense holding them to only 66 yards on 22 carries. But it is a different story for the Colts secondary, as they got lit up like a Christmas tree from the Christmas Story. Brian Hoyer passed for 353 yards and 2 touchdowns. He just picked the defense apart with short passes, and the Colts defense looked lost most of the time. Jabaal Sheard showed up with 1.5 sacks today, along with Jeremiah George who recorded 0.5 a sack. The Colts need to continue to work on, developing better blitzes, and disguising them as well.
Adam Vinatieri, the G.O.A.T. (as he is called by many), came through in a big way today. He was 4/4 on field goals, making the game winning kick, the 27th of his career. Vinatieri connected on field goals from 52, 23, 38, and 51 yards. Rigoberto Sanchez had another solid day punting, and kicking the ball off. Sanchez punted the ball 4 times for 191 yards, the longest being 56 yards. All four of his punts were downed inside the 20 yard line. Sanchez is quickly becoming a key player on this team.