Colts Offensive Player of the Game: Week 5 vs 49ers
The Colts’ game against the San Francisco 49ers provided several choices for this week’s Offensive Player of the Game. T.Y. Hilton pulled in seven catches for 177 yards, and Marlon Mack had a breakout performance to the tune of 9 carries for 91 yards and a touchdown. However, Jacoby Brissett continues to step up big in place of the injured Andrew Luck, and he is the Offensive Player of the Game for Week 5.
Brissett finished 22-34 for 314 yards with one rushing touchdown and an interception in Sunday’s 26-23 overtime win against the San Francisco 49ers.
Brissett completed 64.7% of his passes with an average of 9.24 yards per attempt and 14.27 yards per completion. To put those numbers in perspective, Andrew Luck’s career average is 7.2 yards per attempt and 12.1 yards per completion.
The second-year quarterback made a huge throw to Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton in the third quarter when he found the Pro Bowl wide receiver cutting across the field on a deep post route that resulted in a 63-yard gain. The Colts would later score a touchdown on that drive when Brissett followed his lead blocker Robert Turbin to pay dirt from three yards out on a quarterback draw.
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Midway through overtime, Brissett hooked up with Hilton again for a big gain. This time he hit Hilton streaking down the sideline for a 46-yard gain, setting up the Colts at the ‘Niners 8-yard line. Brissett’s only mistake of the game came on the very next play, and it was a costly interception in the red zone.
Luckily for Brissett, the Colts’ defense bailed him out and got the ball back for Indianapolis. Several plays later, Adam Vinatieri kicked the game-winning field goal.
While Brissett is essentially a placeholder until Luck returns from injury, it is great to see the potential and growth he has shown early in 2017.