The Colts struggled for most of the day against New York. But when it mattered most, they were able to pull it out 28-27.
It didn’t look good early. Two three-and-outs were the results of the first two offensive drives for the Colts. They allowed the Giants to score a touchdown on their opening drive. They found themselves down 14-0 early, and looking sluggish.
But then things turned around. T.Y. Hilton had a fantastic catch deep down the field. That play seemed to springboard the offense from their drudgery. The Colts then went and were able to get themselves together on both sides of the ball and win the game.
The defense did not have their best game by any stretch. They allowed Eli Manning to look like his brother Peyton. Manning carved up the Colts for most of the game. It looked like that was going to continue all the way through the fourth quarter.
But then the defense stepped up and made adjustments when they needed to. The Giants did not score a touchdown in the fourth quarter. They gave the Colts a chance to win at the end with a couple of great stops in a row. Then it was all Andrew Luck after that.
Luck led the Colts 52 yards down the field for a touchdown. He had some good plays, including running for a first down. He threw the game winning touchdown pass to Chester Rogers from a yard out. Rogers had an excellent game, recording 7 catches on the day.
Winning this game kept the Colts’ season alive. They still have a chance to get into the playoffs. They will be big Saints fans this afternoon, needing the Steelers to lose. But this was a gritty win by a good football team.