That’s a win, folks. Put it on the board.
The Indianapolis Colts battled through a monsoon in San Francisco to defeat the 49ers 30-18 on Sunday Night Football. They made it look extremely hard at times with mistakes, turnovers and penalties, but their resiliency reigned supreme.
The defense forced timely turnovers and applied pressure when needed most. The offense controlled the clock and made plays on the ground and in the air, with the dagger coming late in the fourth when Carson Wentz hit Michael Pittman for a 28-yard touchdown on third and 10.
The aggressiveness here by all parties was picture perfect. The play call. The throw. The catch. Pittman went up to get this one, kept his balance, and crossed the goal line to put the game out of reach for San Fran.
The Colts defeated the 49ers thanks to Michael Pittman’s late touchdown catch.
And to think the Colts got screwed by a bizarre NFL rule in this one …
For a moment, it seemed as if that ball would float a bit too long in the air for the defense to make a play, but Pittman read it flawlessly to cap off a four-catch, 105-yard night to lead all receivers in the game.
That’s further proof the former second-round pick is emerging as a legitimate No. 1 wideout for Indy. He’s clearly developed a rapport with Wentz, particularly when the offense hits its stride. We saw some questionable play calls in this one, like taking the ball out of Jonathan Taylor’s hands despite his 18 carries for 107 yards and a touchdown, but that’s a conversation for another time.
With that being said, Frank Reich needs to lean on the players that make this engine go.
This one was messy and largely unpleasant until the very end. The Colts shot themselves in the foot early and failed to put the game away multiple times in the second half, but at least it gave us this highlight-reel play that SportsCenter will be playing over and over.
And it might be the official start of Pittman becoming the undisputed top option in the Colts’ passing game.