2. Colts had untimely mistakes
Even with the slow offensive performance, it still seemed like the defense was going to pull the game out for Indianapolis. However, too many untimely mistakes made that task impossible for Indy. There were two key moments that had they gone a different way, the Colts would be celebrating a victory right now instead of sulking in defeat.
The first moment came with 40 seconds remaining in the third quarter. Indianapolis was leading 13-3 and had the opportunity to tack on three more points to this late-game lead. However, Chase McLaughlin missed a 50-yard field goal wide right. As evidenced by the final score of 17-16, an additional three points would’ve been huge for the Colts.
This is tough for Indianapolis and McLaughlin because he has been pretty solid since coming on this year for Indy. Even on Sunday, Chase made his lone extra point and was three-of-four on field goals, including a 51-yard kick. However, it’s the missed 50-yard field goal that everyone will remember.
He wasn’t the only player to make a costly mistake. A drive after the missed field goal, Jonathan Taylor converted a 3rd-and-1 and as he was driving his legs to gain more yards, he fumbled the ball and gave it to Philadelphia. The turnover didn’t lead to points for the Eagles because Indy’s defense took the ball right back three players later. However, the fumble did prevent the Colts from adding more points and draining more time off the clock in the fourth quarter.