ATLANTA – Back from a bye week, the 2015 Colts kept the drama high in a comeback victory over the Atlanta Falcons.
With the 24-21 win, the Colts kept their lead in the AFC South thanks to a head-to-head tiebreaker over the Houston Texans.
The Colts (5-5) will conclude the month of November next with a Week 12 contest against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-5).
Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.
CARDIAC COLTS – Down two touchdowns late in the third quarter, things didn’t look too good for the Colts. Yet, behind key plays from all three units, the Colts orchestrated a comeback victory in their first game back from the bye week. The road victory was the third of the season for the Colts—something that will be needed if this team is going to make a run in January.
VINNY DOES IT AGAIN – In his 300th career NFL game, Adam Vinatieri knocked home his 26th career game-winning field goal. The 43-yarder from Vinny split the uprights to give him his second game-winning field goal of 2015. As Chuck Pagano said after giving Vinny a game ball: “We will have bingo night on Thursday.”
D’QWELL’S GAME-CHANGING PLAY– Set up by a punt downed at the Falcons one-yard line, the Colts defense came up with the play of the day. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan never saw Colts inside linebacker D’Qwell Jackson over the middle of the field and the six-yard interception return by No. 52 tied the score at 21.
40-YEAR OLD QB CAN STILL PLAY – Just three quarterbacks in NFL history have won three straight starts (Warren Moon, Brett Favre and now Hasselbeck). Outside of a couple of clear, miscommunication interceptions, Hasselbeck keyed a two long Colts touchdown drives at the end of the second and third quarters along with the plays leading into Vinatieri’s game-winner.
CROWDED AFC SOUTH – With Sunday’s win, the Colts evened their record at 5-5. That ties them with Houston, who beat the Jets on Sunday to stay at 5-5 on the season. With Jacksonville at 4-6, the Colts win on Sunday carried some hefty AFC South implications with six games remaining.
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