Down 21-0 in the first half, Philip Rivers rallied the Indianapolis Colts to beat the Cincinnati Bengals 31-27 to match the greatest regular-season comeback in franchise history.
Colts Sputter In First Quarter
The Colts offense faltered right out of the gates. Jack Doyle fumbled a Rivers pass and the Bengals were able to recover and score a touchdown on the following drive.
Two ensuing Colts punts that both resulted in touchdown drives by Cincinnati, made it 21-0 before the blink of an eye.
Cue the Comeback!
Indianapolis got its first score of the game on a 1-yard pitch to Trey Burton, after Rivers made an epic pass to Marcus Johnson to move the sticks 55 yards on one play. The Bengals countered with a field goal to make it 24-7, but the Colts scored on consecutive Bengals punts to make it 24-21 at the end of the first half.
Colts Take the Lead In 3rd Quarter
When Cincinnati capped a 13 play drive with a field goal, the Colts immediately responded with a touchdown to take the lead 28-27. With Marlon Mack still out, Jonathon Taylor showed why he could fill the void until season’s end. The rookie running back had 40 yards along the ground in that series alone.
In the fourth, Rivers propensity to throw picks reared its ugly head again. He was picked off by the Bengals Jessie Bates III while his team had a lead. The Bengals did not convert off the turnover and then the Colts converted their own field goal, but it is still concerning that Rivers is giving away the ball with the lead.
The Colts now have a bye for Week Seven and get back at it in Week 8 on the road against the Detroit Lions.
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