Colts sneak past Broncos 15-13 with Vinatieri field goal in final seconds

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 27: Head coach Frank Reich watches from the sidelines during the first quarter of the game against the Denver Broncos of the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 27, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — It was ugly, it was unconventional, it was a victory.

The Indianapolis Colts did just enough against the Denver Broncos to leave Lucas Oil Stadium with a win.

While the Broncos’ pass defense made life difficult for quarterback Jacoby Brissett all afternoon, a game-winning drive, sparked by a 35-yard completion to T.Y. Hilton, set up a 51-yard Adam Vinatieri field goal.

Colts fans held their breath when Vinatieri’s attempt went up, as the veteran had already missed a 45-yard field goal and an extra point try earlier in the game. Nevertheless, Vinatieri proved clutch, and sent the ball between the goalposts with 22 seconds left. Denver’s long shot try at a last-second comeback proved unsuccessful.

Marlon Mack scored the Colts’ only touchdown of the day on a 10-yard run. He finished with 90 yards from scrimmage.

The defense did their job against an uninspiring Broncos offense, holding them to just 13 points and sacking Joe Flacco three times. Justin Houstin, Ben Banogu and Darius Leonard each had one sack.

The Colts’ performance was uncharacteristically riddled with mental errors. The team committed 10 penalties, which combined for 103 yards.

Now 5-2, the Colts play the Pittsburgh Steelers next week in Pittsburgh at Heinz Field.

This story will be updated. 

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