The Indianapolis Colts defeated the Denver Broncos 12-9 in overtime Thursday night to open week five of the tournament NFL Season.
The Colts improve to 2-2-1 in the season with the away win while the Broncos drop to 2-3.
Indy had to run back Jonathan Taylor, who was out with an ankle injury, while Denver starback Javonte Williams was absent for the year after tearing a cruciate ligament in Week 4.
Here are the top plays from Thursday’s matchup.
Indianapolis Colts 12, Denver Broncos 9
Disaster struck the Colts early when Nyheim Hines, who was expected to be heavily involved on Thursday as Taylor was out, injured himself on the first drive of the game.
He was taken straight to the dressing room to be checked for a head injury. He has since been ruled out for the remainder of the game due to NFL concussion protocol.
Denver moved the tracks on his first drive, which included an impressive 18-yard pickup from Russell Wilson. But the Broncos stayed in the red zone and settled for a field goal to take an early 3-0 lead.
Colts running back Deon Jackson was able to provide a small spark for Indy early in the first quarter.
Broncos get it back
It was more trouble for the Colts when Matt Ryan threw a pick into the red zone midway through the second quarter. Denver safety Caden Sterns came on the interception and returned it 23 yards to give the ball straight back to the Broncos after they went 6-0 up with their second field goal of the game.
He goes down
The Broncos’ defense was a force to be reckoned with as Ryan was fired four times in the first half, two of them on the Colts’ final drive in the second quarter.
Indianapolis managed to avoid a shutout by scoring a field goal on the board before halftime, however, to keep things close.
Denver finally had monster play in the third quarter when Wilson Courtland found Sutton down the middle on a 51-yard shot.
The big win helped put the Broncos downfield, but things remained a tie after the Colts blocked Denver’s subsequent field goal attempt.
The Broncos made up for the missed opportunity when Sterns came up with his second interception of the night, picking up Ryan just outside of Denver’s red zone.
The turnover gave the Broncos a great field position, which they converted to three points on the ensuing drive. It was a three point game, 9-6 going into the fourth quarter.
return the favor
There was another turnover early in the fourth quarter, this time with the Colts’ defense against Wilson.
Wilson briefly visited the medical tent for a possible head injury before rejoining the game on the Broncos’ ensuing drive.
Wilson was picked up again as the two-minute warning neared.
It just went into overtime.
The Colts were the first to strike in overtime, nailing a 48-yarder to give a 12-9 lead.
what could have been
The Broncos got a tremendous boost from Jerry Jeudy on the ensuing possession, but they failed to capitalize on the big win. Stephon Gilmore deflected Wilson’s fourth-down pass in the end zone to seal the Colts’ 12-9 win.
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