Eagles beat the Colts 30-27 on a late field goal
INDIANAPOLIS – The home team was in a hurry because they wanted redemption from an opening week effort they’d like the forget.
Meanwhile their opponent came into the game in a hurry because, well, they’re always in a hurry.
These were the crossing storylines in the Colts home opener on Monday night at Lucas Oil Stadium, the first early week game in Indianapolis in almost four years. Philadelphia’s quick offense came to face a Colts team off a less-than-desired but could have been worse loss to the Broncos.
Both teams did all they could do over an entertaining 60 minutes of football but in the end it was the Eagles that pulled out a 30-27 victory.
Cody Parkey’s 36-yard field goal with no time remaining was the game winner for the Eagles who improve to 2-0 on the season. The Colts meanwhile fall to 0-2 for the first time since 2011.
The Eagles ran 11 plays in just over three minutes on their first drive, going 69 yards to set up a Parkey 31-yard field goal that gave them the lead. But the Colts wasted no time responding themselves going down the field 71 yards in 8 plays to get to the Eagles’ one-yard line on fourth down.
In redemption for a botched fourth-and-goal situation against Denver, Andrew Luck executed a perfect play action and found a wide open Ahmad Bradshaw for the score to give the Colts the 7-3 lead.
The Eagles drove down the field again on the second drive as a Darren Sproles broke a screen pass 57 yards into Colts territory. But the defense stiffened and forced a 38-yard field goal try by Parkey that was wide left. Luck and the Colts took advantage as they drove down into Eagles territory and extended their lead on a 46-yard field goal by Adam Vinatieri.
Philadelphia was able to churn up more yardage against the Colts defense on a quick-paced drive later in the second quarter, but the Colts defense toughened up to force a second Parkey field goal that cut the Colts lead to 10-6. Luck responded with a 10-play, 58 yard drive of his own which he completed with a two-yard touchdown pass to Jack Doyle.
Early in the second half the Colts opened up their lead on a 62-yard drive that ended with another Vinatieri field goal to push the lead to 13 points. But the Eagles made their move late in the third quarter as they finally cracked the end zone when LeShon McCoy complete a drive with a one-yard touchdown push to cut the lead to 7.
A Trent Richardson fumble on the ensuing Colts series allowed Philadelphia to tie the game on a Sproles’ 19-yard touchdown run.
The fourth quarter once again saw the teams trade touchdown drives with the Colts leading it off with a 12-play, 80 yard march that ended with another Luck-to-Bradshaw touchdown pass that put the Colts up 27-20. In their typically quick fashion, the Eagles got it back on a five-play drive that was sparked by a 51-yard completion from Foles to Sproles.
The Eagles quarterback completed the drive soon after with a six-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Maclin to tie the game again.
After a three-and-out by the Colts, the Eagles made their final scoring push. Foles found Zach Ertz for the first major gain of the drive as the reception picked up 24 yards to the Indianapolis 36-yard line. Foles connected with Sproles for a gain of 17 yards on the next play which set up Parkey for the game-winning attempt.
He initially connected on his first 36-yard field goal try but the Colts called timeout before the ball was snapped, nullifying the attempt. But Parkey remained true on his next kick, putting it through the uprights and sealing a second-straight Colts defeat.