Colts Escape With Win To Cap Off Peyton Manning’s Special Weekend

Rookie running back Marlon Mack scored his first touchdown of his career to put the Colts up 16-6 in the third quarter.


The Manning-led Colts set a high bar. With the pressure on in those situations, Brian Hoyer is the last guy you want on the field.

Oh, yes, the game: Peyton got his statue Saturday afternoon. That they managed to win a game among those contests was somewhat miraculous. There has to be some form of motivation to get them going and this just might do the trick. All four of his punts were downed inside the 20 yard line.

San Francisco (0-5) is one of three teams that still has not won this season.

But the offensive woes that have kept the 49ers winless through five games are still there; at times, they were so glaring that even coach Kyle Shanahan couldn’t sugarcoat them following a 26-23 overtime loss. “I see encouraging signs, and I think that’s the biggest thing for me is that you see good stretches of football”.

49ers threat: Here’s where paying too much attention to the stats will get you in trouble. The 49ers will try to end their four-game losing streak when they face the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday (10 a.m. PT/1p.m. ET, FOX, DirecTV).

Last Sunday Night, Brissett went into the locker room at halftime after completing 14 of 20 pass attempts for 142-yards and touchdown to Donte Moncrief.

Receiver T.Y. Hilton had 3 receptions for 49 yards, but also dropped a deep ball near the sideline in the second quarter. Marlon Mack, had a career day already broke free on a play which saw him turn the corner for 35-yards, ultimately setting up a 50-yard field goal for Vinatieri securing the win. His backup, EJ Manuel, completed 13 of 26 passes for 159 yards and one touchdown.

The bumps along the way, the ugliness at times and the losses have been there for the Colts this season. These are minuscule factors in a game that we all miss, but ripple out to feed the team’s overall success. At the end, Vinatieri showed why he is a sure first (ballot Hall of Famer).

“There are a lot of moving parts right now that we are working through”, offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski said. We had chances to close it out. But they just lost what should have been one of the most winnable games on their schedule. San Francisco linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong leads the team in tackles and will need to attack the line of scrimmage to keep the Colts’ rushing attack from getting started.

San Francisco running back Carlos Hyde has battled through a hip injury to have a solid year with 321 yards and two touchdowns on 65 carries.

The struggling 49ers, who have now lost their opening five matches of the National Football League season, had battled back to force overtime thanks to touchdowns from running back Kyle Juszczyk and tight end George Kittle. “Our job once we got the ball back was to get him in range”.

Vinatieri made four field goals to move into second on the NFL’s career list, one ahead of Gary Anderson (538). But coach Adam Gase stuck with Cutler, who capped a 58-yard drive with a 6-yard touchdown pass to Jarvis Landry for the tiebreaking score. This might be a lost year for the Colts, as starting quarterback Andrew Luck has yet to play.

San Francisco is firmly in rebuild mode and, at 0-4, is pretty much out of contention in the NFC West.


Quarterback Dak Prescott led the Cowboys (2-3) on a 17-play, 79-yard drive that included Ezekiel Elliot fourth-and-1 run.

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