PAINTER THROWS FIRST CAREER TOUCHDOWN: In the Colts record book, the passing records might as well be renamed the ‘
Backed up to his two-yard line, Painter quickly brought the Colts out of the shadow of their own goal line.
Painter found Garcon down the right sideline on the third play of the drive and the fourth-year pro did the rest out-running the Buccaneers defense for his first of two touchdowns on the evening.
Another quick drive aided the Colts in the third quarter as Garcon took a short pass from Painter and utilized some great downfield blocking for a 59-yard touchdown giving the Colts a 17-10 lead with 7:10 left in the period.
Garcon’s two catches for 146 yards led the Colts and also was a new career-high for receiving yards. It was the second time Garcon had two scoring receptions in a regular season outing. The first came at Tennessee in 2010.
Despite having 12 fewer completions than Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman, Painter’s 281 yards passing were only six fewer than Freeman’s. Painter had a 99.4 rating on the evening.
The injury situation continued at Tampa Bay as four players left Monday’s contest due to injuries.
The offensive and defensive line each saw a pair of players go down forcing the Colts to play every lineman that made the trip to Tampa Bay.
Rookie offensive tackle
The offensive line was already without right guard
Ijalana blocked Painter’s blind side for the next three quarters before an injury sent him to the locker room for the rest of the evening.
The only backup offensive lineman left for the Colts was offensive guard
The most difficult injury for the Colts came when defensive tackle
Battling injuries all night, Nevis eventually was sidelined for the rest of the night in the second half. The Nevis injury forced defensive ends
DEFENSE STARTS HOT: Riding momentum from a stout performance against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Colts defense started with a pair of three-and-outs Monday night.
After Painter fumbled after being hit on a blitz on the Colts’ 32-yard line, the defense held its ground and forced Tampa Bay to try a 46-yard field goal. The effort hit off the right upright and Indianapolis kept its 3-0 lead.
With the Colts leading 10-7 and only 1:52 remaining in the first half, the Buccaneers took the field looking for a late score.
The Buccaneers drove to the Colts’ 11-yard line with 20 seconds remaining, however defensive end
Chaos ensued with the Buccaneers trying to rush their field goal unit onto the field, but they were flagged for too many men on the field thus ending the half with the Colts still leading 10-7.
The injuries to the defensive line allowed for 2010 first-round draft pick
Hughes had his first career NFL sack when he brought Freeman down for a five-yard loss with 3:52 left in the third quarter.
NOTES: Wide receiver