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Adam Vinatieri's 51-Yarder Defeats 49ers In Overtime, 26-23

Intro: The Indianapolis Colts take on the San Francisco 49ers today in their 2017 regular season Week 5 matchup in Indy. Check back here for updates from the game.


INDIANAPOLIS —The Indianapolis Colts are back at home for a special day at Lucas Oil Stadium.

The Colts (1-3) play host to the San Francisco 49ers (0-4) on a day in which legendary quarterback Peyton Manning will have his No. 18 retired, as well as be inducted into the Colts' Ring of Honor, during a halftime ceremony.

Here are some major plays as they happened each quarter in the game itself:

The Colts have a promising opening drive, but see it stall at the San Francisco 34-yard line. Kicker Adam Vinatieri bails them out, however, nailing a 52-yard field goal to give Indianapolis an early 3-0 lead. Quarterback Jacoby Brissett completed 4-of-5 passes on that opening drive for 30 yards, and Frank Gore had three runs for 13 yards, aided by a nine-yard run by rookie running back Marlon Mack. On another note, Gore has passed former Colts great Eric Dickerson for seventh place on the NFL all-time rushing list.2:37:

The 49ers have an even better opening possession on offense, but get the same result. Their quarterback, Brian Hoyer, completed 7-of-8 passes for 73 yards on the opening drive, finding former Colts receiver Pierre Garcon five times alone for 51 yards, but the Indy defense stiffens at its own 10-yard line. Robbie Gould connects from 28 yards out on the field goal, tying the game at three. It was a 12-play, 65-yard opening drive for the 49ers.0:00:

At the end of the first quarter, the Colts and 49ers are tied at 3.

After an uneventful quarter from both sides, the Colts get within the 49ers' 5-yard line on their final drive of the period. But the 49ers don't allow them to get any closer, and Vinatieri comes on and connects on his second field goal of the day, this time from 23 yards out, to give Indianapolis a 6-3 lead. It was an 11-play, 72-yard drive that took 3:57 off the clock.

0:02:The 49ers quickly respond with less than a minute remaining, getting to the Colts' 25 yards line in just five plays. With seven seconds left, San Francisco sends Gould out to attempt a 43-yard field goal to tie the game at 6; he missed it off the post, but timeout was called by head coach Chuck Pagano prior to that first attempt. Gould connected the second time, however.

0:00:At halftime, the Colts and 49ers are tied at 6.

The Colts go 10 plays on their opening drive of the second half, but net just 30 yards. Fortunately, they were on the receiving end of a dreadful 49ers punt to the 50-yard line, so those 30 yards were meaningful. Vinatieri came on and nailed his third field goal of the day, this time from 38 yards out, to put Indianapolis back on top, 9-6.3:17:

We have a touchdown in Indianapolis. The Colts took advantage of a 26-yard gain on a screen play to Gore, and then Mack tip-toed his way to the right sideline, where he was able to turn on the burners and get to the end zone to complete the rookie's 22-yard touchdown run. It was a quick four-play, 60-yard scoring drive for Indianapolis, which now leads by 10, 16-6.0:00:

At the end of the third quarter, the Colts lead the 49ers, 16-6.

Mack is showing the signs of spectacular tackle breaking and playmaking that made him a fourth-round pick by the Colts in this year's NFL Draft. On 3rd and 15 from the San Francisco 17-yard line, Mack took the handoff and found his way to the right edge, where he was bottled up by a couple 49ers defenders — or so we thought. He somehow slipped by, however, and stumbled the rest of the way and nearly scored, though a replay showed his knee was down just before the goal line. A couple plays later, Brissett, on the quarterback draw, found his way in the end zone for his third rushing touchdown of the season, and the Colts extended their lead to 23-9.

8:04: The 49ers respond immediately, as Hoyer finds fullback Kyle Juszczyk on the shovel pass for a six-yard touchdown, representing the first time San Francisco had found the end zone in 23 drives. It was a lightning-fast five-play, 79-yard drive that took just 1:56, and was highlighted by a 51-yard pass from Hoyer to wide receiver Marquise Goodwin to the Indianapolis 8-yard line.0:20:

On 4th and Goal from the Indianapolis 5-yard line, San Francisco ties this thing up at 23 with a five-yard touchdown pass from Hoyer to tight end George Kittle. It was a 14-play, 89-yard drive that took 5:09 off the clock. Closing games, once again, becomes an issue for the Colts.

0:00:The Colts and 49ers head to overtime tied at 23. It's the second overtime game of the season for both teams (both are 0-1 in those games).

1:43: After an interception in the end zone ended the Colts' initial drive in overtime, the team would be aided by a huge holding call on the 49ers on their ensuing drive. After the punt, Indianapolis moved the ball to the San Francisco 33, giving Vinatieri all the room he needed to connect on a 51-yard game-winning field goal. Colts win, 26-23, in overtime to move to 2-3 on the year.

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