INDIANAPOLIS –First Quarter Recap
The Colts had 10 of their normal 11 starters playing on offense against the Eagles. It was an early three-and-out for the unit though, with a coverage sack ending things on third down.
The offense would not get much rest. On a first-down play for the Eagles, Darius Butler hauled in an interception after a bobbled attempt at a catch from Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor.
It was time for the Colts to capitalize, and they did. A deep pass to Donte Moncrief for 26 yards set the Colts up with a first-and-goal. Things would stall out though inside the 10-yard line. Adam Vinatieri's 22-yard field goal gave the Colts a 3-0 lead at the 8:36 mark of the opening quarter.
Philadelphia would respond. A 54-yard field goal drive came thanks to a 38-yard catch and run from Eagles receiver Josh Huff. A 32-yard field goal from kicker Caleb Sturgis nodded the score at three with 5:51 to go in the first.
With pass protection for the Colts struggling, Indianapolis would have to punt after Andrew Luck and T.Y. Hilton connected for a first down.
The first quarter came to a close with the Eagles driving in Indy territory.
At the end of the first quarter, the scored was tied 3-3.Second Quarter Recap
The Eagles would march all the way into the end zone. An offsides penalty gave the Eagles a third-and-one from the Indianapolis 13-yard line. Josh Huff then took a jet sweep handoff 13 yards into the end zone. The Eagles now led 10-3 with 13:54 to play in the second quarter.
Andrew Luck to T.Y. Hilton was a theme of the Colts' first drive of the second quarter. Those two helped the Colts get into Eagles territory. However, the Colts were stuffed on a third-and-one and a quick snap on fourth-and-one did not catch the Eagles off guard. The Colts would turn the ball over on downs with 9:22 remaining until halftime.
Philly would then go on a nine-play, 71-yard touchdown drive. New Eagles wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham caught a fade touchdown to push the Philadelphia lead to 17-3 with 4:28 left until half.
A final first half drive from the Colts starting offense reached Eagles territory before a lack of pass protection once again halted things.
At halftime, the Eagles lead the Colts 17-3.Third Quarter Recap
The Eagles, with their starters still in the game, went 68 yards in nine plays with Sam Bradford finding tight end Trey Burton for a three-yard touchdown. The Eagles lead was 24-3 with 10:29 left in the third quarter.
Scott Tolzien took over at quarterback to start the second half. The Colts put together their best drive of the night, before the inability to finish it off struck again. Miscommunication between Tolzien and Donte Moncrief led to an easy interception for Eagles cornerback Malcolm Jenkins.
The Colts would then create some points via special teams. Inside linebacker Josh McNary blocked an Eagles attempt and running back Jordan Todman pounced on the loose ball in the end zone. The Eagles lead was now 24-10 with 1:36 to go in the third quarter.
At the end of the third quarter, the Eagles led the Colts 24-10.Fourth Quarter Recap
Answering the Colts' touchdown, the Eagles would stretch the lead to three scores. A 47-yard field goal from kicker Caleb Sturgis pushed Philly's lead to 27-10 with 13:26 remaining.
With Tolzien still at quarterback, the Colts punted on their first possession of the final quarter.
The Eagles kept the pedal to the medal with Chase Daniel at quarterback. Daniel led a quick, five-play drive and concluded it by finding David Watford for a 28-yard touchdown. Following a missed extra point, Philly's lead was 33-10 with 8:57 to go.
Stephen Morris then entered the game at quarterback and led the Colts on their first touchdown drive of the night. A quarterback sneak by Morris capped the six play, 88-yard drive, highlighted by a 49-yard toss to rookie MeKale McKay. The Eagles lead was 33-16 with 6:43 left.
The teams would trade punts on the next two drives.
Morris continued his strong preseason by leading the Colts on another touchdown drive. Trey Williams caught a nine-yard touchdown from Morris to cut the lead to 33-23 with 1:20 left.
The Eagles would then run out the rest of the clock, earning a 33-23 victory in Indianapolis.
The Colts will now turn their attention to roster cuts. After cutting their roster to 75 players by Tuesday afternoon, they will travel to Cincinnati for Thursday's preseason finale.Colts In-Game Injuries
CB-Darius Butler (ankle, OUT for the game)
OG-Jack Mewhort (knee, OUT for the game) Colts Inactives
DE-Henry Anderson (knee)
CB-Jalil Brown (foot)
CB-Antonio Cromartie (rest)
CB-Vontae Davis (ankle)
S-Clayton Geathers (foot)
OT-Joe Haeg (ankle)
DE-Kendall Langford (knee)
OLB-Robert Mathis (rest)
CB-Tevin Mitchel (hamstring)
ILB-Sio Moore (hamstring)
CB-Patrick Robinson (groin)
CB-D'Joun Smith (ankle)
OG-Hugh Thornton (ankle)
RT-Joe Reitz (back)Colts Pre-Game Notes
- Saturday night's game (7:00 p.m. kickoff) can be seen locally on CBS 4 or live streamed on Fox59.com.
- Starters are expected to play into the third quarter on Saturday night.
- A reminder that the first roster cut from 90-to-75 will come Tuesday (Aug. 30).
- Final roster cuts will occur on Saturday, Sept. 3 with rosters going from 75-to-53 players. That comes two days after the Colts' preseason finale down in Cincinnati.
-With storm chances in the Indianapolis area on Saturday, the roof is closed at Lucas Oil Stadium.