First Quarter Recap
The Colts won the toss and chose to receive.
On the first play from scrimmage Washington outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan got to Andrew Luck for the strip/sack. It marked the 9.5 sack this season for Kerrigan, a career-high for the Indiana native.
A sudden change situation for the Colts defense was handled well. The Colts forced a 25-yard field goal. Washington took the early 3-0 lead with 13:18 left in the first quarter.
Turnover problems wouldn't go away for the Colts. Andrew Luck was picked off by Washington safety Ryan Clark on the team's fourth offensive play.
The defense once again stood tall in sudden change. A Jerrell Freeman sack forced a Washington punt.
The Colts offense got it in gear on its third series. A seven-play, 83-yard drive was sparked by Boom Herron (three carries for 14 yards) and T.Y. Hilton (two catches for 23 yards). Coby Fleener finished things off with a wide open 30-yard touchdown. The Colts took their first lead of the day with 6:05 left in the first quarter.
Continuing the effort shown last week, the Colts defense forced another punt. After three series, Washington had just 30 yards of total offense on 10 plays.
An Indianapolis punt would be the result of the final drive of the opening frame.
At the end of the first quarter, the Colts led Washington 7-3.Second Quarter Recap
The defense once again did its job with another punt.
Form there, the chorus of "BOOOOOM" continued at Lucas Oil Stadium. Boom Herron ripped off a 49-yard touchdown run, the longest score for the Colts since Week 16 last season. The Colts now had a 14-3 lead with 12:27 left in the second quarter.
Another Washington drive and another Washington punt was in store next. Rookie Jonathan Newsome had a tackle for loss and a sack on the drive. Newsome now leads the Colts with 4.5 sacks on the year.
The Colts offense showed that it had put those early turnovers well behind the unit. T.Y. Hilton made two spectacular catches on this 68-yard touchdown drive. A 25-yard catch on a third-and-12 setup the Colts at the Washington two-yard line. From there, Hilton went across his body to snag a two-yard touchdown. The Colts now led 21-3 with 6:48 to play in the second quarter.
Washington put together its best offensive drive of the half following the Colts stretching the lead to three scores. With a nine-play, 84-yard drive, Washington cut the Colts lead to 21-10 with a 21-yard touchdown catch by Roy Helu.
Looking for a two-minute score heading into halftime, Boom Herron coughed up the football.
Washington took over with just over a minute to play at the Colts 48-yard line. The sudden change defense once again did its job holding Washington to zero points on the dirve.
At halftime, the Colts led Washington 21-10.Third Quarter Recap
On the first drive of the second half, Washington continued its momentum found late in the first half. Thanks to a key sideline grab from Andre Roberts on a third-down, Washington found the end zone. Quarterback Colt McCoy broke free from two would-be tacklers before finding tight end Logan Paulsen for the 16-yard score. The Colts lead was now 21-17 with 11:22 left in the third quarter.
The Colts answered in a big way. On a third-and-two, Andrew Luck got plenty of time to go through his progressions before finding a wide open Donte Moncrief for the 48-yard score. The Colts lead was now 28-17 with 10:05 left in the third quarter.
A critical fourth-and-one was what Washington would encounter on its next offensive series. After a timeout by Indianapolis, the Colts got interior pressure and a free rusher from Colt McCoy's blindside. That free rusher was Erik Walden. His crushing hit jarred the ball loose and D'QWell Jackson picked up the bouncing ball and rumbled 35 yards for a touchdown. The Colts lead was now 35-17 midway through the third quarter.
Washington would not go down quietly though. After Vontae Davis left the game with a concussion, Washington went after Josh Gordy. Washington wide receiver DeSean Jackson hauled in a 42-yard touchdown catch to cut the lead back to two scores.
In a back-and-forth third quarter, the Colts would answer. Coby Fleener hauled in about a 10-yard gain, broke a tackle and then went more than 60 yards, outrunning the Washington defense. The Colts lead was now back to 18 points with 4:45 left in third quarter.
At the end of the third quarter, the Colts led Washington 42-24.Fourth Quarter Recap
Trying to keep pace, Washington once again got deep into Indy territory. Washington faced a goal-to-to-go situation from the one-yard line but couldn't convert. On fourth-and-goal, safety Mike Adams batted down a fade pattern attempt to give the Colts offense the ball back with a three-score lead.
Backed up against its own goal line, the Colts offense couldn't muster a first down.
Washington then took advantage of its promising field position. The lead was cut back to two scores when Kai Forbath hit a 29-yard field goal. The Colts lead was 42-27 with 12:00 left in the game.
Looking to put the game out of reach, Andrew Luck once again looked for the big play. Rookie Donte Moncrief again got behind the Washington secondary and Luck found him wide open for a 79-yard touchdown. The score gave Luck a career-high five touchdown passes and pushed the lead to 49-27 lead 10:34 left.
The final score on Sunday was the Colts winning 49-27 and at 8-4 on the year keeping their two-game lead in the AFC South.Colts Inactives
Colts Pre-Game Notes
-With a win this afternoon, the Colts would head into the final quarter of the season with an 8-4 record.Weather Update
-The roof is closed this afternoon with temperautres in the 50s and some rain forecasted for later this afternoon.
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