Colts Struggle In Season Opening Loss

Intro: The Colts 2015 campaign did not get off to an ideal start with a 27-14 loss against the Bills. Here were live in-game updates from the Colts loss in Buffalo.



First Quarter Recap

The Colts won the toss and chose to receive.

A promising Colts drive ended thanks to back-to-back penalties. After penetrating Bills territory, the Colts stalled after a holding penalty (Khaled Holmes) and a false start infraction (Lance Louis). The Colts settled for a punt on their opening series.

The Bills got things started with a 20-yard reception to LeSean McCoy. However, the Colts defense would hold after that and force a punt. With 8:03 left in the first quarter, the Colts would start their second series from their own nine-yard line.

Backed up on their own goal line, the Colts would get one first down before another punt.

A second Bills drive would end with a punt after a 15-yard chop block penalty put the Buffalo offense well behind the chains.

The Colts third drive of the first quarter began form their own eight-yard line. A couple of catches from T.Y. Hilton helped the Colts change field position. However, Bills cornerback Ronald Darby picked off a deep ball from Luck. The pass was intended for Hilton.

A 15-yard penalty from the Bills following the interception would place them at their own 32-yard line to start their next drive. On the final play of the first quarter, Tyrod Taylor found Percy Harvin for a 51-yard touchdown.

At the end of the first quarter, the Bills led the Colts 7-0.Second Quarter Recap

Starting yet another drive inside their own 10-yard line, the Colts couldn't muster much. A Pat McAfee punt would place the Bills at their own 34-yard line with 11:11 left in the second quarter.

Buffalo took advantage of more promising field position to stretch their lead. A 41-yard field goal from kicker Dan Carpenter gave the Bills a 10-0 cushion.

The Colts would put together their best drive of the day following the Bills field goal. The series would end without points though, as Adam Vinatieri missed wide left from 52 yards out.

With 2:42 left until halftime, the Bills took over at their own 42-yard line. A 31-yard scramble on a third-down from Tyrod Taylor allowed the Bills to get on the board once more before half. Karlos Williams scored on a 26-yard touchdown run to give the Bills a 17-0 lead.

At halftime, the Bills led the Colts 17-0.Third Quarter Recap

The Bills started the third quarter right where they left off. A one-yard leap by running back Boobie Dixon capped off a 11-play, 80-yard touchdown drive. The Bills now led 24-0.

The Colts first drive of the second half would chew up nearly nine minutes, but did end with a touchdown. An 18-play, 65-yard drive was capped by Donte Moncrief catching a two-yard touchdown on a fourth-down. The two-point conversion to Coby Fleener cut the Bills lead to 24-8 with 54 seconds left in the third quarter.

At the end of the third quarter, the Bills led the Colts 24-8.Fourth Quarter Recap

Indianapolis' defense would follow up the score with a three-and-out, giving a slimmer of hope.

The Colts offense couldn't take advantage of the slight momentum though. Also, T.Y. Hilton walked to the locker room for X-rays on his knee.

The Bills took over at their own 29-yard line with just more than 11 minutes remaining. The Colts defense forced yet another three-and-out. However, the offense wouldn't even get to touch the ball. Phillip Dorsett muffed the punt and the Bills recovered at the Indianapolis 26-yard line.

Bills kicker Dan Carpenter would knock home a 45-yard field goal to push the lead to three scores. With 8:14 left in the fourth quarter, the Bills now led the Colts 27-8.

Down three scores, the Colts did move the ball behind rookies Phillip Dorsett and Tyler Varga. The drive was finished off by a six-yard touchdown toss to Dwayne Allen. A failed two-point conversion brought the Bills lead to 27-14 with 5:56 to go in the contest.

Buffalo would punt after an initial third-down, giving the Colts the ball back with under three minutes remaining.

The Colts last-ditch comeback bid would end with an Andrew Luck interception on a fourth-down.

The final score on Sunday was 27-14 in the Bills favor.In-Game Injury Updates

RB-Frank Gore (calf cramps, returned to action)

WR-T.Y. Hilton (X-ray on his left knee, return is questionable)

Colts Inactives

26-Vick Ballard

28-Greg Toler

30-D'Joun Smith

69-Hugh Thornton

71-Denzelle Good

98-Robert Mathis

99-Billy Winn

Colts Pre-Game Notes

-The Colts are looking for their first win in a road opener since the 2006 season.Weather Update

-After a rainy Saturday, a 30 percent chance of rain is in the forecast for Sunday. Temperatures are expected to be in the upper 50s for Sunday afternoon.

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