INDIANAPOLIS –First Quarter Recap
The Colts won the toss and elected to receive.
It would be a string of three-and-outs by both teams on their respective opening drives. Each quarterback threw it three times on the drives for negative one yard.
Indianapolis would penetrate Bengals territory on its next offensive drive with Dwayne Allen continuing to be targeted heavily. The drive stalled just outside of field goal range so a Pat McAfee punt pinned the Bengals at their own 12-yard line with 9:48 left in the first quarter.
The third-down prowess for the Colts defense would continue. Jerrell Freeman knocked down a third-down attempt from Andy Dalton forcing a punt. In the last four weeks, the Colts have allowed just 3-of-30 third-down conversions.
Yardage wise, it was another productive drive from the Colts offense but a red zone turnover would prove to be fatal. An Ahmad Bradshaw fumble would give the Bengals the ball at the Indianapolis 11-yard line.
A sudden change situation didn't faze the Colts defense. It was another three-and-out forced by the Colts, their third straight of the game.
This time the Colts would not pass up a red zone chance without some points. Adam Vinatieri connected on a 23-yard field goal, his 19th consecutive make.
The final drive of the quarter would end with the Indianapolis defense once again forcing a three-and-out.
At the end of the first quarter, the Colts led 3-0.Second Quarter Recap
Thanks to another stout drive from the Colts defense, the offense would thank them for their effort.
T.Y. Hilton's 46-yard reception set the Colts up deep in Bengals territory. Ahmad Bradshaw would punch it in from one yard out to give the Colts a 10-0 lead early in the second quarter.
This isn't a recording but another three-and-out from the Indianapolis defense. After five Bengals drives, Cincinnati had yet to record a first down and had just 15 yards in 19 plays.
A 10-0 lead looked like it was about to grow when the Colts offense once again hit Bengals territory. However, a missed exchange between Andrew Luck and Trent Richardson gave Cincinnati the ball right back.
No worries though for the Colts defense as another three-and-out was dialed up by the home team. That pushed the Colts streak to 3-of-34 third-down conversions allowed over the last four weeks.
The teams would trade punts on their next four drives, pushing the Colts defensive streak to eight straight three-and-outs.
The half would end with the Bengals offense accounting for just 27 yards on 28 plays.
At halftime, the Colts led 10-0.
Third Quarter Recap
In what was becoming an afternoon where the Colts defense was putting up historic marks, the unit continued the second half how it ended the first.
Another three-and-out forced by the Indianapolis defense started things off in the third quarter.
It was time for the Colts offense to repay the defense and that they did. Dwayne Allen made a splendid over the shoulder snag for a 32-yard touchdown to give the Colts a 17-0 lead early in the third quarter.
Cincinnati would go up-tempo on its next drive and two early first downs wouldn't last. The third-down conversion streak would stretch to 0-for-10.
Field position was flipped though and the Colts couldn't muster a first down backed up against their own goal line.
With 6:38 left in the third quarter, the Bengals would start on their own 47-yard line, their best field position to start the day.
The nice field position would not matter though as the Colts forced an 11th straight punt, with yet another three-and-out.
The Colts would begin to grind out the clock heading into the fourth quarter with a drive into Bengals territory.
At the end of the third quarter, the Colts led the Bengals 17-0.Fourth Quarter Recap
It was a 13-play, 85-yard drive from the Colts that was capped by guess who out of the backfield? Ahmad Bradshaw scored on a 10-yard reception for his sixth receiving touchdown of the season. The Colts now led 24-0 with 12:09 left in the fourth quarter.
Cincinnati's best drive of the day ended with no points as the Bengals fourth-and-goal drive from the five-yard line went begging.
From there it was time for the Colts to milk the clock. Adam Vinatieri would add a field goal from 50 yards to close out the scoring.
Sunday's final score gave the Colts a 27-0 victory over the Bengals.Colts Inactives
Colts Pre-Game Notes
-With a victory, the Colts would extend their current winning streak to five games, the longest the team has had since the 2009 season.Weather Update
-With a chilly but sunny day in the state capitol, the roof is open this afternoon.
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