Eagles Comeback To Defeat Colts, 30-27

Intro: The Colts could not hold on to a 14-point second-half lead and fell 30-27 to the Eagles on Monday Night Football.

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INDIANAPOLIS--

First Quarter Recap

The Eagles won the toss and deferred to the second half.

It was not the start the Colts were hoping for as the offense went three-and-out.

A 60-yard punt from Pat McAfee helped flip field position though. The Eagles speedy attack would move quickly though. An 11-play drive, in 3:45, covered 69 yards with Cody Parkey connecting on a 31-yard field goal to finish off the drive. Behind a couple of penetration pushes from Colts defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois, the Colts defense forced a field goal attempt.

The Colts answered with an impressive nine-play, 72-yard drive capped off by Ahmad Bradshaw catching a one-yard touchdown on fourth-and-goal. It was Bradshaw who sparked the drive with a 29-yard scamper on a third-and-one. Dwayne Allen threw a terrific block on the Colts longest rush of the season. With 5:18 to go in the first quarter, the Colts led the Eagles 7-3.

Behind its typical rapid pace, the Eagles went to work. Darren Sproles turned in a short reception into a 57-yard gain, setting the Eagles up with a golden opportunity to retake the lead. However, the Colts defense once again stood tall. Parkey, the former Colts kicker, couldn't convert from 38 yards out giving the Colts a big defensive win.

At the end of the first quarter, the Colts led 7-3.Second Quarter Recap

In the opening frame, the Colts had 69 rushing yards, which was their largest first quarter rushing total since 2007. The ground game continued to be kind to the offense and it paid off in another scoring drive. Adam Vinatieri connected on a 46-yard field to give the Colts a 10-3 lead with 13:18 to go in the second quarter.

The Eagles and Colts would both trade punts on their next two possessions with only one first down gained by either team.

After a 57-yard punt from McAfee, helped the Colts reverse field position again. Philadelphia would move the ball quickly though reaching the Colts red zone. A goal-to-go situation from the six-yard line would not find the end zone though. Thanks to some impressive Colts rush defense and a terrific and an open field tackle by Darius Butler, the unit forced another field goal. This time Cody Parkey connected on a 23-yard field goal to cut the Colts lead to 10-6 with 6:36 to go in the second quarter.

The Colts offense got back on track with Reggie Wayne catching a 19-yard pass on a third-and-10. That conversion ignited another Colts scoring drive. It was capped off by Indianapolis native Jack Doyle catching a two-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Luck. With 1:13 to go in the first half, the Colts led the Eagles 17-6.

Any final scoring drive for the Eagles was eliminated by Greg Toler making a terrific interception of Nick Foles.

At halftime, the Colts led the Eagles 17-6.Third Quarter Recap

Knowing the Eagles put up 34 second-half points in their opener, the first drive of the third quarter was critical for the Colts. The defense continued their first half momentum by forcing a three-and-out.

However, the Colts could not capitalize and had a three-and-out of their own.

The stops were being strung together by the Colts defense. The Eagles offense once again went three-and-out.

It was more ground-and-pound for the Colts offense. Behind the legs of Trent Richardson, Ahmad Bradshaw and even Andrew Luck, the Colts put together a 10-play, 62-yard drive that ended with a 27-yard field goal from Adam Vinatieri. With 6:43 left in the third quarter, the Colts led 20-6.

Philadelphia would answer with a seven-play, 80-yard drive in just 2:11. A 35-yard pass interference penalty on Vontae Davis set the Eagles up inside the Colts five-yard line. From there, running back LeSean McCoy dove in from a yard out to cut the Colts lead to 20-13 with 4:32 left in the third quarter.

The momentum stayed with the Eagles as a Trent Richardson fumble was recovered by Eagles defensive end Fletcher Cox.

The Eagles would not waste a short field. On a third-and-15, LeSean McCoy took a draw for 21 yards. Then on a second-and-goal from the 19-yard line, Darren Sproles made several tremendous cuts in his 19-yard touchdown run. The score tied the game at 20 with just over two minutes to go in the third quarter.

At the end of the third quarter, the Colts and Eagles were tied at 20.Fourth Quarter Recap

The Colts offense needed an answer an Andrew Luck put together his best drive of the night. Behind Luck's seven-of-nine for 73 yards, the Colts took the lead again. It was Luck to Ahmad Bradshaw from seven yards out to give Indianapolis a 27-20 lead with 11:49 to go in the third quarter.

The high-tempo attack of the Eagles was slowed to a halt once again by the Colts defense. On a third-and-one, Eagles running back LeSean McCoy was stuffed behind the line of scrimmage forcing another Eagles punt.

On a third-and-nine from the Eagles 22-yard line, Andrew Luck was picked off by Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins. This gave the Eagles the ball, down seven, with just more than five minutes remaining.

The Eagles would once again show off their up-tempo nature. Darren Sproles took a screen pass 51 yards to set up the Eagles with a first-and-goal from the six-yard line. On the next play, Nick Foles found Jeremy Maclin for a six-yard touchdown. The score tied the game at 27 with 3:25 remaining.

It would be a three-and-out from the Colts offense, giving the Eagles the ball back with 1:56 to go and the score tied at 27.

After a 24-yard completion to tight end Zach Ertz, the Eagles were in field goal range. Kicker Cody Parkey would redeem himself from an earlier miss with a 36-yard game winning field goal to give the Eagles a 30-27 victory.
In-Game Injury Updates

Arthur Jones (high right ankle sprain, carted off)Colts Inactives

16-Da'Rick Rogers

26-Dion Lewis

50-Jerrell Freeman

53-Chris Carter

62-Khaled Holmes

72-Jonotthan Harrison

76-Joe Reitz

Colts Pre-Game Notes

-For just the second time since the 2006 season, the Colts are hosting Monday Night Football. Weather Update

-With showers in the area, the roof is closed tonight at Lucas Oil Stadium. Temperatures are in the 60s for kickoff.*

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