Colts Lead Cincinnati Bengals, 14-3, at Halftime at Lucas Oil Stadium
INDIANAPOLIS – They entered the game looking to improve their offensive efficiency, and to extend their winning streak to six games.
Through halftime, the Colts had accomplished the first.
The second was still 30 minutes away.
The Colts, who have won their last five games to move to the front of the AFC Wild Card chase, scored on two of five first-half possessions – and drove to the Cincinnati Bengals 1-yard line on the other – also taking advantage of a takeaway to take a 14-3 lead at halftime at Lucas Oil Stadium.
After leading 7-0 entering the second quarter, the Colts drove to the Cincinnati 11, losing possession when tight end Dallas Clark fumble at the 1. The ball rolled into the end zone where Bengals linebacker Richard Jeanty recovered.
The Bengals then drove for a 19-yard field goal by kicker Shayne Graham, but late in the half, a Cincinnati turnover led to a momentum-changing Colts score.
With just over a minute remaining before halftime, cornerback Kelvin Hayden intercepted Bengals quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and returned it to the Bengals 15. An unsanlike conduct penalty moved the ball to the Bengals 7.
Two plays later, Colts quarterback Peyton Manning's 5-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Marvin Harrison gave the Colts a 14-3 halftime lead.