The Indianapolis Colts will make the short trek down Interstate 74 to Cincinnati to face the Bengals for its 2016 preseason fi nale. The contest will mark the 25th all-time preseason meeting between the teams and the 14th consecutive season the teams have squared off in the final preseason game. Cincinnati leads the overall preseason series, 16-8. Last year, the Colts fell to the Bengals, 9-6.
Last week, the Colts hosted the Philadelphia Eagles and lost, 33-23.
The starting offensive and defensive units saw their most action of the preseason and played most of the fi rst half.
The Colts and Eagles traded field goals in the fi rst quarter before Philadelphia scored three consecutive touchdowns in the second and third quarters to take a 24-3 lead.
Late in the third quarter, Colts inside linebacker Josh McNary blocked an Eagles punt deep in Philadelphia territory. The ball was recovered in the end zone by Indianapolis running back Jordan Todman to cut the deficit to 24-10.
After Philadelphia increased their lead to 33-10 in the fourth quarter, Indianapolis quarterback Stephen Morris (7-of-11 passing for 144 yards and one touchdown) was able to manufacture two long touchdown drives to help chip away at the score.
Morris led the Colts on a fi ve play, 88-yard drive that resulted in a one-yard touchdown run for the quarterback. Later in the fourth quarter, Morris conducted a six play, 80-yard drive that resulted in a nine-yard touchdown pass to running back Trey Williams. Adam Vinatieri connected on the ensuing extra point to give the Colts their fi nal points of the game.