Parkey's Field Goal Sends Eagles over Colts

In their 2014 home opener, the Colts fell to visiting Philadelphia, 30-27, on Monday Night Football. The Eagles, led by quarterback Nick Foles in the team's fast-paced offense, staged a late comeback for their second victory in as many games.





INDIANAPOLIS --Chuck Pagano watched his team surrender 24 second-half points to Philadelphia. The Colts' head coach saw the Eagles score 10 in the final 3 minutes, 25 seconds.

Unacceptable. Absolutely unacceptable, Pagano said after the Colts fell by a 30-27 count Monday night at Lucas Oil Stadium.

"We didn't play a 60-minute game," Pagano said. "Turnovers killed us. Long runs. Big plays in the pass game, the screen game. It just killed us.

"You gotta finish games," Pagano added later. "You gotta put people away."

The Colts fell to 0-2 after turning in a strong first half against the Eagles that went for naught.

The Indy defense held Philadelphia's whirlwind offense in check for two quarters. The Colts offense, with Trent Richardson (79 rushing yards) and Ahmad Bradshaw (70 yards) carrying the load, ran the ball effectively much of the night.

Indianapolis held a 17-6 lead at halftime, and extended it to 20-6 with Adam Vinatieri's field goal with 6:43 remaining in the third quarter.

That's when Philadelphia quarterback Nick Foles went to work, and the Eagles began capitalizing on Indy mistakes.

A fumble by Richardson led to a Philly score that tied it at 20-all with 2:44 left in the third quarter.

The Colts went up again, 27-20, but then quarterback Andrew Luck threw an interception that led to another tying score by the Eagles with 3:25 remaining in the game.

After the Colts' offense went three-and-out, Philadelphia took over with 1:56 left. Foles completed two passes for a total of 41 yards.

It set up a 36-yard field goal try by Cody Parkey, who was with the Colts in training camp. Parkey hit it as time expired.

In the first half, Pagano said, the Colts "played the exact game we wanted to play." Indy turned in stout defense against the run, timely plays in the red zone and moved the ball for 101 first-half rushing yards.

But then things changed. And the Colts will head to Jacksonville on Sunday in need of a victory.

"We gotta get on the board," Pagano said. "We gotta win a football game. We gotta get that winning taste and get this losing taste out of our mouth right now."

Luck completed 20-of-34 passes for 172 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. He was asked if the passing game ever achieved a rhythm.

"At certain points, yes," he said. "A couple of drives, yes. I know I wasn't sharp enough for it to get into a rhythm, if that makes sense."

With the Colts' running game rolling up 169 net yards, Luck lamented the missed opportunity.

"I think we did a great job up front," he said. "Guys did a heck of a job running. It's a shame we couldn't capitalize on that and get a win."

Foles completed 21-of-37 passes for 331 yards with a touchdown and an interception as the Eagles moved their record to 2-0. Darren Sproles caught seven passes for 152 yards.


FIRST QUARTER (9:48: remaining)

The Eagles jumped on the scoreboard on their first possession as Cody Parkey hit a 31-yard field goal. However, the Colts did a strong job of preventing a touchdown after the visitors had first-and-goal at the 10-yard line. Two Philadelphia running plays went for minus-4 yards before quarterback Nick Foles threw an incompletion. Foles completed 5-of-7 passes for 68 yards on the drive. Eagles 3, Colts 0.

FIRST QUARTER (5:18 remaining)

The Colts came right back, using an impressive running game to key a 72-yard touchdown drive. The big play was a 29-yard gain by Ahmad Bradshaw, who hit the line at left tackle and bounced outside  left end. Trent Richardson added a 15-yard run. The TD came on a 1-yard pass from Andrew Luck to Bradshaw. Adam Vinatieri added the extra point.Colts 7, Eagles 3.

SECOND QUARTER (13:18 remaining)

The Colts extended their lead on a 46-yard field goal by Vinatieri. A pair of neutral-zone infractions by Philadelphia helped to keep Indy's march going, both leading to first downs. Once again, the Colts relied heavily on the running game, with the big play coming on a 10-yard gain by Richardson.Colts 10, Eagles 3.

SECOND QUARTER (6:36 remaining)

Philadelphia's Foles passed to Jeremy Maclin for 15 yards and then LeSean McCoy ran for 12 yards. That got the drive off to a nice start for the Eagles. But for the second time in the first half, the Colts' defense rose up for a goal-line stand after Philly achieved a first-and-goal situation. Three Philly   plays from the 6-yard line netted just one yard. Parkey came in to kick his second field goal, this one from 23 yards.Colts 10, Eagles 6.

SECOND QUARTER (1:13 remaining)

The Colts continued to mix runs and passes adeptly, and it resulted in a 10-play, 58-yard touchdown drive. Richardson recorded a 15-yard rushing gain. Luck completed a 19-yard pass to Reggie Wayne and later a 9-yarder to Bradshaw. On second down from the Philadelphia 2-yard line, Luck connected with Indianapolis native Jack Doyle for the score. It was Doyle's first career TD reception. Vinatieri booted the extra point. Colts 17, Eagles 6.

THIRD QUARTER (6:43 remaining)

More stout running by the Colts. Luck scrambled 15 yards for a first down. Bradshaw ran for nine yards and moved the chains. When the drive stalled, Vinatieri came in to boot a 27-yard field goal. Colts 20, Eagles 6.

THIRD QUARTER (4:32 remaining)

A 16-yard run by McCoy set the tone for Philadelphia early in this drive. But the big play turned out to be a 35-yard pass interference penalty against the Colts' Vontae Davis, giving the Eagles a first down at the 1-yard line. McCoy ran in from there. Parkey added the extra point. Colts 20, Eagles 13.

THIRD QUARTER (2:44 remaining)

The Eagles scored their second touchdown in less than 2 minutes. It started when Indy's Richardson fumbled at the Colts' 26-yard line. DeMeco Ryans recovered for Philly. McCoy then gained 21 yards on a run. Darren Sproles busted his way to a 26-yard touchdown run, bouncing off a pair of would-be tacklers. Parkey kicked the extra point.Colts 20, Eagles 20.

FOURTH QUARTER (11:49 remaining)

The Colts went ahead again, this time with Luck's passing as the catalyst. Luck completed 7-of-9 for 73 yards on the march. He threw for the touchdown -- seven yards to Bradshaw. Vinatieri kicked the extra point. Colts 27, Eagles 20.

FOURTH QUARTER (3:25 remaining)

Philly's Malcolm Jenkins picked off a Luck pass when T.Y. Hilton, the intended receiver, went to the turf. The Eagles took over at their own 24. Foles hit Sproles with a 51-yard screen pass that took the visitors to the Colts' 6. Foles connected with Maclin for the touchdown from there. Parkey tied the score with his extra point. Colts 27, Eagles 27.

FOURTH QUARTER (00:00 remaining)

Parkey won the game with a 36-yard field goal. The kick was set up by Foles' passes for 24 yards to Zach Ertz and 17 yards to Sproles. Eagles 30, Colts 27.

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