Vikings-Colts Game Report

Vikings-Colts Game Report





Indianapolis 23, Minnesota 20


Minnesota methodically moved on its possession to the Indianapolis seven.  On fourth-and-four, Christian Ponder threw and after the ball was tipped by the Colts' Cory Redding and batted into the air by Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph, wide receiver Stephen Burton hauled in the pass to cut the Colts' lead to 20-13 with 5:07 to go.

A penalty hindered the possession and McAfee punted with 10:20 left in the game.  Minnesota took possession after the 55-yard punt at its 46-yard line.

Indianapolis was unable to move and punted with 13:47 left in the period.  Minnesota started from its 22-yard line.  The Colts forced a punt and took over at their 19 with 12:40 to go.


Indianapolis was unable to move from its two, and McAfee boomed a 64-yard punt.  Minnesota was detected blocking in the back, and the Vikings started at their 32-yard line.

Minnesota moved the ball to its 43 before having to punt.  A 55-yard punt with no return put Indianapolis at its two-yard line to start its second possession of the period.

After benefiting from a roughing the punter penalty on the first possession of the quarter, Indianapolis got another 15-yard penalty when Luck was hit out of bounds on third down.  The Colts used the drive to move inside the Minnesota 20, until a sack moved Indianapolis back to the 28.  Vinatieri ended the drive with a 45-yard field goal for a 20-6 Colts lead with 7:06 left in the quarter.  The drive was 14 plays for 53 yards.

Center Samson Satele suffered a knee injury in the first half and was questionable to return.


Indianapolis took possession with two timeouts and 1:11 to go at its 36 after a three-and-out by the defense.  Luck made the drive count by hitting Reggie Wayne on a 30-yard touchdown pass with seven seconds left for a 17-6 lead.  The throw came on third down with the club having used its time outs.

Indianapolis used the takeaway near midfield to move to the Minnesota eight, and Adam Vinatieri hit a 26-yard field goal to make the score 10-6 with 1:49 left in the half.  Indianapolis could not convert a third-and-one inside the Minnesota 10.

Indianapolis produced consecutive sacks on Minnesota's third possession, the second one resulting in a forced and recovered fumble by the Colts at the Vikings' 48-yard line.  Linebackers Kavell Conner and Jerrell Freeman had the sacks, and defensive end Cory Redding recovered the fumble caused by Freeman's sack.  It was Freeman's second forced turnover of the season.

Indianapolis could not move on its second drive, and Pat McAfee punted 57 yards.

Walsh converted a 29-yard field goal on Minnesota's second possession, cutting the score to 7-6.  It was a 46-yard drive for the Vikings.

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The Colts moved 80 yards in 12 plays to take the first offensive-generated lead of the season.  Andrew Luck hit rookie tight end Dwayne Allen on a three-yard scoring toss for a 7-3 lead.  Luck teamed three times with Donnie Avery on the drive (11, 13 and 41 yards).  Luck rushed twice himself, gaining two first downs.

Minnesota used its first possession to move 44 yards on 12 plays to score on a 51-yard field goal by rookie Blair Walsh.  Minnesota completed three third-down passes on the drive prior to the kick.  Robert Mathis had a sack on the drive to extend his streak to five straight games with a sack.

Minnesota won the toss and elected to receive.



QB-Chandler Harnish

WR-Austin Collie

RB-Delone Carter

LB-Pat Angerer

OT-Winston Justice

OG-Joe Reitz

LB-Dwight Freeney


Jerrell Freeman starts at WLB for Pat Angerer

Seth Olsen starts at LG for Joe Reitz

Donnie Avery starts at WR for Austin Collie

Jerry Hughes starts at RUSH for Dwight Freeney

Jeff Linkenbach at OT for Winston Justice


Linebacker Robert Mathis had his 20th multiple-sack game last week at Chicago, and he enters today with sacks in four straight games.

The Colts and Minnesota met in week two of the 2008 season.  The Colts rallied from a 15-0 third-quarter deficit to win, 18-15. 

Minnesota visited Lucas Oil Stadium during the 2009 preseason, but this is its first regular season appearance in the venue.  The Colts are 2-0 all-time vs. Minnesota in Indianapolis, winning in 2000 and 2004.

Minnesota Head Coach Leslie Frazier was a defensive assistant with the Colts from 2005-06, then moved to the Vikings under Brad Childress, a former Colts assistant.  Two other Minnesota assistants, Diron Reynolds and Alan Williams, were with the Colts previously.  Reynolds, Williams and Frazier served with Colts under Tony Dungy and Williams served also under Jim Caldwell.

Prior to meeting Frazier today, the last time the Colts faced an opposing head coach (non-interim) who previously coached the team was Ted Marchibroda in 1998.  Marchibroda was the Baltimore head coach.  The Colts also faced him in 1996, along with battling Vince Tobin that year with Arizona.  The only other times it has happened in the Colts' Indianapolis era was when the team faced Don Shula with Miami.  Raymond Berry was a former Colts player who the team faced when Berry was the head coach with New England.

Reggie Wayne has receptions in 97 straight games.  He leads active NFL receivers with 146 consecutive starts and 167 games played.  Wayne's streak is second-longest in Colts history to Peyton Manning (208), and he joins only four other Colts with more than 100 consecutive starts (115, C-Ken Mendenhall; 104, DE-Fred Cook; 102, DB-Jason Belser; 101, OT-Tarik Glenn).

Wayne (871, 11,843) is 15th in NFL career receptions, and needs 12 to catch Keenan McCardell for 14th.  He is 21st in NFL reception yards, and needs 61 yards to catch Michael Irvin for 20th.  The Colts are 27-12 when he tops 100 reception yards, 18-11 when he has at least eight receptions, 51-13 when he scores a touchdown.

Last week, Antoine Bethea became the 7th Colts player to top 700 career tackles.

Kicker Adam Vinatieri has scored in the last 131 consecutive games.

The Colts-Vikings series dates back to Minnesota's expansion season in 1961.  The teams played twice that year, and Minnesota won one of the games.  The Colts did not lose to an expansion team again after that until falling to Carolina in 1995 in a game played at Clemson University.

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