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Colts, who lost three games in a row coming into the battle with the Broncos, just wanted the win with a win at all costs attitude. And they did. The Colts now are 3-5, compared to the Broncos’ 7-1.
The Colts just dominated the first half, scoring at will against the confused Bronco defense.
On their second possession of the game Andrew Luck, the Colts quarterback, connected with running back Frank Gore, with a good PAT to make the score 7-0. Kicker Adam Vinatieri booted a 43 yard field goal to make the score 10-0. Then they piled it on the Broncos with a Manning interception by Mike Adams (who was injured on the play) and punched it through with a Jack Doyle touchdown to make the score17-0 at the end of the half —- Almost.
When the Colts punted back to the Broncos with 10 seconds to go, Bronco return man Omar Bolden cut loose and blazed 83 yards to make the score at the half 17-7.
The Colts opened the second half with a visit to punt out city and the Broncos opened the half with a third and long Peyton Manning 60-yard touchdown pass to Emmanuel Sanders to make the score 17-14.
Colts went back to punt out city and Denver moved the ball from their 10 yard line back into the Red Zone and couldn’t punch it through for the touchdown and settled for a Brandon McManus 29 yard field goal to make the score 17-17.
Energized, the Colts at the end of the third quarter drove back to the Bronco 13 yard line and Luck got the ball to running back Ahmad Bradshaw for the touchdown to make the score 24-17.
The Broncos drove back from the 20 yard line with a combination of passes to Owen Daniels, Virgil Green and Demaryius Thomas, and Owen Daniels took it over to tie the game at 24-24-near the start of the fourth quarter.
The Colts struggled to the Denver 37 yard line, and Adam Vinatieri hit a 55-yard field goal and won the game.
After the Denver defense let Manning get hit and throw an interception, that was all she wrote. The Colts hung onto the ball as the game time ran out.
Denver Bronco Aqib Talib won a penalty for unnecessary roughness (supposedly he belted a Colt player). Talib got mouthy with an official, and the Broncos ended up with two penalties. So the Colts were able to keep the ball. A Colts field goal got wiped out, but they beat the Broncos 27-24.
Update: The NFL announced Monday it suspended Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib one game for his eye poke of Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne Allen. He is being suspended without pay. Talib will not play in the game Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. He will not be allowed to participate in or be present at any team activity, and he cannot be at the stadium, the game or any team facility until next Monday, Nov. 16. Talib is appealing the ruling. The appeal is likely to be considered Tuesday.
Derrick Brooks, the NFL appeals officer Tuesday upheld the suspension. Brooks and Talib were teammates with Tampa Bay in 2008. It was the final season of Brooks’ Hall of Fame career and Talib’s rookie year.
To view the full NFL statement on Talib’s suspension, click NFL Statement on Aqib Talib.
Also Monday it was announced that former Bronco wide receiver Wes Welker, 34, has signed a one-year contract with the St. Louis Rams. Welker was with the Broncos in 2013 and 2014. He signed with the Sam Diego Chargers in 2004, then spent 2004-2006 with the Miami Dolphins and 2007-2012 with the New England Patriots.
In his post-game press conference, Broncos Coach Gary Kubiak, noted that while the team “hung in there” we did some “not very smart things” at the close of the game. “We weren’t able to close the deal,” he said. “They finished it; we didn’t”
In 2014 The Broncos defeated the Colts 31-24 Sept. 7 but lost 13-24 to the Colts in the playoffs.
The Broncos are now 7-1 and they go home to face the Kansas City Chiefs in Denver. The Broncos beat the Chiefs 31-24 Sept. 17.
The Chiefs, now 3-5, just came back from London where they beat the Detroit Lions 45-10. They beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 23-13 Oct. 25. The Chiefs had a bye this week.
The Chiefs however do not have a great record against the Broncos. Since 2010, he Broncos have won nine out of 11 times.
Let’s see if the Broncos can find their “Groove” again.