Colts Escape With Win To Cap Off Peyton Manning's Special Weekend
INDIANAPOLIS -- On the second day of a weekend to honor former quarterback Peyton Manning, the Indianapolis Colts were able to escape in overtime with a 26-23 win over the San Francisco 49ers.
Veteran kicker Adam Vinatieri hit three field goals, one of them from 50-yards out for the win.
The winning field goal was set up by 35-yard run by rookie running back Marlon Mack, who also scored a touchdown on nine carries for 91 yards. His fellow running back Frank Gore added 48 yards on thirteen carries, moving him into 7th all-time in NFL career rushing yards.
Wide receiver T.Y. Hilton had seven receptions for 177 yards as well.
It was a game of field goals early on with Vinatieri and 49ers kicker Robbie Gould each converting two field goals to make it a 6-6 tie at halftime, during which the Colts retired Peyton Manning's #18 and inducteed him into the Ring of Honor.
The second half saw more fruit endevours for the Colts. Quarterback Jacoby Brissett and the offense were able to finally put to together two scoring drive, both of which were capped off by rushing touchdowns by Marlon Mack.
The 49ers hung tough, hitting a field goal in between those two TD drives and then scoring 14 unanswered points to tie the game at 23-23 and forcing overtime.
The Colts started the extra period with the ball and drove to the 49ers' 5-yard-line, but Brissett was intercpeted in the end-zone. Thankfully the Colts defense was able to hold firm allowing the Colts one more chance at the win. Marlon Mack, had a career day already broke free on a play which saw him turn the corner for 35-yards, ultimately setting up a 50-yard field goal for Vinatieri securing the win.
The Colts are now 2-3 as they get ready for their first division opponent in the Tennesse Titans next Sunday.
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