CLEVELAND, Ohio. — Colts quarterback Philip Rivers threw two interceptions and gave up a safety in the Colts 32-23 loss to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.
One of Rivers’ interceptions was returned for a touchdown, which set the tone for the Browns offense. Rivers gave up a safety by committing an intentional grounding penalty on a passing play out of the endzone.
“Philip obviously had the one pick-six, but Philip did a ton of good stuff in my opinion,” said head coach Frank Reich. “Obviously, we would like to have that one back. I thought he did a lot of good things. We will see the film. You lose a game like this, and we all share in it.”
“I wish I would have stepped up and bought a little more time, but when you are in your own end zone, you aren’t as comfortable doing that,” Rivers said of the safety. “Obviously, a tough play all the way around.”
Reich was asked if there was any concern about Rivers’ and his handling of the football for the Colts.
“No. Philip is playing really good football. That is the least of my worries,” he said. “I know we would want the interception back, but the safety, as I said, is on me. You take that away and you get that one mistake, in my mind, that was the big factor. That mistake was not the big factor, the safety, but the one big mistake with Philip was the interception. That is it.”
Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield torched the Colts’ defense in the first half throwing for over 200 yards and two touchdowns. One of those touchdowns was thrown to running back Kareen Hunt who finished the day with three receptions for 21 yards along with 20 carries on the ground for 72 yards.
The defense ended the day having given up 124 yards on the ground to the Browns. However, they did manage to pick Mayfield off twice with Anthony Walker and Bobby Okereke each getting their first interceptions of the season.
Jonathan Taylor carried the ball only twelve times for 57 yards and the Colts’ only offensive touchdown of the day. Isaiah Rodgers added a 101-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the third quarter.
Rodrigo Blankenship handled the rest of the scoring for the Indianapolis nailing all three of his field-goal attempts. He’s now 12-14 this season on field-goals.
The loss snaps a three-game winning streak for the Colts. They return to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis next Sunday where they will host the Cincinnati Bengals.