Colts vs. Broncos final score, results: Indy wins FG-fest in OT after brutal red-zone failures by Denver – Sporting News

  • October 27, 2022

The Colts netted what might be the ugliest win of the 2022 NFL season to date, beating the Broncos 12-9 in overtime as Denver put on another clinic of what not to do on offense.
Myriad mistakes led to the loss for the Broncos (2-3). The biggest: passing the ball on third down in the red zone while leading late in the fourth quarter and getting intercepted; and going for it on fourth down while trailing in overtime after the offense was anemic all game.
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Quarterbacks Russell Wilson and Matt Ryan combined for four interceptions and no touchdowns. Wilson went 21 of 39 for 274 yards while Ryan finished 26 of 41 for 251 yards.
This game had seven field goals, a blocked field goal attempts, 12 punts and a combined 0 for 6 on touchdowns in the red zone.
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In fact, the story of the night was the Broncos’ red-zone ineptitude. Wilson was 1 of 6 for 5 yards with an interception and a sack inside the Indy 20. Coach Nathan’s Hackett confidence in his offense cost him and the team dearly.
The Colts, for their part, did enough to win and get back to .500 (2-2-1). Wide receiver Alec Pierce had a huge game (eight receptions, 81 yards) and cornerback Stephon Gilmore made two huge clutch plays: the end-zone interception of Wilson that kept the Colts alive and the game-winning pass breakup in the end zone on fourth down in OT.
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The Sporting News provided live scoring updates and highlights for this “Thursday  Night Football” stalemate.
(All times Eastern)
11:45 p.m. — On fourth-and-1 the Broncos finally snap it, and Gilmore breaks up the pass to give the Colts a win coming out of Denver. Colts 12, Broncos 9 final score.
11:43 p.m. — Coming out of the timeout the Broncos line up like they’re going for it, but burn a timeout. So we’ll do it again.
11:42 p.m. — Gordon got stacked up on third-and-2 there and the offense stayed out on fourth-and-1. Colts take a timeout and ask Hackett if he really wants to do this. We’ll see if they kick or keep the offense on the field.
11:41 p.m. — Broncos stay on the ground for a few carries and they’ll have third-and-2 here as Gordon gets upended. Huge play here, biggest of the game.
11:40 p.m. — Wilson hits Jeudy wide open on the sideline and we’re going to see the Broncos red zone offense once again.
11:39 p.m. — Wilson hits Gordon on a screen for a gain of 23 for the Broncos. So they’re off to a good start as they set out for the win in OT.
11:37 p.m. — Colts go for about eight an McLaughlin hits the seventh field goal of this game. Colts 12, Broncos 9.
11:34 p.m. — Colts are driving again here in OT. After some nice runs they throw an iso screen to Parris Campbell who picks up nice yardage for Indianapolis. They have first-and-10 from the Broncos 37.
11:30 p.m. — Colts win the toss and they’ll get the ball. Broncos kicked it through the end zone.
11:28 p.m. — And we’re officially heading to OT.
11:27 p.m. — McLaughlin hits a field goal to make it 9-9 with five seconds left. It looks like overtime is in the cards in Denver.
11:25 p.m. — After a delay of game, Ryan throws a ball out the back of the end zone with eight seconds left. Colts will kick for the tie.
11:22 p.m. — Deon Jackson breaks off a big run for the Colts, and they’re now firmly in field goal range! There’s a bit of chaos for the Colts as they try to get up to the line. Third-and-1 with 13 seconds upcoming. Colts have no timeouts.
11:21 p.m. — With 47 seconds left, there’s some chatter amongst the officials after an offside on the Broncos. They seem to be reviewing a spot but both teams are huddled up.
11:17 p.m. — It’s all breaks for the Colts since the pick. First it was a miraculous completion to Pierce on a ball that was technically stripped on the throw, then it was a strip sack he recovered, now it’s a duck to a wide open Pierce Pierce managed to catch. The Colts are driving, albeit tepidly.
11:14 p.m. — For whatever reason, the Broncos passed the ball on third down when they could have run the ball and taken the field goal. Wilson tries to test Gilmore in man-to-man coverage and it gets picked off, and the Colts have it from their own 20. Brutal sequence of events.
11:10 p.m. — On third down the Broncos come up short and they line up on fourth-and-2 to go for it, completing a pass for a first down with three minutes left. Nice call there from the Denver coaching staff to take more time off the clock.
11:07 p.m. — Play was stopped as Bolles went down with an injury and was carted off after that last run. That’s a big loss for a Broncos offense that really can’t afford to take many more.
11:03 p.m. — The Broncos running backs are looking to break this game open, as Gordon and Boone have back-to-back-to-back nice carries to get into Colts territory. Broncos are now leaning heavily on the run.
11:01 p.m. — Melvin Gordon picks up 17 on that run with a really nice jump cut. Good carry there for No. 25.
10:59 p.m. — After a lot of shuffling around, the Colts are going to have to punt again. There was a neutral zone infraction and an ineligible receiver that series, but it ends up the same. Broncos will start from their own 14-yard line.
10:52 p.m. — The Broncos go three-and-out again as they end up fourth-and-2. The offense is bad. The Colts will start from their own 28-yard line.
10:47 p.m. — Ryan takes yet another sack and the Colts have to punt again, and it goes into the ned zone. It’s Broncos ball again and Wilson is returning to the game.
10:43 p.m. — Deon Jackson immediately gives the Colts a first down and gets pushed into Denver territory. Phillip Lindsay also gives a nice first down run that gets called back due to a hold.
10:40 p.m. — Wilson gets hit under pressure and just heaves one up that gets picked off. Thomas brings it up to his own 39-yard line, and the Broncos sputter out yet again.
10:33 p.m. — A beautifully executed screen pass to Mike Boone ends the third quarter with boos turned to chants of “Boone.” Denver makes one of the biggest plays of the night and will open the fourth quarter deep in Colts territory. Broncos 9, Colts 6
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10:30 p.m. — The Colts are forced to punt once again after another three-and-out. Broncos get it back in short order.
10:26 p.m. — Broncos convert the field goal off the turnover. Broncos 9, Colts 6.
10:25 p.m. — Wilson made his best throw of the night to Beck but Kenny Moore makes an incredible play to force the ball out to force third-and-10. Wilson overthrows Jeudy to force another Broncos field goal attempt after the pick.
10:23 p.m. — Ryan throws another interception, this time in his own territory as the Colts offensive woes continue. Broncos get it at the Indianapolis 27-yard line.
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10:18 p.m. — After setting up an easy field goal, it gets blocked by the Colts! They’ll have the ball after a touchback, and the woes continue. It remains 6-6.
10:15 p.m. — The Broncos FINALLY make a play, as Courtland Sutton makes a nice grab downfield and takes out a DB, his own teammate, and an official in the process on a deep pass from Wilson. Denver now has it first-and-goal after the Colts tied the game up.
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10:09 p.m. — On third down Ryan heaves a throw off his back foot for an incompletion out of bounds, setting up fourth-and-11. The Colts tie it up with a 51-yard field goal off a bad snap, and we’re tied up in the third quarter. Broncos 6, Colts 6
10:06 p.m. — Ryan somehow sheds a sack there and finds Pierce over the middle for a first down on third down. That could have been a disaster, but as is it was a really nice play for the veteran.
10:01 p.m. — After an incompletion on a back shoulder throw to Eric Tomlinson in the seam, Wilson gets stripped but is able to recover to set up third-and-17. The Broncos are unable to convert, and they will punt after their first series as the boos in Denver continue.
10 p.m. — Colts kick it through the end zone to start the second half. Broncos will start from their own 25.
9:50 p.m. — Here we are again with this Broncos offense. Wilson is 9 of 17 for 69 yards after the first half, and yet his struggles pale in comparison to the Colts, who seem incapable of moving the ball. The Broncos are on top of Ryan every time he drops back and he doesn’t have the mobility to make it any better. Both defenses are playing well and both offenses are playing poorly. Hence, 6-3 Broncos.
9:44 p.m. — Broncos court disaster with a fumble on the kick return but they get it back and kneel out the clock. Broncos 6, Colts 3 at the half.
9:40 p.m. — The Colts do convert a 52-yard field goal after a gain of nine on third down. Broncos 6, Colts 3 with 12 seconds to go in the half.
9:39 p.m. — And another sack makes it third-and-38 so the Colts are now just looking to get back into field goal range. Tough to watch.
9:38 p.m. — And that is followed by a painful-looking sack on which Ryan fumbled and it was picked up by the Colts anyways. Brutal play there, and it’ll be second-and-28 for the Colts. They couldn’t afford that at all.
9:35 p.m. — Ryan just made his best play of the game, as he climbed the pocket and made a nice throw and third down to get a first down for the Colts. They’re knocking on the door again, but the field is shrinking quickly.
9:33 p.m. — Colts overcome a false start with a cross to Pittman who gets to the Broncos 44. After an incompletion to Pierce the clock stops, and the Colts have all three timeouts.
9:30 p.m. — We hit the two-minute warning with a five-yard gain to Lindsay, so it’ll be second-and-5 for the Colts from their own 40 as they look to get on the board.
9:28 p.m. — They overturn the call and it’s first down Colts with 2:29 until the half from their own 35. Successful challenge from Reich.
9:26 p.m. — Ryan just found Pierce on the outside for what looked like a first down with forward progress, but he was spotted short. Frank Reich is challenging the call.
9:24 p.m. — The Colts and Broncos are displaying similar issues to other bad offenses around the league: They’re predictable on first and second down and their running game isn’t good enough to overcome that. The Colts end up in yet another second-and-8 before Ryan sees intense pressure to set up third-and-long. Nothing is easy here.
9:20 p.m. — Wilson checked down on third down and the Broncos have to punt again. This is a very, very restless crowd in Denver, which is unsurprising given the fiasco against the 49ers a few weeks ago.
9:17 p.m. — Despite a holding call on the Broncos, they still feel like they caught a break. Melvin Gordon had the ball punched out after his knee hit the ground. That’s ominous given his previous fumbling issues this year. Second-and-16 falls incomplete after a Jeudy drop over the middle.
9:13 p.m. — So much for that business. Ryan just missed a robber and threw an interception right to Caden Sterns. It’s Broncos ball once again.
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9:10 p.m. — A big play to Alec Pierce nets a first down for the Colts, and don’t look now but they’re in some business. Indianapolis is now in Denver territory, and Lindsay breaks out a nice run for another first down.
9:09 p.m. — Ryan made a nice play after two-yard gain on first down by spinning out of traffic, but it led to yet another hold from the rookie Raimann. He’s been an issue on the outside, and it’s now second-and-18.
9:07 p.m. — Phillip Lindsay is putting the Colts in third-and-convertible situations. On third-and-3, Ryan finds Pittman for a first down after going through his progressions well. Nice play there from the Colts, but now they need to have a good first down play.
9 p.m. — A false start puts the Broncos behind again, and two throws downfield — one an overthrow into good coverage and one a miscommunication — put the Broncos in third-and-15. Wilson completes a pass but the Colts were playing sticks defense and McManus converts a 44-yard field goal. Broncos 6, Colts 0
8:58 p.m. — Broncos are moving the ball pretty well here in the second, and they’re in third-and-manageable now. After converting a first down to Courtland Sutton for the previous first, they turn to the ground game to set up first-and-10 from the Colts 29. Good drive coming together for Denver, but they’re getting into their sticking point of the field.
8:53 p.m. — Wilson takes us to the end of the first quarter with a six-yard scramble out of bounds. Broncos 3, Colts 0
8:51 p.m. — And Ryan is sacked on third-and-12. Tough display here. Fourth-and-20 and the Colts punt it to their own 33.
8:50 p.m. — After two runs from Phillip Lindsay, a third down conversion is erased by a hold from Raimann, his second of the game. The Colts just cannot figure this out.
8:47 p.m. — Despite the protestations of Jeudy, Rodney Thomas made a GREAT play on a deep ball from Wilson to force an incompletion on second-and-7. The Broncos fall short on third down and some boos start coming down again after the second three-and-out in as many drives. Broncos will punt again.
8:42 p.m. — The Colts woes continue offensively. They go three-and-out yet again after a drop by Michael Pittman Jr. on a weak pass from Ryan put them behind the sticks. Both of these offenses need to stay on schedule and just can’t seem to do it. Hard to watch early minus a few nice plays.
8:37 p.m. — The Broncos quickly stall out after the punt and go three-and-out, as Wilson gets sacked on third down after missing a throw low over the middle (there wasn’t much space to run either). The Colts will get the ball from their own 40-yard line.
8:32 p.m. — Deon Jackson is making an immediate impact for the Colts, as a nice spin move nets him a first down on his first reception. Matt Ryan still seems to be struggling to figure out his pocket in Indianapolis, however, as a sack makes it third-and-11 and stalls the drive. The Colts will punt once again from around midfield. The Broncos will start from their own 14-yard line.
8:25 p.m. — Despite a promising start, the Broncos’ woes in the red zone continue. They go backwards with two incompletions and a loss of two, and convert a field goal on fourth-and-12 from the 16. Broncos 3, Colts 0
8:23 p.m. — Wilson tucks and runs down to the Colts 13-yard line on a good read. Looked like a failed stunt from the Colts defensive line that let Wilson get into wide open space.
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8:22 p.m. — The Broncos went tempo from first to second down before Wilson finds Jerry Jeudy on third-and-2 to convert for a first down. Good throw from Wilson as Facsyon gave Jeudy a significant cushion, and the Broncos are already in Colts territory.
8:20 p.m. — Denver will start on its own 30 after the punt as Hines heads to the locker room, forgoing the tent.
8:18 p.m. — Colts immediately go three-and-out, as Nyheim Hines drops his first pass of the game and gets hit hard on third down two plays later. He struggled to get up and wobbled trying to get back to the bench. Given the Tua Tagovailoa situation, it’s hard to imagine he’ll come back in the game. Scary moment early as the Colts go to punt.
8:15 p.m. — The Broncos won the toss and deferred until the second half. They will kick off to the Colts here. And we’re underway. The Colts will start from their own 25.
8:05 p.m. — Russell Wilson and Matt Ryan are, of course, the matchup to watch numbers wise. Both quarterbacks are new additions to their respective teams, and both teams have struggled to find their footing. Perhaps one of them gets on a roll starting tonight.
8 p.m. — Welcome to Thursday Night Football! The Broncos and Colts will be squaring off in a good old showdown of the horses, but they’ll be missing their workhorse running backs with Javonte Williams out for the year and Jonathan Taylor out for Thursday’s game. Join us as we follow this Matt Ryan vs. Russell Wilson showdown live.
Colts vs. Broncos will kick off at 8:15 p.m. ET (6:15 p.m. local time) from Empower Field at Mile High in Denver.
The game will be shown nationally on Amazon Prime Video. Al Michaels (play-by-play), Kirk Herbstreit (analysis) and Kaylee Hartung (sideline reporter) will be on the call. It will be broadcast regionally in the Indianapolis (WRTF) and Denver (KMGH) markets.
Viewers in Canada can watch with DAZN, which carries every NFL game

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