Knee-jerk reactions: Colts’ late-game heroics fall short in 29-23 OT loss to Rams

Instinct reaction:
The Colts’ late-game heroics fell short, losing to the Rams in overtime 29-23

The Colts couldn’t beat the Los Angeles Rams in overtime.

Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams was close with two quarters left, as the Indianapolis Colts stormed back to a 20-0 halftime lead. The Rams won the coin toss to start overtime and drove it down the field, scoring the game-winning field goal and moving the Colts to 2-2 on the season.

COLTS DEFENSE HAD FIGHT AGAINST CRIMINAL RAMS

The entire Colts defense struggled mightily against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, giving up 467 total yards of offense to Matt Stafford and company. Indy’s defensive effort gave the Rams a 20-0 lead before halftime. On a day where Indy really struggled to generate much of a pass rush, with only two sacks by Stafford, the veteran quarterback took advantage of the time he was given, completing 27 of 40 long passes 303 yards and a touchdown with an interception. .

Stafford and receiver Puka Nacua were in sync throughout the game, as Nacua’s big season continued with nine receptions on 10 targets for 163 receiving yards and an overtime win. The rookie averaged 18.1 yards per reception and played a key role in Los Angeles’ victory. Tight end Tyler Higbee also made some key plays with five receptions for 64 yards. Indy’s secondary, one of the youngest and most inexperienced units in the NFL, certainly showed its youth on Sunday. With DeForest Buckner and Grover Stewart injured, Indianapolis’ defense hasn’t been the same as it was during the first three weeks of the season. In total, the Rams had 164 rushing yards, of which 103 came from running back Kyren Williams. Williams averaged 4.1 yards per carry to go along with his two rushing touchdowns this afternoon.

COLTS’ CRIME SHOWS SIGNS OF PROGRESS FROM RETURN EFFORTS

Indianapolis’ offense got off to a slow start and was outscored 20-0. In the first half, it seemed like the Colts couldn’t do much, and several promising offensive drives turned into three-and-outs or, in one case, a fumble by rookie quarterback Anthony Richardson . Indy’s entire offense couldn’t find any rhythm early. The second half was a completely different story, as Richardson made some impressive plays to help spark the Colts’ comeback.

Although Richardson didn’t have the most productive day through the air (11-of-25 passing), the rookie made the most of his effort and recorded 256 total offensive yards, along with two touchdowns and one touch of the ball. ground. . If you’re the Colts, you must have really liked what you saw from Richardson in key moments on Sunday. In the fourth quarter, with Indianapolis trailing by 15 points, the rookie helped the Colts come back with two big touchdowns and converted a key two-point conversion, which helped send the game to overtime. Indianapolis also rushed for 133 yards between Richardson and running backs Zack Moss and Trey Sermon. Moss totaled 70 rushing yards on 18 carries, including some big runs in key situations. Overall, while the Colts didn’t have the most productive day offensively, they managed to bounce back from a big hole and found a way to make some big noise late in the third and fourth quarters. Sunday’s performance helped showcase some of the promising offensive talent the Colts will have to work with going forward.

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