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Saints-Colts Final Score: Saints Escape Indy with a 27-21 Win

The Saints escaped Indianapolis with a 27-21 win over the Colts after a dominating first half and a lackluster second half. They improve to 3-4 on the season.

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1st Quarter

  • Saints receive to start the game.
  • The offense goes three and out after an illegal shift penalty and a sack on Brees.
  • 3rd and 1 for the defense - Cam Jordan gets the sack! Colts punt away.
  • 3rd and 6 - C.J. Spiller screen pass picks up the first down.
  • 3rd and 3 - C.J. Spiller screen pass picks up the first down.
  • Saints eventually forced to punt.
  • Saints defense force the 3 and out.
  • Marques Colston makes a catch over the middle but doesn't maintain possession going to the ground so it's ruled incomplete. Payton challenges and loses.
  • Brandon Coleman makes a beautiful over the shoulder catch along the sideline for a first down.
  • Another screen pass to C.J. Spiller picks up 17 yards.
  • 3rd and 9 - Ben Watson makes a catch short of the first down along the sideline but he does not maintain control of the ball as he falls out of bounds. Payton challenges again and loses again. Apparently Payton doesn't know the rules.
  • Saints go to kick the field goal but it's a fake. McCown completes to Ben Watson for the first down on the 1-yard line!
  • Khiry Robinson punches it into the end zone for the touchdown!
  • Saints take the early lead 7-0.
  • Stephone Anthony makes his first interception of his NFL career! Saints take over on the colts 23-yard line.
  • Drew Brees scrambles and then throws an interception but a holding call on the Colts nullifies the play and gives them a fresh set of downs.

2nd Quarter

  • Khiry Robinson takes a toss and punches it into the end zone again!
  • Saints take a 14-0 lead.
  • The Colts take the ensuing kickoff out of the end zone and Kikaha forces a fumble! Kyle Wilson recovers! Saints take over in Indianapolis territory.
  • Pass to a wide open Hoomanawanui for the touchdown!!!
  • New kicker Kai Forbath actually misses the extra point.
  • Saints now take a commanding 20-0 lead.
  • The defense forces another Colts punt.
  • Andrew Luck is 0/5 on pass attempts so far. Rob Ryan deserves a raise. Or at least to be given a little more respect.
  • Luck completes his first three passes but the Colts are still forced to punt again.
  • Mark Ingram takes the pitch and he's off the the races! 44 yard run that was nearly a touchdown.
  • Touchdown pass to Josh Hill gets called back for offensive pass interference.
  • Brees then throws an errant pass to the back of the end zone that gets picked off. Heartbreaking. Saints could have really put this game away.
  • Not sure why the Saints didn't just call three straight runs when they were inside the 5-yard line.
  • Cam Jordan gets another sack on Luck. Great play. He's been dominant the last two games.
  • Saints go three and out.
  • Colts start driving down field right before the half. Kyle Wilson make the interception right in front of the end zone!

3rd Quarter

  • Colts start the half with the ball but go three and out.
  • Ben Watson makes a big 25-yard catch to put the Saints in the red zone.
  • Mark Ingram punches it in the end zone for another Saints touchdowns.
  • Saints now take a more commanding 27-0 lead.
  • Saints get two sacks on Andrew Luck and force another Colts punt. Who is this defense?
  • Saints offense go three and out.
  • The Colts finally get on the board with an 87-yard touchdown pass to T.Y. Hilton. Delvin Breaux slipped in coverage. Jairus Byrd is just chasing Hilton around looking silly.
  • Saints still lead 27-7.
  • Mark Ingram takes the hand off but fumbles and it's recovered by the Colts. The call is eventually reversed the Saints maintain possession.
  • Bobby Richardson gets called for a late-hit penalty and Payton is seen yelling at him on the sideline.
  • Luck hits a wide open T.Y. Hilton for a 46-yard touchdown strike
  • Saints now only lead 27-14.

4th Quarter

  • Saints go three and out
  • Brandon Browner makes a great pass breakup. Colts go three and out.
  • 3rd and 3 - Drew Brees gets sacked. Saints go three and out.
  • Saints defense forces another 3 and out.
  • 3rd and 8 - Deep in their own territory, Brees hits Cooks on a beautiful over-the-shoulder pass for a whopping 47 yards.
  • 3rd and 11 - Screen pass to C.J. Spiller gets snuffed out. Saints punt away.
  • Colts go three and out.

  • Saints go three and out.
  • The Colts drive 80 yards down the field and cap it off with a touchdown pass to Donte Moncrief.
  • The Colts have now scored 21 unanswered points. Saints only winning 27-21.
  • Colts try the onside kick but the Saints recover.
  • 3rd and 4 - Crucial play for the Saints to keep the clock running. Brees completed to Colston on the old back shoulder pass. That should wrap it up.  The Saints take three straight knees to end the game.

Team Stats

First Downs 22 15
Total Yards 449 376
Passing Yards 266 301
Rushing Yards 183 75
Penalties (Yds) 12(100) 7(42)
Turnovers 1 3
Punts (AVG) 10(43) 10(45)
Time of Pos. 37:44 21:37

Top Performers

D. Brees 28/44 255 1 1
M. Ingram 14 143 1 44
K. Robinson 14 28 2 6T
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
C. Spiller 6 32 0 17
B. Cooks 6 81 0 47
M. Hoomanawanui 5 31 1 16T
A. Luck 23/44 333 3 2
F. Gore 9 43 0 14
A. Luck 3 27 0 16
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
D. Moncrief 4 34 1 12
C. Fleener 3 47 0 27
T. Hilton 4 150 2 87T