Turnovers help Colts get past Packers in OT
Rodrigo Blankenship kicked four field goals — including a game-ending 39-yarder with 7:10 to go in overtime — as the host Indianapolis Colts rallied to defeat the Green Bay Packers 34-31 on Sunday afternoon.
Packers receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling fumbled a screen pass from Aaron Rodgers on the opening possession of OT, Green Bay’s fourth turnover of the game, to give the Colts the ball deep inside Packers territory.
Philip Rivers was 24 of 36 for 288 yards, three touchdowns and an interception for the Colts (7-3), who outscored the Packers 20-3 in the second half and overtime.
Rodgers was 27 of 38 for 311 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. Green Bay struggled to mount a consistent rushing attack against the Colts, who outgained the Packers 420-367.
Green Bay (7-3) forced overtime on Mason Crosby’s 26-yard field goal with three seconds left. Trailing 31-28 with the ball on their own 6-yard line, the Packers drove 86 yards, getting 47 on a crucial, 3rd and 10 connection between Rodgers and Valdes-Scantling.
Indianapolis scored 17 successive points to begin the second half, taking its lone lead of regulation time on Blankenship’s 43-yard field goal with 8:56 to go on the heels of a fumbled kickoff return by Green Bay. Blankenship also drilled field goals of 37 and 32 yards while missing from 50.
The Colts’ Jonathan Taylor had 22 carries for 90 yards, while Michael Pittman Jr. had three catches for 66 yards.
Davante Adams had seven receptions for 106 yards and a touchdown to lead Green Bay.
The Colts were whistled for nine offensive holding calls, including five on their final possession of regulation.
Rodgers has passed for three or more touchdowns in seven games this season, most in the NFL. He set the tone with a near spotless first half, going 13 of 16 for 160 yards, three touchdowns, one interception and a 121.9 quarterback rating.
Green Bay, which entered play with just five turnovers this season, overcame two giveaways in the first 30 minutes to take a 28-14 lead into halftime. The Packers’ defense forced two turnovers of its own, and the offense capitalized with 14 points.
Packers center Corey Linsley left the game in the first half with a back injury. Green Bay moved left guard Eigton Jenkins to center and placed rookie Jon Runyan Jr. at left guard.
–Field Level Media