Philadelphia Eagles at Indianapolis Colts 9/15/14 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: Eagles 30, Colts 27
September 15, 2014
Finishing up the Week 2 schedule on “Monday Night Football” last night was a solid-looking matchup between the Eagles and the Colts. Philadelphia found their offensive groove late in a closer-than-it-seemed win over the Jaguars, and Indianapolis was coming off a seven-point loss to the Broncos during Week 1.
Let’s take a closer look at the key players and statistics from the game so that we can figure out why things played out the way they did. Afterward, we’ll peek ahead to Week 3 to see what’s in store for both teams.
What Happened: If you went to bed early thinking the Colts had this game in the bag, you missed out on a huge second-half rally that propelled the Eagles over the top.
Things started out in Indianapolis’ favor early, as they overcame a Philly field goal with an Ahmad Bradshaw 1-yard receiving score from Andrew Luck. It was 7-3 after one.
In the second, the teams traded field goals before Indy got into the end zone again with a Jack Doyle 2-yard score from Luck. The Colts led 17-6 at halftime.
Indianapolis would extend that lead to 20-3 in the third with another field goal, but that would mark the last time they’d control the game so dominantly. Philadelphia responded with a pair of third-quarter rushing scores, one from LeSean McCoy and one from Darren Sproles to tie things up at 20 heading into the fourth.
The Colts got back on top with another Ahmad Bradshaw receiving score to make it 27-20. They were in control until late in the quarter when Jeremy Maclin caught a 6-yard pass to tie it up. A late field goal as time expired would take the game for the Eagles 30-27 in one of the most electric and compelling games of the young NFL year.
The Colts are now 0-2, while Philly improves to 2-0.
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The Stars: Darren Sproles is downright electric, and he proved that last night. He finished up with a whopping 152 receiving yards on seven grabs and added 26 more on his four rushes along with a touchdown. LeSean McCoy was also brilliant with 79 yards on 20 carries with a touchdown and 23 receiving yards.
On the other side, Ahmad Bradshaw was the standout, posting 70 yards on 13 carries and five receptions for 26 yards and two scores. Trent Richardson also had a nice game (79 rush yards; 16 receiving yards) as part of a 169-yard Indianapolis rushing attack.
The Goats: The turnovers killed it for Indianapolis. Luck threw a key interception late and the team also lost a fumble (Richardson). They were also just 4-for-12 on third downs.
Philly has some work to do as well. This is the second week in a row that their offense has failed to start quickly and left them in a hole. They also racked up 11 penalties for 90 yards overall.
Injuries: The Eagles lost a couple of guys to injury tonight. Nolan Carroll exited briefly with an injured elbow but it looks like he’ll e alright. Mychal Kendricks also left with a calf injury.
Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 3, both teams will be back in their respective divisions. The Colts will head down to Jacksonville to take on the Jaguars (September 21, 1:00 PM ET on CBS), while the Eagles will host the incoming Redskins (September 21, 1:00 PM on FOX).
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