Baltimore Ravens at Indianapolis Colts 10/5/14 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: Colts 20, Ravens 13
October 5, 2014
As part of the Week 5 NFL action, we had a pretty good-looking matchup going on in Indianapolis between the Colts and the Ravens. Baltimore came into this one flying high after a Week 4 beat down on the Panthers, and the Colts were equally happy after smashing the Titans.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the key players and statistics from this one so that we can figure out why things played out the way they did. Afterward we’ll take a look forward to Week 6 and see what’s in store for both teams.
What Happened: Those football fans expecting a high-scoring affair here were thoroughly disappointed early, as a 38-yard Adam Vinatieri field goal was the only scoring of the first quarter.
Vinatieri would strike again late in the second with a 34-yarder, while his Ravens counterpart Justin Tucker blasted a 52-yard field goal as time expired to make it 6-3 in favor of the Colts heading into the locker room.
The offense picked up in the third--but only slightly. Dwayne Allen snagged a 6-yard pass from Andrew Luck for the first TD of the game and a 13-3 Indy edge. That score would hold until the fourth.
Tucker nailed another field goal--this one from 27 yards out--early in the fourth to get the Ravens within a touchdown, but on the very next drive Luck posted a 13-yard rushing TD to extend the lead to 20-6. Baltimore showed some life on their next possession with an 11-yard Justin Forsett TD run to get it to 13-20.
On a good-looking final drive, the Colts were on the verge of putting the game away, however, posting key first downs and clutch plays to keep the Ravens on their heels as they marched down the field. Just when it looked like the game was in hand, Ahmad Bradshaw fumbled in the red zone and gave Baltimore a fighting chance. After a couple of close calls on defense, Indianapolis held for a nail-biting 20-13 finish.
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The Stars: There were some good things (and some bad) on both sides, as this game easily could have gone either way. Indy held a distinct edge on clock control, winning the time of possession battle 38:43 to 21:17. Bradshaw and Trent Richardson combined for 105 yards on the ground and T.Y. Hilton posted 90 yards on nine grabs. On the other side, Forsett had a good day with 112 all-purpose yards and a touchdown.
The Goats: There were drive-killing turnovers all over the place here. The Colts had four and the Ravens managed three. Without those, the Ravens easily could have taken the game, or the Colts could have walked away with it.
We’ve also got to call out Bradshaw here for nearly giving away a win in the red zone with his untimely fumble. Otherwise, he had another great game.
Injuries: The Ravens’ Matt Elam was shaken up in the fourth, but was able to get off the field under his own power. Terrence Brooks came up limping later in the drive.
Outlook: Both teams will be active again in Week 6. The Colts have a short turnaround with a Thursday game against the Texans (Oct. 9; 8:25 PM ET on CBS).
Meanwhile, the Ravens will head to Tampa Bay to take on the Buccaneers (Oct. 12; 1:00 PM ET on CBS).
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