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Colts-Packers Game An Emotional Rollercoaster For Both Teams

The Colts-Packers game was one of the more intriguing matchups entering Sunday, and it lived up to that hype. Indianapolis came out with a 34-31 win, but it took a turnover in overtime to finally bring things home.

Overall, it was an emotional rollercoaster for both teams.

Green Bay’s first drive of the game included a fumble. Not to be outdone, Indianapolis also fumbled on its opening possession, giving the ball back to the Packers a minute and 16 seconds later.

From there, things did not light up. There were times when it seemed like Green Bay would take hold and run away with it, but the Colts scored 17 unanswered points to start the second half, taking a 31-28 lead in the fourth quarter.

But the Packers have this quarterback named Aaron Rodgers, and he’s been known to lead a few comeback drives. A 10-play, 86-yard drive with less than two minutes to go in regulation allowed a game-tying field goal. That, of course, sent things to overtime.

All the momentum was with the Packers, but if you watched any of this game, you’d know that’s not how this was supposed to go down.

Instead, a game-changing forced fumble by rookie safety Julian Blackmon set Indianapolis up for a game-winning field goal. Game, set and match.

The statistical similarities between Rodgers and Philip Rivers is incredible. Check this out:

  • Rodgers: 27-of-38, 311 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, 110.7 QB rating
  • Rivers: 24-of-36, 288 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT, 107.2 QB rating

The difference? The Packers coughed the ball up four times (one interception, three fumbles) while the Colts turned it over only twice (one interception, one fumble). The other difference, of course, was a rookie kicker by the name of Rodrigo Blakenship, who hit 39-yard field goal for the win.

It was the type of battle you would expect from two teams that now have the same 7-3 record.

Follow Clint Lamb on Twitter @ClintRLamb.

Written by Clint Lamb

Clint Lamb is a College Football Writer for OutKick. Managing Editor for Roll Tide Wire. Sports radio host for The Bullpen on 730/103.9 The UMP. Co-host for The 'Bama Beat podcast through The Tuscaloosa News and TideSports.com.

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  1. The Packers played soft the entire second half and deserved to lose the game. Poor coaching decisions on both sides of the ball led to the time of possession imbalance allowing Indy back into the game. Why does DC Mike Pettine not like to blitz on third and long? He let immobile Philip Rivers sit back and make too many third down conversions on third and long. The Packers D needs to play more aggressively if they expect to beat good teams. I think they will fix the turnover problem, but I suspect that their porous defense will be the Packer’s undoing in the playoffs. 😡

  2. As the token NC State/Rivers fan, this is the time each week that I point out the Outkick writers who said about a month ago the Colts were fools for paying Rivers when they could of had Cam Newton or Andy Dalton.

    That is all, carry on.

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