Colts survive late scare to beat Raiders, 21-17
Quarterback Andrew Luck's 19-yard touchdown run came at a crucial time for the Colts, who trailed the Oakland Raiders 17-14 with about five minutes to go in the fourth quarter. Luck's touchdown put the Colts ahead 21-17, and Antoine Bethea's interception with half a minute to go sealed the deal.
The Oakland Raiders took a 17-14 lead over the Colts in the fourth quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday. The Colts had led the game until that point, but the defense struggled especially in the second half. In all, the Colts' defense allowed four sacks.
Indianapolis got on the scoreboard early in the first quarter when Andrew Luck connected with Reggie Wayne for a 12-yard pass. Adam Vinatieri's kick made it 7-0 Colts.
Oakland scored in the second quarter with Darren McFadden's one-yard run, but the Colts got another touchdown to stay ahead after Dwayne Allen caught a 2-yard pass from Luck.
The Colts' defense went a little cold in the third quarter and Oakland tightened the game with a field goal to make it 14-10.
McFadden caught a 30-yard pass in the end zone which temporarily put the Raiders up 16-14, but the play was reviewed and ruled an incomplete pass due to his footing. The score reverted to 14-10 with the Colts still in the lead at the top of the fourth quarter.
Oakland took the lead in the fourth quarter with about 11 minutes to go in the game when Denarius Moore caught a five-yard pass from Terrelle Pryor.
Andrew Luck's touchdown run put the Colts ahead again with a little over five minutes left in the game.
A chance of rain led Colts officials to leave the stadium roof closed.
The Colts played without a key linebacker. Pat Angerer didn't practice yesterday because of a concussion suffered almost a week ago.
Colts linebacker Kelvin Sheppard replaced Angerer as the starting middle linebacker Sunday.
The Colts' other inactives are safety Delano Howell, linebacker Kavell Conner, offensive lineman Khaled Holmes, tight end Jack Doyle, receiver David Reed and defensive tackle Montori Hughes.
Oakland put quarterback Matt McGloin, defensive linemen Ryan Robinson and Brian Sanford, offensive linemen Menelik Watson and Antoine McClaine, receiver Juron Criner and tight end David Asbury on the inactive list. Left tackle Jared Veldheer was put on injured reserve Saturday with the option to return this season.
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