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COLTS BLOG: Colts hang on with a game-saving pick, win 31-27 vs. Bengals

The Colts trailed by 21 points early in the second quarter. The rally capped the greatest regular-season comeback in franchise history.
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Indianapolis Colts' Jonathan Taylor (28) is tackled by Cincinnati Bengals' William Jackson (22) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, in Indianapolis.

INDIANAPOLIS — Philip Rivers opened the fourth quarter by throwing a 14-yard touchdown pass to Jack Doyle to take the lead and helping the Indianapolis Colts to a 31-27 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. 

The Colts trailed by 21 points early in the second quarter. The rally capped the greatest regular-season comeback in franchise history. 

Rivers wound up 29 of 44 with 371 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. 

Cincinnati could have regained the lead with a 48-yard field goal with 8:02 to play, but Randy Bullock's kick hit the right upright. 

Indy has won four of its last five games as they head into their bye week. The Colts' next game is Sunday, Nov. 1 at the Detroit Lions at 1 p.m.

See live updates below:

4:12 p.m. - Colts safety Julian Blackmon makes a game-saving pick. Colts will take a knee to finish out the game and come away with the 31-27 win.

4:10 p.m. - The Bengals convert on 4th and 9 with 1:18 left in the game. Their drive to win the game stays alive.

4 p.m. - Colts kicker Rodrigo Blankenship connects on a 40-yard field goal. Colts go up 31-27 with 4:03 left in the game.

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Indianapolis Colts kicker Rodrigo Blankenship (3) boots a field goal out of the hold of Rigoberto Sanchez during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, in Indianapolis.

3:51 p.m. - The Colts make stop on 3rd and 1. Bengals kicker Randy Bullocks hits the upright on a 48-yard field goal attempt and misses. The Colts hang on to the 28-27 lead.

3:39 p.m. - DeForest Bucker gets his first sack of the day for a loss of 8 yards. The Bengals punt and the Colts get the ball at Cincinnati's 43-yard line. On the second play of the drive, Philip Rivers throws an interception at Cincinnati's 13-yard line. Fort Wayne native Jessie Bates III picked it off.

3:33 p.m. - Colts take their first lead of the game after a 14-yard throw from Philip Rivers to TE Jack Doyle and an extra point from kicker Rodrigo Blankenship. It's 28-27 with 14:55 left in the game.

3:17 p.m. - The Bengals are marching down the field after starting the drive at their own 1-yard line. Cornerback Xavier Rhodes comes off the field after an injury at Cincinnati's 46-yard line. Colts DT DeForest Buckner makes a big stop on third down and the Bengals kick. Cincinnati goes up 27-21 after a 55-yard field goal.

3:05 p.m. - Zach Pascal gets his second offensive pass interference call of the day on the Colts' opening drive of the second half. The Colts are unable to convert of 3rd and 20, and they bring out the punt unit. After a 43-yard punt and a holding penalty against the Bengals, Cincinnati will start their drive on their own 1-yard line.

2:56 p.m. - The Colts defense gets a strong start to the second half. The Bengals go three and out to start the third quarter.

2:37 p.m. - Rivers makes a great throw to WR Zach Pascal for a 17-yard reception and a touchdown. Colts pull within 3 just before halftime. Bengals lead 24-21.

2:25 p.m. - The Bengals fumble after a short pass but make the recovery. The Colts nearly intercept it on the next play. The Bengals fail to convert on third down and the Colts get the ball back.

An offensive pass interference call brings back a 20-yard catch from TY Hilton.

2:15 p.m. - Philip Rivers makes a big third-down conversion and finds Zach Pascal for a 22-yard connection. Then makes a short pass to DeMichael Harris for a 13-yard gain. After a few good gains from Jonathan Taylor, Rivers connects with TY Hilton in the end zone, but it's called back after a penalty on Anthony Costanzo for ineligible player downfield.

On the next play, Rivers finds Trey Burton for his second touchdown of the day: a 10-yard catch. The extra point is good. Colts down 24-14 with 4:38 left in the second quarter.

2:08 p.m. - The Colts' defense makes a big sack, making the Bengals face 3rd and 15. The Bengals can't convert and bring on the kicking unit. Kicker Randy Bullock connects on a 47-yard attempt. Bengals go up 24-7 with 8:04 left in the first half.

1:50 p.m. - Colts' returner Isaiah Rodgers returns the kickoff for 27 yards, but the Colts get a 10-yard penalty for holding. WR TY Hilton catches a pass from Rivers near the sideline, but it's ruled incomplete.

After two first downs, Rivers throws a 55-yard pass to WR Marcus Johnson, who is brought down at the 1-yard line. On second down, TE Trey Burton runs it in 1 yard for the Colts' first score of the day, with 12:18 left in the second quarter.

1:44 p.m. - Despite a 5-yard false start penalty on the Bengals, RB Joe Mixon pushes into the end zone 7 yards for a touchdown, but the play is under review. The call stands, the Bengals score the extra point and the Bengals go up 21-0.

1:33 p.m. - The Colts' offense takes the field for a third chance to get points on the board. For the second straight drive, they go three and out. The Colts punt and the Bengals will start their drive on their 30-yard line.

On 3rd and 9, Joe Burrow launches a 67-yard pass to WR Tee Higgins. Colts' CB Rock Ya-sin makes a touchdown-saving tackle on the 2-yard line.

1:26 p.m. - The Bengals down the field and have 1st and goal at the 1-yard line. QB Joe Burrow scores on a quarterback sneak and the Bengals go up 14-0.

1:19 p.m. - The Colts fail to convert on third down and punt. The Bengals return it 7 yards and start their drive on their own 22-yard line.

1:12 p.m. - Bengals' RB Giovani Bernard scores on a 2-yard run. Bengals go up 7-0.

1 p.m. - The Bengals kicked off. The Colts will start their first drive from the 25-yard line. Running back Jonathan Taylor catches a short pass and goes off for a 22-yard gain on the first play.

On the next play, QB Philip Rivers targets TE Jack Doyle, who catches and fumbles, recovered by the Bengals on the Colts' 42-yard line. Bengals' QB Joe Burrow and the offense take over.

12:45 p.m. - Dave Calabro and Taylor Tannebaum are at Lucas Oil Stadium getting ready for kickoff. The Colts are hoping to bounce back after losing to the Cleveland Browns last week.

11:30 a.m. - The Colts will be without linebacker Darius Leonard for the second week in a row. Also listed as inactive for the Bengals game:

  • QB Jacob Eason
  • WR Daurice Fountain
  • LB Darius Leonard
  • T Chaz Green
  • TE Mo Alie-Cox
  • WR Dezmon Patmon
  • DE Ron'Dell Carter

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11 a.m. - The roof and window of Lucas Oil Stadium will be open for today's game, the Colts just announced.

The Colts had positive coronavirus tests on Friday, leaving the game in doubt for a few hours, but retests came back negative. 

The Colts will put their unblemished home record on the line. Indy has won its first two games this season at Lucas Oil Stadium and three straight overall. 

Both teams are coming off road losses. Colts quarterback Philip Rivers is expected to make his 230th consecutive mark, breaking a tie with Bruce Matthews for the fourth-longest streak in league history.

The Colts roster moves for the Bengals game includes activating Indianapolis native Sheldon Day from the Injured Reserve list.

Day played for Warren Central and Notre Dame, and signed with the Colts in March as a free agent after playing for Jacksonville in 2016-2017 and the 49ers in 2018-2019.