The first half could not have started much better for the Colts today, as they jumped out to a 21-0 lead midway through the second quarter before ultimately entering halftime up 21-7.
The team’s first three drives went for touchdowns, Andrew Luck was playing incredibly well, and the defense was getting stops. Everything was going right for the Colts... right up until the end of the half. On 3rd and 6 Luck hit Dwayne Allen for a would-be conversion, but Allen flat out dropped it. That brought on Adam Vinatieri for a field goal, and for the first time in 45 tries, he missed. The Titans then drove it right down the field for a score before the half, making it 21-7.
That end of half scenario shouldn’t take away from what the Colts did in the first half, however, as it was a tremendous showing - especially from their quarterback. Luck completed 12 of 16 passes for 186 yards and two touchdowns while also adding 25 yards rushing, and he displayed an incredible ability to buy time, move around, and throw on the run. That first half was Andrew Luck at his very best.
Overall, the Colts racked up 21 points, 250 yards, 15 first downs, and converted 60% of their third down attempts. They even went for it on fourth down once and scored a touchdown on an incredible play by T.Y. Hilton, and the coaches deserve credit for their aggressiveness and game plan as well. It was a great half of football for the Colts up until Allen’s drop, but overall they’re in really good shape.
Here’s your open thread for the second half, as the Colts look to hold on to their big lead and secure a huge AFC South victory.