A rough first quarter provided an early hole for the Indianapolis Colts to work out of against the Miami Dolphins.
While the team's offense would end up doing its fair share, the early hole gave enough of a push Miami would need.
Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill went 23-for-34 for 319 yards and a touchdown, and Miami held off several late Colts charges for a 24-20 win at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 15.
Trailing with 8:20 to go, Colts quarterback Andrew Luck threw an interception into the endzone, the first turnover this season by the Colts. The play also snapped a streak of 164 consecutive passing attempts by Luck without throwing one to the other team.
The team would get a final chance in the final four minutes, and Luck led his offense inside the Miami 25-yard line. After three unsuccessful throws, Luck would get sacked on fourth-and-10 to end the Colts' chances for another late game-winning drive.
Luck finished 25-of-43 for 321 yards, a touchdown, and an interception.
After an opening field goal miss by Adam Vinatieri off the left upright, Miami (2-0) drove 58 yards in just over two minutes and found wide receiver Mike Wallace for an 18-yard touchdown off a screen pass for the early lead.
Miami would get a big play on its next drive when Charles Clay got behind the Colts' secondary and raced for a 67-yard gain. Lamar Miller would run it in from 10 yards out on the following play to make it 14-3 Miami.
The defense would begin to find its way off the field the remainder of the half, and the Colts would eventually get its first lead. Trailing 14-10, Luck would hit T.Y. Hilton down the right sideline for a 47-yard gain before the two-minute warning. A few plays later, Ahmad Bradshaw would burst through the middle for a one-yard score.
Dolphins kicker Caleb Sturgis would get a chance from 54 yards out though on the final play of the half, and connected to tie the game at 17 at the break.
Hilton led the Colts (1-1) with a career-high 124 yards receiving on six receptions, all coming in the first half.
Bradshaw, making his first start for the Colts, was the team's leading rusher in a scoring a touchdown to go with 65 yards on 15 carries.
Coby Fleener replaced the injured Dwayne Allen in the starting lineup at tight end, and made four catches for 69 yards and a touchdown.
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