You just knew it was going to be a good day for Adam Vinatieri in the first half of today’s game, not because he has exorcised his “demons”, but because his former loose-cannon fan favorite holder from 2009-2016 got the fans pumped up by hammering the new traditional 4-foot, 200lb anvil prior to kickoff while wearing a #4 GOAT t-shirt. Pat McAfee got the crowd roaring and on their feet as the honorary former player kept with Irsay’s “Forged” theme for the season.
After going 1-of-3 on field goal kicking attempts in the past 3 games, Adam Vinatieri hit his first field goal attempt after struggling mightily this season and considering retirement after last weeks narrow win over the Tennessee Titans. His first field goal attempt today from 49yds out against the Atlanta Falcons wasn’t pretty and bounced off the left upright, narrowly rebounding in for the 3pts. He followed that up with an extra point, a 21yd field goal that was beautiful and text book Vinatieri, and then ended the first half of play with a beautiful high spinning extra point right down the middle to put the Colts up at half-time by a 20-3 lead over the visiting Falcons. The Colts fans have never been louder and more supportive of a struggling player than they have been this afternoon with Vinatieri. Let’s hope the “Demons” have left the building for good today.
Colts offense rides Mack in the second half to a narrow victory over the Atlanta Falcons
When the passing game wasn’t working towards the end of the second half the Indianapolis Colts decided put the game on Marlin Mack’s shoulders to finish out the game with a 27-24 win over the visiting Falcons. Mack finished the game with 16 carries for 74 yards with the majority of that productivity coming on the last drive of the game. Mack broke away to keep the Falcons offense off the field with a 26 yard run followed by a critical 3rd down conversion grab by Jack Doyle to run out the final minutes of the game. Colts are now 2-1 on the season.