NFL Game Summary - Cleveland at Indianapolis|
(Sunday, September 18th)
Final Score: Cleveland 27, Indianapolis 19
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Peyton Hillis ran for a pair of touchdowns
and Colt McCoy threw for a score, as the Cleveland Browns notched their first
win of the season at the expense of the suddenly-woeful Indianapolis Colts
with a 27-19 triumph at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The Colts (0-2), coming off a 34-7 setback at Houston last week, have lost two
straight to start a season for the first time since Peyton Manning's rookie
year of 1998. With Manning learning the pro game, that Colts team finished
3-13. Without the now four-time league MVP because of a neck injury, the Colts
could be in for another dismal year.
Kerry Collins again started under center for the Colts and completed 19-of-38
passes for 191 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Indianapolis
managed just four field goals until a late touchdown with the outcome already
"You certainly can't pin it all on one person at one time, this is a team
game," Colts head coach Jim Caldwell said when asked about his commitment to
Collins. "We have to work a little bit on everything to make that
determination, but he made some progress."
Hillis ran for 94 yards on 27 carries and also caught four passes for 23 yards
for the Browns (1-1), who were coming off a 27-17 loss to the Bengals in their
opener. McCoy connected on 22-of-32 passes for 211 yards and was not picked
off Sunday, as the Browns halted a five-game slide against the Colts.
The Colts took the opening kickoff and marched 67 yards in 10 plays, settling
for a 39-yard field goal from Adam Vinatieri, then tacked on a 27-yard
Vinatieri kick in the opening minute of the second quarter to finish another
Josh Cribbs followed with a 52-yard kickoff return to set the Browns up at
their own 45. They quickly faced 4th-and-1, but McCoy managed to pick up the
first down on a sneak and soon after put his team on the board. He scrambled
to buy time on a 3rd-and-12, then found Evan Moore in the back of the end zone
for a 16-yard score and 7-6 edge.
The Colts regained the lead moments later on a 52-yard Vinatieri field goal,
but the Browns still had just under three minutes left before the break and
drove 80 yards on 10 plays for another touchdown. Two third-down conversions
aided the march, including a 25-yard catch-and-run by Cribbs, before a 28-yard
connection with Mohamed Massaquoi set up a first down at the one. After
officials overturned Hillis' first TD run, he rammed it right back into the
end zone on the next play for a 14-9 lead with 15 seconds left in the half.
Hillis fumbled on Cleveland's first possession of the third quarter, giving
the Colts the ball at their own 40, but once again they could manage only a
field goal from Vinatieri. The 36-yard kick pulled the Colts within two.
Collins was intercepted on the first play of the fourth quarter and the Browns
turned it into a 20-yard Phil Dawson field goal for a 17-12 advantage. The
Colts followed with a pair of threes-and-out, and the second punt was returned
43 yards by Cribbs to set up a first down at the Indianapolis 28.
It took just three plays for the Browns to find the end zone, as Hillis broke
free for a 24-yard touchdown run to make it 24-12 with just under four minutes
Collins then fumbled on the ensuing Indianapolis possession and Dawson added a
23-yard field goal before the Colts finally found the end zone in the final
minute with a six-yard scoring toss from Collins to Dallas Clark.
"I think today gave a lot of confidence to a lot of the guys," Hillis said.
"It's good to pull that one out on the road and winning a good game like
The Colts ran for 109 yards, including 64 from Joseph Addai and 46 from rookie
Delone Carter...Reggie Wayne had four catches for 66 yards in defeat. He is
two shy of 800 career receptions...Clark had four catches and now has 401 in
his career...Cribbs surpassed Desmond Howard for seventh all-time in kick
09/18 19:16:15 ET