Colts’ Josh Robinson gets big cheers as team moves to new home
Posted On July 15, 2021
NEW ORLEANS — The Indianapolis Colts had the ball in their hands.
But the offense was on the sidelines and the defense was not.
The Colts were in the middle of a 12-game losing streak and had lost their past seven games by double digits.
The offense was the problem.
They were playing from behind and giving up yards to an inexperienced secondary.
They had no receivers, and the entire offense was downgraded after quarterback Andrew Luck had his season ended by an ACL tear.
The defense was also the problem, as it was unable to stop the Colts’ offense, allowing 17 touchdowns in the first half alone, and allowed a season-high 10 TDs in the second half.
The defense allowed only 16 points in the fourth quarter and had only 14 points in total offense.
The Ravens scored touchdowns on three of their first four possessions of the second quarter and never trailed in the third quarter.
They scored four touchdowns in just under 10 minutes.
The Indianapolis offense and defense gave up the final three points of the third, and it was 27-20 with 6:10 left.
But it was the defense that took a beating.
The first half was a nightmare for the Colts, who were playing without their top two receivers.
They were limited in their ability to move the ball on the ground, with one running back for most of the game.
They struggled to stop wide receivers on the outside, as both Reggie Wayne and Andre Johnson had two catches for 18 yards apiece.
The defensive line struggled, as defensive end/linebacker Cedric Thornton had three sacks, while cornerback A.J. Jefferson had two interceptions.
The second half, the Colts were able to find an outlet on the perimeter, as Reggie Wayne caught three passes for 47 yards and a touchdown, as well as a 42-yard touchdown run.
But, on third-and-1, they had to stop running back Chris Thompson for a first down.
The final play was an interception by linebacker Josh Shaw, and a punt return by receiver Michael Floyd, which resulted in the Colts scoring again.
The only way the Colts could get the ball back in the end zone was to score again, and that would have taken some luck.
The Baltimore defense was forced to make a few tough decisions, and they had a couple of turnovers, but the Ravens scored on their next drive to take a 17-3 lead.
But the Ravens were able a fourth time.
This time, the defense held the Colts to a field goal on a second-and/or third-down play and scored a touchdown on their first possession of the fourth.
After that, the Ravens got into field goal range, but then the Colts went on a 14-play, 72-yard drive.
The score was 31-14.
The last drive of the first quarter was the most exciting for the Ravens, as quarterback Josh Shaw had a career-high four passes for 49 yards and two touchdowns, as he passed for a career high 267 yards.
The next drive was an 8-play drive that was reminiscent of the one that ended the 2016 season with the Colts winning at Kansas City.
But in the next two drives, the Indianapolis offense struggled.
The offensive line failed to stop quarterback Andrew Dalton, and linebacker Brian Orakpo gave up a sack for the second time in the game, as Dalton completed 8-of-11 passes for 109 yards and no touchdowns.
The Colts defense held Dalton to a season low six completions for 63 yards.
In the third and fourth quarters, the offense struggled, and Baltimore took a 27-14 lead into halftime.
But, when the Colts came back to tie it up, Baltimore scored the last two points of that drive to put the game away.
After a scoreless fourth quarter, Baltimore put together an 80-yard scoring drive that included two touchdowns from receiver Chris Thompson.
Then, the team had a chance to tie the game with 3:40 left, but a safety was called on the play.
On fourth-and_goal from the Baltimore 24-yard line, the Baltimore defense went into the endzone, but it was a turnover on the defense, as cornerback A’Shawn Robinson recovered a fumble.
The ball was returned to the Colts and the Ravens went on to score the game-winning touchdown.
This game was the first game in Colts history in which both teams scored touchdowns after halftime.
The game marked the second season in a row that the Colts will be in Indianapolis, and first since 2013.
The previous season was the 2014 season.