Game Recap: Colts 17, Browns 13

Posted by Matt Florjancic on October 21, 2012 – 8:02 pm

INDIANAPOLIS — With one score in the second half, the Indianapolis Colts sealed a 17-13 victory over the Cleveland Browns in today’s game at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Kicker Adam Vinatieri extended Indianapolis’ lead over the Browns to 17-13 with a 38-yard field goal at the 3:19 mark of the third quarter. The Colts marched 61 yards in 17 plays and took 8:34 off the third-quarter clock with the scoring drive, their third of the game.

Cleveland rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden completed a 33-yard touchdown pass to fellow first-year pro, wide receiver Josh Gordon and drew the Browns to within one point of the Colts, 14-13, at the 11:53 mark of the third quarter.

The drive covered 80 yards in six plays and took 3:07 off the clock.

With the touchdown reception, Gordon became the first Browns player since Brian Robiskie at the end of the 2010 season to have a receiving score in three consecutive games. He is the first Browns rookie to achieve the feat since Andre’ Davis opened the 2002 season with a touchdown in his first three games.

Gordon is the first Browns rookie with four or more receiving touchdowns in a season since Davis’s six in 2002.

Courtesy of Andrew Luck’s two rushing touchdowns, the Colts held a 14-6 lead over the Browns after the first half of play in Sunday’s game.

Luck rushed for his second touchdown of the game from five yards out on a bootleg to the right side of the field and extended Indianapolis’ lead to 14-6 over the Browns with 7:41 left in the second quarter.

Luck’s touchdown run capped off a 14-play, 76-yard drive that lasted 6:20.

Greg Little’s 14-yard touchdown reception drew the Browns to within one point of the Colts at 7-6 with 14:01 remaining in the second quarter.

Punter Reggie Hodges caught the snap, but dropped the ball as he went to set it for Phil Dawson’s extra point attempt. It was the Browns’ first failed point-after-touchdown attempt since Dawson had a try blocked at Chicago on Nov. 1, 2009.

The 16-play, 90-yard drive took 8:22 off the game clock and was the longest possession of the season, both in terms of plays and time of possession.

Following an offensive pass interference penalty on wide receiver Joshua Cribbs that negated tight end Benjamin Watson’s four-yard touchdown, the Browns faced a third-and-goal from the Colts’ 14-yard. Weeden took the snap from center Alex Mack and delivered the pass to Little over the middle of the field.

Little deflected the ball into the air and caught it as he was falling out of the back of the end zone. Originally ruled a touchdown on the field, the call was upheld after a booth review showed Little’s left foot, shin and knee all touched down in bounds before he fell out of the end zone.

The Colts held a 7-0 lead over the Browns after the first quarter.

Luck engineered an 11-play, 80-yard scoring drive that he capped off with a three-yard touchdown run and gave the Colts a 7-0 advantage over the Browns at the 7:23 mark of the first quarter.

The Colts received the opening kickoff, converted two third downs and took 7:37 off the first-quarter clock.

Luck completed four of four passes for 67 yards on the drive, including a 30-yard pass to wide receiver Reggie Wayne on the first play from scrimmage. Wide receiver Donnie Avery had an 11-yard reception and running back Vick Ballard caught a 19-yarder on the drive.

Game Recap is presented by Giant Eagle, the Official Supermarket of the Cleveland Browns.

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