The Indianapolis Colts won Art Denver Broncos 12-9 in overtime on Thursday Night Football to open Week 5 NFL season.

The Colts improve to 2-2-1 on the season with the road win, while the Broncos drop to 2-3.

Indy didn’t start running away Jonathan Taylorwho was out with an ankle injury while Denver was without a star Javonte Williamswho a year after tearing his ACL in week 4.

Here are the best plays from Thursday’s match.

Indianapolis Colts 12, Denver Broncos 9

Rough start

Misfortune struck early for the Colts when Nyheim Hineswho was expected to be heavily involved in Thursday’s action with Taylor out, was injured on the first drive of the game.

He was taken straight to the locker room to be evaluated for a head injury. He has since been ruled out for the remainder of the game due to the NFL’s concussion protocol.

On the go

Denver moved the chains on its first drive, which included an impressive 18-yard pickup Russell Wilson. But the Broncos stalled in the red zone and settled for a field goal to take a 3-0 lead.

Gaining momentum

Colts running back Deon Jackson was able to provide a little spark for Indy as the first quarter began.

The Broncos will bring it back

It was more trouble for the Colts as Matt Ryan threw a pick in the red zone midway through the second quarter. Denver Security Kaden Stearns came up with an interception and returned it 23 yards to give the Broncos the ball back after they took a 6-0 lead with their second field goal of the game.

He goes down

The Broncos’ defense was a force to be reckoned with in this one, as Ryan was sacked four times in the first half, two of which came on the Colts’ final drive of the second quarter.

Indianapolis was able to avoid a shutout with a field goal on the scoreboard just before halftime, however, to keep things close.

Bombs away!

Denver finally came up with a monster play in the third quarter when Wilson found out Courtland Sutton on a 51-yard drive up the middle.


A big gain helped the Broncos move down the field, but it was all for naught after the Colts blocked Denver’s ensuing field goal.

Double trouble

The Broncos made up for the missed opportunity when Stearns threw his second interception of the night, picking off Ryan just outside the Denver red zone.

The turnover gave the Broncos great field position, which they turned into three points on the ensuing play. It was a three-point game, 9-6, in the fourth quarter.

Service return

There was another turnover early in the fourth quarter, this time with the Colts defense tackling Wilson.

Wilson briefly visited the medical tent for a possible head injury before rejoining the game on the Broncos’ next road trip.

Another one!

Wilson was pulled off again just as the two minute warning approached.

Colts bustled down with less than a minute to go and were able to tap in game goal.

That’s just how it got to overtime.


The Colts struck first in overtime with a 48-yard field goal to take a 12-9 lead.

What could have been

The Broncos got a huge boost from Jerry Judy on the next possession, but they couldn’t capitalize on the big gain. Stephen Gilmour picked off Wilson’s fourth-down pass in the end zone to seal a 12-9 Colts victory.

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