The Indianapolis Colts came in to Sunday’s contest in Cleveland boasting the league’s #1 offense at 432.4 yards per game (3rd in points – 31.3 PPG).
But for a while there it looked as though the Browns’ D had Indy’s number.
Cleveland knocked Andrew Luck around in the early going, forcing him into two big-time turnovers that helped the Browns build a 14-point advantage with two defensive touchdowns. First, a Luck fumble was recovered in the end zone, and then rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert ran an errant pass back to the house for a pick six.
Browns defense came to play today. Colts first 6 drives: Punt, Punt, Punt, FUMBLE, Punt, Punt. pic.twitter.com/tLF1d1nKe3
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) December 7, 2014
But the Brian Hoyer-led offense was simply anemic. The quarterback tossed a pair of picks and completed less than half of his passes (14 of 31) for just 140 yards.
To say Hoyer’s career is on thin ice would be an understatement.
Isaiah Crowell scored the only offensive touchdown for the Browns, who also put three points up on the board off the foot of Billy Cundiff. Earlier in the game, however, the inconsistent Cundiff pushed a 40-yard attempt wide right, a miss that proved to be crucial in a one-point loss.
Unable to move the ball consistently, Cleveland earned just three first downs in the entire second half, paving the way for Luck to engineer the comeback.
Indy trailed the entire game until Luck found T.Y. Hilton from one yard out with just 30 seconds left to play.
Colts come back to beat Browns, 25-24. – Luck: 24-53, 294 Yds, 2 TD, 2 Int – T.Y. Hilton: 10 Rec, 150 Yds, 2 TD pic.twitter.com/yNwynRisEX
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 7, 2014
With the Texans winning 27-13 over the Jaguars, the victory allows the Colts to hang on to their two-game lead in the AFC South. For the Browns, they’ve lowered their margin of error to zero and will have to win their final three games if they hope to sneak in to the postseason.