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GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Carson Wentz threw up a pair of touchdown passes, Jonathan Taylor ran for 108 yards and the Indianapolis Colts continued their end-of-season push with a 22-16 victory over the Cardinals of the ‘Arizona Saturday night. .

The Colts (9-6) have won three straight wins and six of their last seven. They took the victory on the road despite the absence of 2020 All-Pro linebacker Darius Leonard – who was put on the reserve / COVID-19 roster earlier on Saturday – and four starting offensive linemen.

Wentz made the biggest play of the game midway through the fourth quarter, when he bounced into the pocket for a few seconds before hitting Dezmon Patmon for a 14-yard touchdown on a perfectly placed ball in the back of the end zone. goals. That gave the Colts a 22-13 lead.


The Cardinals (10-5) have failed to secure a playoff berth for a third straight week and are 3-5 since the start of the season 7-0. Kyler Murray threw for 245 yards and a touchdown while going 74 yards.

Arizona’s Matt Prater missed two field goals, including a potential try early in the fourth quarter, and an extra run.

The Cardinals took a 13-12 lead early in the third quarter when Murray hit Antoine Wesley for a 24-yard touchdown, which was Wesley’s first of his NFL career.

Suddenly it fell to the Colts’ patchwork offensive to produce. It wasn’t easy for a unit that came into the game without three starting offensive linemen. At the end of the first half, left tackle Eric Fisher and tight end Jack Doyle were also sidelined with injuries.

Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor (28) celebrates with Carson Wentz (2) after scoring during an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park, NY, earlier this season.
(Associated press)

The Colts managed to tinker with a practice late in the third quarter topped off with a 37-yard field goal for a 15-13 lead. Indianapolis took a break minutes later in the fourth quarter when Prater’s 41-yard basket bounced off the right upright.

That set up a seven-game, 69-yard Indianapolis drive that ended with Wentz – who completed 18 of 28 passes for 225 yards – connecting to Patmon.

The Colts got off to a great start when Taylor broke free for a 43-yard run in the team’s first offensive play. The 226-pound back sliced ​​through the middle of the line before bouncing outward and scolding down the straight sideline. Five games later, Wentz had plenty of time to find TY Hilton for a three-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead.

Taylor entered the game as the NFL’s first rusher by a wide margin with 1,518 rushing yards. It’s more than 400 meters ahead of Joe Mixon of Cincinnati, who occupies second place.


The Cardinals quickly rebounded from the Colts’ goal. Murray faked a transfer to Jonathan Ward, made a nice cut and ran for 57 yards before being knocked down at Indy 2. Two plays later, Chase Edmonds broke the line for a 2-yard touchdown. Prater missed the extra point and the Colts kept a 7-6 lead.

The Colts added safety late in the second quarter when Murray couldn’t handle a weak snap. The quarterback picked up the ball and threw it out of the end zone and was called for an intentional stranding in the end zone which is automatic safety.


It wasn’t a clean performance for the Cardinals, especially in the first half. Prater missed the 51-yard field goal and also missed an extra point, the offense had a turnaround on the downs and forfeited a safety. The Arizona players were called on for seven penalties before the break.


Colts: Fisher left with a knee injury in the second quarter. Doyle injured his knee and ankle in the first quarter G Chris Reed injured his back and left in the second quarter. Center Ryan Kelly (staff) was out for the third week in a row.

Cardinals: Running back James Conner and rookie wide receiver Rondale Moore were among the non-active players. Conner (heel) was selected for the Pro Bowl earlier this week after running 700 yards and 14 touchdowns. Moore (ankle) has caught 54 assists this season. CB Marco Wilson (shoulder) was injured towards the end of the first half and did not return.


Leonard, catcher Zach Pascal and security Khari Willis were put on the COVID-19 list earlier on Saturday. Indianapolis had seven players in total on the roster.

The Cardinals missed Pro Bowl triple center Rodney Hudson, as well as punter Andy Lee.


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