Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Minshew keeps Colts in hunt with 23-20 win

The Colts and backup QB Gardner Minshew kept their playoff hopes alive with a win over the surging Las Vegas Raiders 23-20.

Jonathan Taylor rushed for a season-high 96 yards and a score, and Minshew threw for 224 yards and a score as the Colts led from the opening possession all the way through the rest of the game.

Colts remain in AFC Playoff hunt

“Everybody knew what was at stake,” Colts RB Jonathan Taylor said. “I think having that mindset that no matter how the game was turning out, every single time we stepped on that field — offense, defense or special teams — you guys have to do your job at a high level, higher than you’ve ever done it before, because we’ve been in that situation before and we know what we have to do. We have to win.”

After their shocking start to the season the Raiders were finally eliminated from the playoffs with this loss.

“Guys are disappointed. Why wouldn’t you be? We had a great opportunity,” interim head coach Antonio Pierce said. “There was no guarantee we were going to get into the playoffs. A lot of things would still have to go our way. But these guys are proud about being Raiders. I’m proud to be coaching them.”

It remains to be seen whether Pierce has done enough to secure the Raiders head coaching job for the 2024 season.

Las Vegas RaidersIndianapolis Colts
1st Downs2616
Passing 1st downs197
Rushing 1st downs48
1st downs from penalties31
3rd down efficiency5-156-13
4th down efficiency2-21-1
Total Plays7453
Total Yards370349
Total Drives910
Yards per Play5.06.6
Yards per pass5.89.0
Interceptions thrown00
Sacks-Yards Lost2-131-9
Rushing Attempts2529
Yards per rush3.44.6
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-31-3
Fumbles lost00
Interceptions thrown00
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00

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