Colts-Vikings: Colts Squeak By for Week Two Win

Trever RobyContributor ISeptember 14, 2008

A dramatic win didn't come easy for the Colts Sunday.

Trailing by nine at the half, and by 15 points later in the third quarter, the Colts somehow pulled together for an 18-15 win early Sunday. The Colts clinched the victory with kicker Adam Vinatieri's 47-yard field goal with three seconds remaining. Vinatieri missed a short 30-yard field goal earlier in the game. 

In my opinion, Anthony Gonzalez and Reggie Wayne saved the day for Indy. They couldn't get anything moving on the ground with that tough Minnesota defensive line.

The first touchdown did, however, come from Joseph Addai on a one-yard run. But how the ball got to the one-yard line was the amazing part. Peyton Manning threw to Anthony Gonzalez on the left side, and with nowhere else to go, Gonzalez goes down and laterals the ball to Reggie Wayne, who broke some tackles and got to the one-yard line. It was initially ruled as a touchdown, but challenged by the Vikings and overturned.

Then, Manning threw 32 yards to Reggie Wayne, who caught the ball in the middle of the field, broke a tackle, and ran into the end zone. With a two-point conversion, the game was tied 15-15. On the next Indianapolis possession they punted, but then forced a Vikings punt and drove 21 yards for the game-winning field goal. 

As bad as the Colts looked, the Vikings really did not do better. Adrian Peterson, last year's NFL rookie who set the single-game rushing record only rushed for 160 yards on 29 carries. The Vikings never scored a touchdown, just field goals.