Colts outlast Cardinals for third straight win

Jonathan Taylor surpasses 100-yard rushing yards for the ninth game this season as the Indianapolis Colts pick up their third straight win with victory over the Arizona Cardinals, who missed another opportunity to book their playoff spot

Last Updated: 26/12/21 8:01am


    Highlights of the Indianapolis Colts and the Arizona Cardinals from Week 16 of the 2021 season

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    Highlights of the Indianapolis Colts and the Arizona Cardinals from Week 16 of the 2021 season

    Highlights of the Indianapolis Colts and the Arizona Cardinals from Week 16 of the 2021 season

    Carson Wentz passed for 225 yards with two touchdowns and Jonathan Taylor rushed for 108 yards to give the Indianapolis Colts a 22-16 win over the reeling Arizona Cardinals.

    Story of the Game

    The Cardinals (10-5) have lost three consecutive games, failing to clinch a spot in the NFC playoffs with each loss, while the Colts (9-6) have won eight of their last 10.

    Taylor eclipsed the 100-yard mark on 27 carries, with Indianapolis now 9-0 when the second-year running back rushes for more than 100 yards and 0-6 when he falls short of that mark.

    Arizona’s Matt Prater missed field goals of 51 yards and 41 yards and an extra-point attempt with holder Andy Lee, the punter, out because of COVID-19 protocols. Backup quarterback Colt McCoy and punter Ryan Winslow, signed Thursday, shared holding duties.

    Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz throws a 14-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Dezmon Patmon

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    Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz throws a 14-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Dezmon Patmon

    Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz throws a 14-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Dezmon Patmon

    Prater’s 28-yard field goal with 46 seconds left set up an onside kick attempt that was recovered by the Colts.

    The Cardinals held Taylor to 14 yards on 10 carries in the first half after he rushed for 43 yards on his first touch of the game.

    The run helped set up Indianapolis’ scoring drive culminating on Wentz’s one-yard touchdown pass to T.Y. Hilton to put the Colts ahead 7-0.

    Wentz completed 18 of 28 pass attempts with no interceptions, persevering through Arizona’s aggressive play up front that resulted in two sacks.

    His 14-yard touchdown pass to Dezmon Patmon while taking a hit with 6:45 left in the game put Indianapolis ahead 22-13.

    Indianapolis Colts running back Nyheim Hines uses all his finger strength for impressive catch

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    Indianapolis Colts running back Nyheim Hines uses all his finger strength for impressive catch

    Indianapolis Colts running back Nyheim Hines uses all his finger strength for impressive catch

    Kyler Murray’s 57-yard run in the first quarter set up Chase Edmonds’ two-yard touchdown run. The extra-point attempt by Prater was wide left and the Colts held on to the 7-6 lead with 3:03 remaining in the first quarter.

    Murray completed 27 of 43 pass attempts for 245 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions. He rushed for 74 yards on four carries.

    With the Colts leading 12-6, Murray connected with Antoine Wesley for a 24-yard touchdown to give Arizona a 13-12 lead with 10:53 left in the third quarter.

    A 37-yard field goal by Michael Badgley with seven seconds left in the third quarter gave the Colts a 15-13 lead.

    Indianapolis had to fare without star linebacker Darius Leonard after he tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in the day, with wide receiver Zach Pascal and safety Khari Willis joining him on the reserve/COVID list. All-Pro left guard Quenton Nelson, starting right guard Mark Glowinski and starting cornerback Rock Ya-Sin had all been placed on the COVID-19 list earlier this week.

    Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray's 57-yard explosion marks longest run of QB's career

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    Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray’s 57-yard explosion marks longest run of QB’s career

    Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray’s 57-yard explosion marks longest run of QB’s career

    Stats leaders

    Colts

    • Passing: Carson Wentz, 18/28, 225 yards, 2 TDs
    • Rushing: Jonathan Taylor, 27 carries, 108 yards
    • Receiving: Michael Pittman Jr., eight catches, 82 yards

    Cardinals

    • Passing: Kyler Murray, 27/43, 245 yards, 1 TD
    • Rushing: Kyler Murray, four carries, 74 yards
    • Receiving: Chase Edmonds, eight catches, 71 yards

    Scoring Summary

    Scoring summary

    FIRST QUARTER
    Colts 7-0 CardinalsCarson Wentz one-yard TD pass to T.Y. Hilton
    Colts 7-6 CardinalsChase Edmonds two-yard rushing TD (missed extra point
    SECOND QUARTER
    Colts 9-6 CardinalsPenalty on Kyler Murray in the end zone for a safety
    Colts 12-6 CardinalsMichael Badgley 41-yard field goal
    THIRD QUARTER
    Colts 12-13 CardinalsKyler Murray 24-yard TD pass to Antoine Wesley (extra point)
    Colts 15-13 CardinalsMichael Badgley 37-yard field goal
    FOURTH QUARTER
    Colts 22-13 CardinalsCarson Wentz 14-yard TD pass to Dezmon Patmon (extra point)
    Colts 22-16 CardinalsMatt Prater 28-yard field goal

    What’s Next?

    The Colts (9-6) can strengthen their grip on a playoff spot with victory at home to the Las Vegas Raiders (7-7) in Week 17, while the Cardinals (10-5) can still clinch their postseason berth on Sunday with a loss for the Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints or Philadelphia Eagles.

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