Fortnite scores 4, Brady scores bucks after Indy 38-31
Indianapolis Tom Brady came to Indianapolis in a new outfit.
He followed the same old scenario – turning mistakes into points and leading his team into another decisive last minute run.
This time, Leonard Fournette broke the tie by scoring 28 yards with 20 seconds left to give Tampa Bay a decisive 38-31 win coming from behind for Brady’s first win over the Colts since he joined the Buccaneers.
“Not much love was wasted, I think,” Brady said, referring to the rivalry he had with the Colts. “The win was a good thing.”
For Brady, it seemed as if nothing had changed.
He improved to 16-4 all the time against the Colts, taking the Bucs (8-3) to a second straight win as he relied on his support team to do most of the heavy lifting.
Fortnite carried 17 times for 100 yards and three points and managed the only pass for Brady in the game, four touchdowns in her career. Ronald Jones gave the Bucs the first, 28-24 for a 1-yard TD late in the third quarter, and Rob Gronkowski had seven season-best passes at 123 yards.
However, when Brady grabbed the ball just 3:29 from the left and tied the score at 31, he once again proved to be the maestro that makes Colts fans shiver.
Sunday’s difference was rotation. Andy (6-6) had fives and Brady would push them every time except for the final play-of-the-game interception.
And somehow despite all the fouls, the Colts still had a chance to force overtime when Isaiah Rodgers returned the final 71-yard kickoff to the Bucs’ 32-yard line 20 seconds left. But Carson Wentz’s first pass fell incompletely and the second was captured near the goal line.
“It’s frustrating,” Wentz said after leading 27 from 44 with 306 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. “I don’t know how many times we can turn the ball against a good team like this, so many times, and still score so many points. It won’t happen.”
Indy took the lead at the end of the first half, but the Bucs swung the momentum when Shaquille Barrett sacked Wentz early in the second half, tore the ball back at Bucs 35. Six plays later, Fournette scored at 4 yards from TD.
Antoine Winfield outplayed Michael Bateman Jr. for the ball in the next Indy series and Brady wasted no time in turning that foul into Jones’s green light. Tampa Bay only scored a short field goal after Nihem Hines missed a penalty kick.
Indy finally tied the score in Jonathan Taylor’s 4-yard race with 3:29 left – more than enough time for Brady and Company to create another perfect finish in Indy.
“It was great to finish the match with that kick,” said Fortnite. “It got scary at the end, but it’s a team sport. We got it together and made it happen.”
Taylor ran 16 times for 83 yards and grabbed four passes for 14 yards—he finished 3 yards out by 3 yards in a record-breaking ninth consecutive NFL game with 100 yards or more of melee and TD rushing.
Buccaneers: Linebacker Devin White played despite being listed as a suspect with a quadriceps injury and came back in the second half after injuring a thigh in the first half. A defensive intervention that left Vita in brief after losing a tooth and starting corner back Jamal Dean after injuring his right shoulder in the first quarter.
The Colts: Defensive tackle DeForest Buckner, All-Pro 2020, left late in the first half with a right knee injury but came back early in the third quarter. Coach Frank Reich said there were no other injuries to report.
The Pirates: Brady’s streak of back-to-back regular-season games ended with two or more TDs against the Colts in eight. … Fournette also caught seven passes for 31 yards. …Barrett was credited with Kissin.
Colts: Jack Doyle had six passes for 81 yards and one. … Ashton Doolin scored a pass for 62 yards and TY Hilton scored for 4 yards. … Darius Leonard scored 15 tackles and became the sixth Colts player to reach the 500 in his career.
Join the club
Former Colts defensive lineman Robert Mattis was finally entered into the Colts’ Ring of Honor on Sunday. He was supposed to join the club last year, but the party was delayed because owner Jim Irsai wanted a big crowd to celebrate with Matisse, who ended his career as full-time sack captain (123). He reached the semi-finals of the 2022 Pro Football League.
“I am humbled and honored,” Mattis said, “and thank fans for making him feel at home in the city. I’m not leaving. I’m Indy, Indy is me.”
Pirates: Visit Atlanta next Sunday.
The Colts: Head to Houston next Sunday, chasing a sweep of the Texas season.
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