Colts owner Jim Irsay: 'We had the penalties, which was ridiculous'
The game should have been over.
Indianapolis Colts coach Frank Reich went for it on fourth-and-4 from the Green Bay 36-yard line with 1:58 to play and leading 31-28. Philip Rivers hit Nyheim Hines for a 13-yard gain.
Ballgame ... or so everyone thought.
"We had the penalties," Colts owner Jim Irsay said, "which was ridiculous."
The Colts would eventually pull out a 34-31 overtime victory at Lucas Oil Stadium, but we've gotten ahead of ourselves here.
It all started on the second snap of the drive, six plays prior to the Hines' fourth-down conversion (ESPN play-by-play):
2:22: Green Bay is called for defensive offside; Colts first-and-5 on Packers 47.
2:17: Green Bay is called for too many men on the field; Colts first-and-10 at the 42.
2:17: A 7-yard Jonathan Taylor run is negated by a Michael Pittman Jr. holding penalty; Colts first-and-20 at their own 48.
2:12: Taylor is dropped for no gain, Packers decline a holding penalty on Mark Glowinski; Colts second-and-20 at the 48.
2:09: Jordan Wilkins gains 1 yard, Packers decline an illegal motion penalty on Zach Pascal. Colts third-and-19 at the 49.
2:04: Rivers hits Wilkins for a 15-yard gain, setting up fourth-and-4 at the 36 and Hines' fourth-down conversion.
Green Bay calls timeout.
1:55: Taylor goes up the middle for 6 yards but Glowinski is called for holding. Colts first-and-20 at the 33.
1:51: Rivers throws incomplete; Colts second-and-20 at the 33.
1:47: Taylor picks up 9 yards but Quenton Nelson AND Chaz Green are called for holding; Colts second-and-30 at the 43.
1:42: Wilkins gains 4 yards. Colts third-and-26 at the 39.
Green Bay calls timeout.
1:36: Rivers is initially ruled to have been sacked, with the Packers returning a fumble for a go-ahead touchdown. The replay official, however, reverses the call. Incomplete pass. Colts punt on fourth-and-26 at the 39.
For those keeping score at home, that was 10 snaps over 35 seconds with eight flags, 5 of which were enforced. Over a full 60-minute NFL game, that would be 823 flags.
Just counting the Colts' penalties, it's 6 flags, 3 enforced for 30 yards in 30 seconds.
Aaron Rodgers drove the Packers for a tying field goal, but the Colts would pull out the victory after Julian Blackmon forced a fumble.
"I'm disappointed we didn't put it away," Reich said after the game. "This is on me. It's elementary football. You have to keep your hands inside. I have to tell the guys. I have to tell Philip to tell those guys."
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