INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – After trailing by 21 points, the Indianapolis Colts needed to orchestrate the biggest regular-season comeback in franchise history. Philip Rivers was ready for work.
Trailing 21-0, Rivers helped the Colts with three touchdown passes, including scoring the lead on the first play of the fourth quarter in Sunday’s 31-27 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
He equaled the biggest comeback in the Colts’ regular season history. None of the previous four had been at home and the last time Indianapolis (4-2) accomplished the feat was in 2003 at Tampa Bay. He’s only been outscored by a 28-point comeback in the 2013 postseason against Kansas City.
It is the fifth time in history for the Bengals (1-4-1) that they have let a 21-point lead slip away, the second-worst in the franchise.
Rivers was sensational. He completed 29 of 44 passes for 371 yards, and an interception. He threw a 14-yard pass to Jack Doyle for the play that established the lead in the fourth quarter. Rodrigo Sánchez added a 40-yard field goal and Julian Blackmon intercepted Joe Burrow with 39 seconds left to sentence.