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Jake's Takes | Colts Squander Opportunity for Statement Win vs. Eagles

The Indianapolis Colts had control for most of Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles but ultimately squandered the lead late in the fourth quarter, losing 17-16.
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The Indianapolis Colts faced a tough test at home Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles, and they nearly passed.

The Eagles (9-1) came into Lucas Oil Stadium determined to bounce back from their first loss of the season. Meanwhile, the Colts (4-6-1) were in the second week of the Jeff Saturday era and coming off a big win.

Although the home team was in control of the game much of the way throughout, they collapsed with about two minutes to go as Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts scored the go-ahead, 7-yard touchdown run. Defending Hurts on the ground was an area the Colts' defense struggled with throughout the game and it would ultimately do them in.

When all was said and done, the Colts made too many mistakes (including a missed 50-yard field goal at the end of the third quarter) against a really good team and fell by a single point, 17-16.

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Here are my main takeaways from the day.

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Sam Ehlinger (4) stands next to Indianapolis Colts interim head coach Jeff Saturday on the sideline Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, during a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor (28) falls into the end zone for a touchdown Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, during a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Ryan (2) is sacked by Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham (55) on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, during a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. (11) runs with the ball Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, during a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Nov 20, 2022; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) is sacked by Indianapolis Colts defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (91) and linebacker Zaire Franklin (44) in the first quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium.

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