Final Score: Eagles 30, Colts 27
Another week, another wild come-from-behind win for the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Birds, who needed to dig out of a double-digit deficit against putrid Jacksonville in Week 1, was down big again Monday night in Indianapolis. But the Birds scored 24 second-half points and stunned the Colts on Cody Parkey’s last-second field goal for a 30-27 win that improved their record to 2-0.
Here’s how it went down:
Cody Parkey Kicked the Game-Winning Field Goal as Time Expired
Cody Parkey was on the Indianapolis Colts roster during training camp. The Colts were comfortable with Adam Vinatieri as their kicker, so they dropped the rookie from Auburn before the season opener.
Monday night, though, Parkey was celebrating on the field at Lucas Oil Stadium as his former teammates walked off the field hanging their heads.
Parkey, who signed with the Philadelphia Eagles prior to the start of the season, kicked a 42-yard field goal as time expired Monday night, delivering the Birds a come-from-behind 30-27 win and sending the Colts to an 0-2 start.
Parkey made the kick despite Colts coach Chuck Pagano’s attempt to ice him by calling timeout a second before the Eagles snapped the ball on Parkey’s initial attempt.
Parkey’s attempt on his first try was good, but was waived off because of the timeout. But after taking a breather, he came through again for the game-winner.
The Eagles Scored Back-to-Back Touchdowns to Tie it in the 3rd Quarter
Not to be out-done by Andrew Luck, LeSean McCoy answered the Colts’ QB’s 50th career touchdown pass by scoring his 50th career touchdown — the first of two unanswered touchdowns that allowed Philly to tie the game late in the third quarter.
McCoy scored from a yard out to bring the Birds with a touchdown at 20-13 with 4:42 left in the quarter.
Trent Richardson then fumbled on Indy’s ensuing drive and the Eagles recovered and then made the Colts pay. Darren Sproles bounced off three Colts defenders on his way to a 19-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 20 with 2:52 left in the quarter.
Andrew Luck hit Ahmad Bradshaw for a 7-yard touchdown strike that put Indy up 27-20 with 11:49 left in the game, but Luck threw a crucial interception later in the quarter that let the Birds back into the game.
Malcolm Jenkins picked off a Luck pass intended for T.Y. Hilton with 5:15 left in the game, setting up a game-tying drive for Philadelphia.
Foles took advantage of Luck’s mistake, leading the Birds on a 5-play, 76-yard drive capped by a 6-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Maclin to tie the game at 27 with 3:25 left, setting the stage for Parkey’s game-winner.
Andrew Luck Threw His 50th Career Touchdown Pass in the 2nd Quarter
— ESPN Monday Night (@ESPNMondayNight) September 16, 2014
After the Eagles pulled to within 10-6 on a Cody Parkey field goal with 6:36 left in the first half, the Colts extended the lead back to double digits when Andrew Luck hit Jack Doyle for a 2-yard touchdown strike that marked the second-year QB’s 50th career touchdown pass.
Doyle made the score possible by making an acrobatic dive for the endzone along the right sideline with 1:13 left in the half.
The pass tied Luck with 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh for fourth in Colts history.
Andrew Luck: 50th career TD pass, passes Jim Harbaugh for 4th-most by a Colts QB
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 16, 2014
Greg Toler Picked off Nick Foles to End the 1st Half
The Eagles made a bid at a last-minute scoring drive after Doyle’s touchdown when Nick Foles lobbed a bomb toward the endzone intended for Jeremy Maclin. But the Colts’ Greg Toler had other thoughts. Toler made an acrobatic play to pick off the pass, enabling Luck to take a knee on the ensuing play and send Indianapolis into the locker room with a 17-6 lead.
The Colts Went for it on 4th Down on Came Away With a Touchdown
The Eagles were a play away from coming up with a big goal-line stand on the Colts’ first possession, but Indy took the lead when Ahmad Bradshaw scored on a 1-yard touchdown reception from Andrew Luck on 4th-and-goal.
The pass came a play after a 5-yard pass from Luck to Bradshaw that left Bradshaw down at the 1-yard-line. The score capped an impressive 9-play, 72-yard scoring drive.
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) September 16, 2014
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) September 16, 2014
The Eagles squandered an opportunity to score on the ensuing drive when Parkey missed a 38-yard-field goal attempt with 4:21 left in the quarter.
The Eagles Got on the Board Early
— Eagles Insider (@EaglesInsider) September 16, 2014
Nick Foles led the Birds on an 11-play, 69 yard drive to open the game, culminating in a 31-yard Cody Parkey field goal that put Philadelphia up 3-0 with 9:52 left in the first quarter.
Running Chip Kelly’s signature no-huddle offense, Foles was sharp on the drive, completing 5 of 7 passes for 68 yards.
The Birds ran almost exclusively passing plays out of the gate, with LeSean McCoy getting a mere 2 carries for a combined negative 4 yards on the opening drive.
As ESPN’s Mike Sando pointed out on Twitter, the Eagles wasted no time snapping the ball.
A look at #Eagles‘ tempo on first drive: averaged 20.4 seconds left on 40-second clock at snap for 1st 5 plays. Then 15, 13, 10 and 5.
— Mike Sando, ESPN.com (@SandoESPN) September 16, 2014
Josh Kaufman Nailed the National Anthem
Judging by the reaction on Twitter, Kaufman’s rendition was a hit.
Tell you what. @iamjoshkaufman just did a wonderful job with the National Anthem. Impressive.
— Eric Allen (@eallenjets) September 16, 2014
Best National Anthem I’ve heard in some time. Well done Josh Kaufman. #MNF
— Joshua Renken (@joshuarenken) September 16, 2014
— christal watson (@christal_meth) September 16, 2014
How to Watch on TV & Online
TV: ESPN has the telecast starting at 8:30 Eastern time. Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden and Lisa Salters have the call. The network’s pregame coverage starts with Monday Night Countdown at 6 p.m. Eastern.
You can watch the game online or on a mobile device as follows:
HOW TO WATCH ONLINE: If your cable subscription includes ESPN, you can watch the live stream of the game online for free at WatchESPN.com. You’ll need your cable log-in and password, or the log-in and password of someone you know.
HOW TO WATCH ON MOBILE: Mobile and tablet users can watch the game for free on the Watch ESPN app. As is the case with desktop, you’ll need the log-in for a cable subscription with access to ESPN. You can download the app for free in the App Store , the Google Play store, the Amazon App store or the Windows Store.