It was the Colts who struck first in the second quarter however, as Jacoby Brissett took his offense’s third possession starting at the 50-yard line or better down field for their third score on like drives. The scoring drive was capped off by Tampa area legend Marlon Mack, who punched the ball over the goal line from two-yards out.
Playing their first full quarter without injured star Mike Evans, Winston came out trying to pick up his own play while trying to regain the lead before hitting halftime. Losing left tackle Donovan Smith seriously hindered those efforts however.
On 3rd and 10 play on the Colts’ 23-yard line Winston targeted an open slant route, but was outwitted by Indianapolis linebacker Darius Leonard who intercepted the pass and returned it all the way back for a pick-six.
The score gave the Colts a 24-14 lead as the Buccaneers hit the newest low of today’s roller coaster ride.
With Indianapolis getting the ball to start the second half, it was extremely important the Buccaneers get back on the scoreboard before hitting the locker room. To do so, Winston orchestrated a 75-yard drive in the final two and a half minutes of the half, capped off with a touchdown pass to Cameron Brate.
The score made the game a 24-17 Colts holding the lead, but Jacoby Brissett wasn’t happy to wait for the second half. Instead, he threw a 50-yard bomb to Marcus Johnson, who caught the early touchdown for Indianapolis. A roughing the passer penalty moved the ball even closer and after a crazy fourth and one conversion by Brissett, the Colts added three points off the leg of Chase McLaughlin to take a 27-17 lead into the locker room.
Whew! Feels like a game full of theatrics, but it’s only been one half. Stick here, as the second half promises to bring even more.