Cornerbacks Vontate Davis, Greg Toler and Dadius Butler were all hurt, although Davis and Butler both returned to the game. Safety Delano Howell left with a shoulder/neck injury and did not return.
Punter Pat McAfee got off to a slow start kicking the ball but he made up for it. McAfee averaged 47.1 yards on nine total punts and had six kicks downed inside the Broncos' 20. That helped the Colts defense pins Denver deep in its own territory for much of the game.
He also had the tackle of the night as he slammed Broncos return specialist Trinton Holliday to the turf after a 56-yard return late in the first quarter. The hit became YouTube sensation before halftime.
COLTS 39, BRONCOS 33
Broncos 7 7 3 16—33
Colts 10 16 7 6—39
D — Eric Decker 17 pass from Peyton Manning (Matt Prater kick), 8:16.
I — Adam Vinatieri 27 field goal, 4:05.
I — Darius Heyward-Bey 11 pass from Andrew Luck (Vinatieri kick), 1:20.
D — Julius Thomas 12 pass from Manning (Prater kick), 11:56.
I — Safety, Manning fumble goes out of end zone, 8:52.
I — Stanley Havili 20 pass from Luck (Vinatieri kick), 5:50.
I — Coby Fleener 8 pass from Luck (Vinatieri kick), :10.
I — Luck 10 run (Vinatieri kick), 5:00.
D — Prater 31 field goal, :42.
I — Vinatieri 52 field goal, 12:59.
D — Demaryius Thomas 31 pass from Manning (pass failed), 12:11.
D — Knowshon Moreno 1 run (Prater kick), 8:44.
I — Vinatieri 42 field goal, 5:57.
D — Prater 47 field goal, :12.