Packers at Colts score: Four takeaways help Indy edge Aaron Rodgers in overtime

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Aaron Rodgers threw three touchdowns and had little trouble driving against the Indianapolis Colts' highly regarded defense for long stretches of Sunday's cross-conference affair. But four turnovers doomed Green Bay in crunch time, with Philip Rivers and Co. overcoming a multi-score deficit to steal a 34-31 victory in overtime. The Colts improve to 7-3 with the Week 11 win, while the Packers fall to the same record while remaining atop the NFC North.

Here are some immediate takeaways from Sunday's big Indy victory:

Why the Colts won

They did exactly what they needed to do: Run the ball and play good defense. Green Bay's front was no match for Jonathan Taylor and Jordan Wilkins, who combined for over 110 yards on the ground and consistently kept the ball -- and clock -- rolling in Indy's favor. More importantly, the "D," which was far from perfect and surrendered plenty of quick-strike throws from Aaron Rodgers early on, stepped up when it mattered most, forcing three fumbles and picking off Rodgers to keep Green Bay from icing away its halftime lead. The most underrated reason of all: Philip Rivers was really good. Yes, he had a few of his trademark head-scratchers, but 288 yards and three TDs in a shootout with Rodgers? He looked calm and confident in a big game.

Why the Packers lost

Their offense died at halftime. Up 21-7 and 28-14 at different points in the first half, Green Bay refused to sustain momentum in the latter two quarters by either coughing up the ball at inopportune times or collapsing on the ground, where Aaron Jones got just 10 carries. Things weren't much better on the other side of the ball. Za'Darius Smith had a nice sack that probably could've been a forced fumble and/or defensive touchdown, and the secondary had a couple of near-picks against Rivers. But it also gave up a handful of big plays and let Rivers spread the ball all over the field, with seven different Colts players hauling in at least two passes.

Turning point

Tie game. Fourth quarter. The Colts had just kicked a field goal to knot it up at 28. And then, on the ensuing kickoff, the Packers' Darrius Shepherd coughed up the ball. Indianapolis took over at the Packers' 28 and proceeded to take the lead with a 43-yard field goal. Green Bay eventually sent the game to OT, but that swing of momentum tilted things permanently in the Colts' favor.

Play of the game

It's got to be Rock Ya-Sin's pick of Rodgers, with the Colts corner practically bursting through the air to steal the ball:

What's next

The Colts (7-3) will be back at home the Sunday after Thanksgiving for a Week 12 rematch with the Tennessee Titans (7-3), who just topped the Baltimore Ravens. The Packers (7-3), meanwhile, will return to Lambeau for a "Sunday Night Football" showdown with their rival Chicago Bears (5-5), who are coming off their bye week.

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Season Leaders

passing
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A. Rodgers 4299 YD, 48 TDS, 5 INTS
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A. Rodgers 4299 YD, 48 TDS, 5 INTS
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P. Rivers 4169 YD, 24 TDS, 11 INTS
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P. Rivers 4169 YD, 24 TDS, 11 INTS
rushing
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A. Jones 201 ATT, 1104 YD, 9 TDS
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A. Jones 201 ATT, 1104 YD, 9 TDS
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J. Taylor 232 ATT, 1169 YD, 11 TDS
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J. Taylor 232 ATT, 1169 YD, 11 TDS
receiving
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D. Adams 115 REC, 1374 YD, 18 TDS
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D. Adams 115 REC, 1374 YD, 18 TDS
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T. Hilton 56 REC, 762 YD, 5 TDS
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T. Hilton 56 REC, 762 YD, 5 TDS
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Packers coast down the field but can't quite push it in. Mason Crosby's 26-yard field goal sends this one, presumably, to overtime.

November 23, 2020, 12:39 AM
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November 23, 2020, 12:35 AM

Refs overturn the fumble, ruling that Rivers' hand/arm was going forward. Tough call when Rivers throws side-armed all the time. Packers get the ball back anyway after the punt, but a big overturn.

November 23, 2020, 12:33 AM
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November 23, 2020, 12:33 AM

Packers pass rush finally steps up and gets to Rivers, who appears to fumble. Christian Kirksey gets his second takeaway of the day and returns it all the way for the touchdown. Play is under review, though.

November 23, 2020, 12:31 AM

Frank Reich gets bold and goes for it on fourth-and-four. It pays off. Colts convert. Packers running out of time.

November 23, 2020, 12:26 AM
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November 23, 2020, 12:15 AM
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November 23, 2020, 12:15 AM

That could be the game. Aaron Rodgers can't connect with Jamaal Williams on the fourth-and-one play-action. Colts take over, up three, with about three minutes to play.

November 23, 2020, 12:15 AM

Rodrigo Blankenship connects on his third of four field goal tries tonight, and the Colts are now ahead. They've scored 17 unanswered since the break and now lead it 31-28.

November 23, 2020, 12:04 AM

Jonathan Taylor breaks off a huge run up the middle and scores, but a holding call negates the go-ahead touchdown. Second Colts rushing TD called back tonight.

November 23, 2020, 12:02 AM

Packers are begging the Colts to take this. Darrius Shepherd coughs up the ball on the kick return, and it's Indy's possession. This might be the play that swings the game.

November 22, 2020, 11:59 PM
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