Jacoby Brissett’s fast start helps Colts hold off Falcons

Jacoby Brissett’s fast start helps Colts hold off Falcons”

Neal had to be carted off after the play, and the broadcast confirmed that the injury was to his Achilles tendon, which ruled him out for the game and could cost him the rest of the season.

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett opened the game by completing his first 16 passes, including one for a touchdown, before throwing an incompletion on second-and-goal from the Atlanta 3-yard line.

But the Falcons flipped the script in the second half. That said, the Falcons need to do something to get off of the snide when it comes to battling the Colts, because the latter owns the series record with a 14-2 lapping of the birds. He passed John Elway for ninth on the league's career completion list and broke a tie with Elway for No. 11 on the career TD passes list.

Matt Ryan threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Austin Hooper with 10:30 left in the third quarter, No. 301 of his career.

Brissett is now 19 of 24 for 197 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. Atlanta's secondary was playing well over the first two weeks, but if Neal's out for the year his loss is a huge blow for Atlanta's playoff hopes.

The Colts kicker drew gasps then cheers when he banked in a 49-yard field goal off the left upright to start the game.

But here we are, talking about Vinatieri again because, well, how can you avoid it, especially after he made 5-of-5 kicks (two fields goals and three extra points) in the Colts' 27-24 home victory over the Falcons?

Colts: stay home to face Oakland next Sunday.

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