Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/16/12

INDIANAPOLIS --?The Minnesota Vikings owned the fourth quarter, but Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri had the last word.

Vinatieri kicked a 53-yard field goal with eight seconds left to give the Colts a 23-20 win over the Vikings on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium. It was the first win for Colts coach Chuck Pagano and rookie quarterback Andrew Luck.

The Colts'?winning drive came after Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder had led Minnesota to two touchdowns in the last 10 minutes of the game to tie it 20-20 after the Colts had led most of the way.

Luck hit passes to wide receivers Donnie Avery and Reggie Wayne in the final 30 seconds to set up Vinatieri's field goal. Luck finished with 20 of 31 passing for 224 yards and two touchdowns. Avery caught nine passes for 111 yards and Wayne six for 71.

Ponder was 26 of 34 for 226 yards and two scores. Percy Harvin caught 12 passes for 104 yards. Adrian Peterson rushed 16 times for 60 yards.

Ponder threw touchdown passes to Stephen Burton (off a twice-tipped ball) with 5:07 left and Kyle Rudolph with 31 seconds left to tie the game 20-20.

Luck's most impressive drive, prior to helping set up the game-winner, came after the Colts defense stuffed the Vikings and forced a punt late in the first half.

Luck drove the Colts 64 yards in 64 seconds, hitting Reggie Wayne on a 30-yard touchdown pass for a 17-6 lead. As he did in most of the Colts' scoring drives, Luck sensed pressure and avoided it on the pass to Wayne as well as a scramble and run that preceded it.

The Colts pushed their lead to 20-6 on a 14-play, nearly 8-minute drive that ended with a 45-yard Vinatieri field goal to open the third quarter.

Minnesota assured the game of a tense finish, however, when Ponder, liberally using wide receiver Harvin, directed a drive to make it a one-score game with 5:07 left.

The Vikings' touchdown to cut the lead to 20-13 came when Ponder's seven-yard pass was tipped by Colts defensive end Cory Redding, then batted by Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph before being caught by wide receiver Burton.

The Colts offense stalled much of the second half after center Samson Satele went down with a knee injury and a makeshift offensive line struggled to contain the Vikings' pass rush. The Colts punted on four possessions before the final drive.

Notes: Colts wide receiver Austin Collie was inactive. He practiced earlier in the week, but medical team held him out. He has not played since concussion in preseason. ...?Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney (ankle) was also inactive. ...?Colts tight end Dwayne Allen's touchdown reception in the first quarter was also his first NFL reception.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Pelicans sign veteran G Jarrett Jack

Carmelo Anthony does not understand direction of Knicks

Ricky Rubio opens up about ‘tough’ buildup to trade deadline

Chiefs sign RB C.J. Spiller

Shaq gets into epic Twitter brawl with JaVale McGee

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Ben Simmons won’t play for the Sixers this season

Chad Kelly might show up to combine despite not being invited

Teams could not get in touch with Phil Jackson before trade deadline

Gronk: Roger Goodell not welcome at Gillette Stadium

Felony warrant issued for Creighton point guard Maurice Watson Jr.

Vikings GM would trade for Sam Bradford again in a ‘minisecond’

Eat, Drink, Watch: Your award-worthy weekend planning guide

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

Box Score 2/24: A night of NBA disrespect

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

The 'Pete Rose instead of Kareem? Surely, you can't be serious' quiz

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

Teams that can prevent a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals three-peat

The NFL off-season is a passer’s fancy

The Aesthetic: Pushing the boundaries of the three-pointer

NBA coaches who should be fired soon

The top 10 MLB third basemen heading into spring training

Nintendo is finally, thankfully embracing sports and eSports

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Eat, Drink, Watch: Your award-worthy weekend planning guide

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

The 'Pete Rose instead of Kareem? Surely, you can't be serious' quiz

Teams that can prevent a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals three-peat

The NFL off-season is a passer’s fancy

QUIZ: Name every MLB pitcher who has recorded 10 or more shutouts in a single season

The top 10 MLB third basemen heading into spring training

The Aesthetic: Pushing the boundaries of the three-pointer

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker