Colts: Vinatieri honored, Melvin continues to impress, Brissett showing he belongs

The Indianapolis Colts (2-3) needed overtime to defeat the unbeaten San Francisco 49ers (0-5) on Sunday afternoon at Lucas Oil Stadium. After the Colts jumped ahead 23-9 with a little more than eight minutes left to play, San Francisco rallied to even the score in the final seconds to force overtime.

After trading possessions in overtime, Indianapolis — with the help of rookie running back Marlon Mack — was able to get into field goal position to set up Adam Vinatieri for a game-winner. Vinatieri drilled the 51-yarder to give the Colts their second victory of the season.

On Adam Vinatieri:

Following the win, the NFL awarded Vinatieri with AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors, the 17th time in his career Vinatieri has taken home the award. Below is what the NFL had to say about the future Hall of Fame kicker:

Adam Vinatieri’s clutch performance (stop us if you’ve heard that before) allowed him to take home AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors. Vinatieri not only connected on the game-winning 51-yard kick that lifted the Colts to a 26-23 win over the San Francisco 49ers but he

On Rashaan Melvin, cornerback:

Melvin, who has stepped up for the Colts at the cornerback position opposite teammate Vontae Davis, continues to do his part on defense. While Melvin was not recognized this week, he has already received some recognition this season, earning a spot on Pro Football Focus’ Week 2 Team of the Week. Melvin grades among the top playmakers at cornerback through five weeks, according to PFF.

On Jacoby Brissett:

Brissett provided Colts fans with another emotional roller-coaster of an outing on Sunday. The young quarterback has shown flashes of his potential, but has also proved his mortality at times. Never was that more apparent than his overtime interception in the redzone during overtime on Sunday.

Indianapolis was going for what would have been the game-winning touchdown in overtime until Brissett threw a pass — intended for tight end Darrell Daniels — into the hands of San Francisco defender Ray-Ray Armstrong in the end zone. Brissett caught a break as the Colts still prevailed.

Despite Brissett’s inconsistencies, he ranks among the elite QBs in the NFL in passing downfield. Needless to say, Brissett has been a solid replacement at quarterback for Indy while Luck remains on the mend from shoulder surgery.

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