Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was en route to his 18th come-from-behind win Sunday versus the Bengals, but a fumble by tight end Jack Doyle in the final minute spoiled his day.
With less than a minute on the clock, Luck found Doyle, who reached Cincinnati’s 15-yard line before fumbling the ball and ultimately spoiling Luck’s return. The Bengals took the game 34-23.
“It was third and over 10 yards, I recognize that, and my route calls for about 10 yard routes — I was trying to transition there and didn’t put the ball away and that’s what happens when you don’t put the ball away in the NFL,” Doyle told reporters after the game. “I know that and can’t let that happen.”
Hear #Colts TE Jack Doyle’s explanation on the fumble. Plenty of coverage of today’s opener at https://t.co/33Ugb8JEvw #CINvsIND pic.twitter.com/EbHK9Sm5KE
— Clark Wade (@ClarkWade34) September 9, 2018
Luck, who missed all of the 2017 season as he rehabbed from offseason shoulder surgery, finished the game 39-for-53 passing with 319 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. He connected with Doyle seven times for 60 yards.
Andy Dalton helped lead the Bengals to victory, hitting 21-of-28 passes for 243 yards, with two touchdowns and an interception.