The Colts weren’t particularly sharp, and they left the game even more banged up on defense than they already were.
But hey, it’s a win, and when you only had one to begin with, you take it.
The Colts got a fourth-down stop on the deceptively effective Brian Hoyer, beating the Bears 29-23 to improve to 2-3.
They got five field goals from Adam Vinatieri, and need them all when Hoyer pushed them late. While he didn’t get the win, it was the kind of performance that could allow him to keep the job when Jay Cutler (thumb) gets well.
Hoyer was a clean 33-of-43 passing for 397 yards and two touchdowns, and gave the Bears (1-4) a lead in the fourth quarter. But after the Colts reclaimed the lead, wide receiver Cameron Meredith’s fumble (the only turnover of the game) allowed the Colts to dodge a bullet at home.
Andrew Luck threw for 322 yards and two touchdowns and wide receiver T.Y. Hilton had 10 catches for 171 yards and a touchdown, scoring for the third straight game.
But the Colts had to sweat it out late, with a pair of cornerbacks on the sideline. Patrick Robinson left with a knee injury and Darius Butler was in and out of the late stages of the game, after dealing with a hamstring strain lately.