Colts’ player of the game vs. Eagles: DE Yannick Ngakoue

They almost had it.

Jeff Saturday almost did the impossible in beating the one-loss Philadelphia Eagles at home in a tough, hard-fought battle. The 17-16 final shows that this team’s ability to stay in games can help them going forward, especially on the defensive side of the ball.

Gus Bradley’s unit was led by defensive end Yannick Ngakoue.

The defensive end finished with 1.5 sacks on the day, combining with Zaire Franklin on the second. One of his sacks was a strip sack against Jalen Hurts.

He also added three total tackles to his performance which helped stop Philadelphia’s elite rushing attack.

Ngakoue continues to be a force on the edge and a leader for the relatively young defensive unit. Hopefully, he can keep going on that path as the Colts try to finish the season on a high note.

Story originally appeared on Colts Wire