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Game recap: Colts hold off Buccaneers 27-20 to move above .500

The Indianapolis Colts host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in NFL Week 12 action.

The Colts (5-5) are coming off their bye week, but the much of the chatter around the team this week surrounded team owner Jim Irsay, who made some eyebrow-raising comments in an HBO interview, and former All-Pro linebacker Shaquille Leonard, who was released in the wake of back surgeries and a subsequent diminished role.

The Buccaneers (4-6) are coming off a loss to San Francisco in which their league-worst rushing game continued to struggle and opposing quarterback Brock Purdy did just about anything he wanted. Tampa Bay will be without a couple of key defensive players, including linebacker Lavonte David.

Joel. A. Erickson, Nate Atkins and Gregg Doyel are your best Colts follows, and they will have observations throughout the game. Please hit refresh for the latest scores and highlights.

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Final: Colts 27, Bucs 20

Gardner Minshew completes 24-of-41 passes for 251 yards with 1 interception. Michael Pittman Jr. has 10 catches for 107 yards.

Jonathan Taylor carries 15 times for 91 yards and 2 touchdowns, while Zack Moss adds 55 rushing yards on 8 carries.

Baker Mayfield completes 20-of-30 passes for 199 yards and 2 touchdowns to Mike Evans, but the Colts sack him 6 times, the last one forcing a late turnover that decides the outcome.

The Colts (6-5) are staying close to the Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans in the AFC South, and they visit the Tennessee Titans in Week 13 action.

1:29 left 4Q: Colts force a turnover

Samson Ebukam strips Baker Mayfield of the ball, and Dayo Odeyingbo falls on it at the Tampa Bay 38.

2:21 left 4Q: Bucs have a chance

The Colts have a bad possession and punt. Tampa Bay takes over at its 35.

4:10 left 4Q: Bucs get a field goal

The Colts sack Baker Mayfield twice after Tampa Bay gets inside the 5, forcing Chase McLaughlin's 24-yard field goal. Rachaad White carries for 38 yards to Indy's 29. White is up to 96 rushing yards. Colts 27, Bucs 20

7:30 left 4Q: Jonathan Taylor scores again

Jonathan Taylor is having his best 2nd half of the season. He scores from 1 yard -- his second TD today -- and is up to 66 yards on 12 carries. Zack Moss has 55 rushing yards. Colts 27, Bucs 17

LB Zaire Franklin is in as a fullback on 4th down. Gardner Minshew goes play-action, passing to Mo Alie-Cox for 30 yards.

12:50 left 4Q: Mike Evans scores again

Baker Mayfield hits Mike Evans for 23 yards, giving Evans his second TD today. He has 19 career games with multiple TDs. Mayfield connects with Chris Godwin for 19 yards on a 4th-down play. Colts 20, Bucs 17

1:46 left 3Q: Colts fail on downs

The Colts don't go for another 58-yard field goal opportunity, and Gardner Minshew's pass to Josh Downs is broken up. Bucs take over at their 40.

6:09 left 3Q: Colts stop the Bucs

Tampa Bay drives into Colts territory, but a Tyquan Lewis sack and a Bucs drop force a punt. The Colts will resume from their 20.

10:10 left 3Q: Colts extend their lead

The drive starts promisingly before stalling. Matt Gay connects from 36 yards. Colts 20, Bucs 10

Halftime: Colts 17, Bucs 10

The Colts reel off 17 straight points before mistakes allow Tampa Bay to get back in it. Matt Gay's 58-yard field goal try bounces off the left upright on the final play of the half.

Gardner Minshew was alternately brilliant and terrible, going 13-of-25 for 139 yards, with a rushing touchdown and an interception. Jonathan Taylor also rushes for 30 yards on 4 carries with a TD. Michael Pittman Jr. has 6 catches for 79 yards.

Tampa Bay QB Baker Mayfield briefly leaves the game with an ankle tweak in the first quarter but returns, going 10-of-16 for 85 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT. Mike Evans has 3 catches for 24 yards, including that TD.

Tampa Bay's league-worst rushing attack gets going late in the first half and has 51 yards. The Colts have rushed for 61 yards.

4:40 left 2Q: Colts go 3-and-out

Bucs take over at their 22 after Rigoberto Sanchez's 54-yard punt. The Colts are fortunate Antoine Winfield Jr. doesn't intercept Minshew on 3rd down.

5:08 left 2Q: Buccaneers take advantage of turnover

Baker Mayfield hits Mike Evans from 1 yard. Colts 17, Bucs 10

This is the play before, with Purdue rookie Payne Durham "Mossing" Darrell Baker Jr.

6:33 left 2Q: Carlton Davis intercepts Gardner Minshew

Minshew and Josh Downs aren't on the same page on that play. The Bucs have it at the Colts 16-yard line.

9:26 left 2Q: Gardner Minshew runs it in

The QB runs right from 2 yards. Minshew hits Michael Pittman Jr. for 24 yards on a 4th-and-1 early in the drive. Colts 17, Bucs 3

14:55 left 2Q: Colts defense extends touchdown-less streak

Samson Ebukam gets sack No. 5 for the season and forces a Bucs 3-and-out. Indy has not allowed the opposition a touchdown for 17 straight drives.

:11 left 1Q: Jonathan Taylor churns for a touchdown

He runs for 17 yards to get to the 4, and follows it up with the scoring run. Colts 10, Bucs 3

Watch Taylor keep his legs moving.

1:49 left 1Q: Ronnie Harrison intercepts Baker Mayfield

Ronnie Harrison, who replaced Shaquille Leonard on the roster, gets the pick and the Colts start at Tampa Bay's 41.

3:01 left 1Q: Colts tie Buccaneers

Gardner Minshew connects on his first 5 passes but the Colts stall and settle for Matt Gay's 46-yard field goal. Colts 3, Bucs 3

7:28 1Q: Buccaneers score but maybe lose quarterback

Chase McLaughlin connects on a 22-yard field goal. Bucs 3, Colts 0

Baker Mayfield is injured after failing on an quarterback sneak at the Colts 1. Kyle Trask comes in and throws his first pass of the season, which falls incomplete.

Tampa Bay is picking on Colts CB Jaylon Jones with 3 passes to Mike Evans.

Colts inactives

The Colts ruled out G Arlington Hambright, LB Cam McGrone, WR Juwann Winfree, C Ryan Kelly, TE Drew Ogletree and CB JuJu Brents.

Buccaneers inactives

The Bucs ruled out LB Cam Gill, DL Mike Greene, RB Ke'Shawn VAugh, T Brandon Walton, QB John Woford, LB Lavante David and CB Jamel Dean.

Is the Lucas Oil Stadium roof open?

The roof is closed today.

What channel are the Colts on vs. the Bucs?

TV: 1 p.m. ET Sunday on CBS, with Spero Dedes (play-by-play), Adam Archuleta (analysis) and Amanda Renner (sideline reporting)

Radio: 93.5, 97.1, 107.5 FM in Indianapolis, with Matt Taylor (play-by-play), Rick Venturi (analysis), Larra Overton (sideline reporting)

Streaming: SiriusXM Channels 226 and 813, ESPN+, Fubo, Paramount+, Sling, Dish, Amazon, NFL+

Are the Colts favored against the Buccaneers?

via BetMGM

Favorite: Colts by 2.5 points (Colts are 6-4 against the spread, covering their past 2 games; Bucs are 7-3 ATS, covering their past 4 games)

Over/under: 45.5 total points (6 Colts games have gone over, 4 under, including their past 2; 2 Bucs games have gone over, 8 under)

Moneyline: Colts -145, Buccaneers +120

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