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Last updated on Monday, September 17, 2012
(Indianapolis, IN) - Adam Vinatieri kicked a 53-yard field goal with eight seconds remaining to give the Indianapolis Colts their first win of the year, a 23-20 victory over the Minnesota Vikings at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The Colts won despite being unable to hold a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter.
The Horseshoes built a 20-6 lead on the strength of a pair of Andrew Luck touchdown passes and a strong performance on defense.
The Vikings came back when Stephen Burton caught a deflected pass from Christian Ponder in the end zone with 5:07 left.
After the Colts gave up the ball two minutes later, Ponder found former Notre Dame tight end Kyle Rudolph from six yards out to tie the score with 31 seconds remaining. Luck drove the Colts 45 yards in 23 seconds to set up Vinatieri's game-winner.
Indianapolis evens its record at 1-1 heading to a home game with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. The Vikings fall to 1-1.
The Colts' depleted offensive line took another hit on Sunday as center Samson Satele left the game with an injury to his left knee late in the second quarter and did not return.
Mike McGlynn, who started the game at guard, moved to center with Trai Essex making his Indianapolis debut by replacing McGlynn at right guard.
The Colts started the game down two starters on the line with tackle Winston Justice sidelined by a concussion and guard Joe Reitz nursing a knee injury.
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