The Indianapolis Colts pulled to within two points, 21-19, Sunday night in Dallas entering the fourth quarter. Then the floodgates opened, and the Cowboys piled up points and forced turnovers, sprinting to a 54-19 victory.
Indy turned the ball over on four straight possessions in the final quarter. It started with a Mo Alie-Cox fumble returned for a TD by former Colts safety Malik Hooker. Then quarterback Matt Ryan threw his second and third interceptions of the night and topped this disaster sundae with a fumble.
The turnover issues have plagued Indy all season, but Sunday's epic deluge in primetime was another level of bad. For the season, the Colts have 26 turnovers, an NFL high.
"If you have 30 turnovers in a season, it's just so costly," receiver Parris Campbell said via the Associated Press. "Obviously, the record speaks for itself. That was just unacceptable."
If you went to bed at the start of the fourth quarter Sunday night, you might have expected to wake up to a tight box score. Instead, the turnovers led to a laugher, as the Cowboys scored 33 points in the fourth quarter. Dallas became the third team in NFL history to score that many points in the fourth quarter of a game (2007 Lions -- Week 4 vs. Chicago; 1925 Cardinals – Week 13 vs. the Badgers).