The Indianapolis Colts forced the unbeaten Carolina Panthers to overtime and had a three-point lead before Graham Gano kicked two field goals, the latter from 52 yards after a Colts turnover, to deliver a 29-26 overtime win at home on Monday Night Football.
A third consecutive loss drops the Colts to 3-5. The Panthers improved to 7-0.
Carolina led 23-6 early in the fourth quarter before Colts quarterback Andrew Luck threw touchdown passes to Andre Johnson and Coby Fleener then Adam Vinatieri kicked a 24-yard field goal to force overtime. Vinatieri then delivered with a 50-yard field goal in overtime to give the Colts a 23-20 lead.
The Colts had four turnovers, three of them Luck interceptions.
"It's my problem," Luck said of his 13 turnovers this season, "and it's hurting the team."
It's the first time in Colts head coach Chuck Pagano's four seasons his team has lost three consecutive games. The Colts return home Sunday to host Peyton Manning and the unbeaten Denver Broncos (7-0).
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