Adam Vinatieri
© Kirby Lee | 2019 Sep 8
Adam Vinatieri © Kirby Lee | 2019 Sep 8

Lucky horseshoe, eh?

Two weeks after losing Andrew Luck to retirement, the Jacoby Brissett-led Colts did enough to pull off a huge road upset against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Well, except the one guy they perhaps felt they could count on even more than Luck.

Future Hall of Famer Adam Vinatieri missed an extra point and a field goal in each half — points the Colts sorely missed in storming back from a 15-point deficit midway through the third quarter to force overtime, where the Chargers won the toss and drove 75 yards for the game-winning touchdown.

Brissett rung up a 120.7 rating in a cool and clean start to the post-Luck era, finding T.Y. Hilton with both of his touchdowns, and Marlon Mack beasted behind his beastly offensive line to 174 yards and a score on 25 carries.

Everyone did their part … except the 46-year-old with the pair of Super Bowl game-winners, whose return for a 13th season in Indianapolis and 24th overall in his Hall of Famer career was in question after a pair of misses in last year’s playoffs.

Vinatieri's first miss was an extra point following the Colts' first touchdown, making the score 7-6 early in the second quarter. He then missed a 46-yard FG attempt with three seconds remaining that would have cut the lead to 17-10 entering halftime, before pushing his final attempt — from 29 early in the fourth quarter — wide left. The Colts would then drive following a spectacular Malik Hooker interception on the subsequent series 80 yards, capped by Brissett to Hilton with only seconds remaining, to force an overtime they wouldn't have required had Vinatieri been his usual clutch self.

So much for the arrival of the season signaling the end of the questions' regarding the Colts luck.