Indianapolis Colts cornerback Stephon Gilmore was caught off guard by Sunday’s Week 1 game ending in a tie against the Houston Texans, and Twitter had a lot to say.
The Colts and Texans played to a 20-20 tie at NRG Stadium in Week 1, thanks largely to kicker Rodrigo Blankenship missing a game-winning 42-yarder in the extra frame. The game marked the first NFL tie since the Detroit Lions and Pittsburgh Steelers played to a 16-16 draw in Week 10 last year.
On Wednesday morning, Gilmore told “Good Morning Football” on NFL Network that he was prepared for an extra overtime frame. The Super Bowl 53 champion apparently forgot that regular season games end in ties if no winner is decided after the first overtime frame.
As one could guess, Gilmore’s admission led to plenty of hilarious reactions from the Twitter world.
The soon-to-be 32-year-old Gilmore signed a $23 million pact over two years with the Colts in free agency, following a brief stint with the Carolina Panthers in 2021. In Week 1, the 2019 Defensive Player of the Year posted three tackles.
On one hand, Indianapolis was fortunate to salvage a tie against Houston, as they needed 17 unanswered points in the fourth quarter just to force OT. On the other hand, Blankenship’s missed field goal in overtime cost Indianapolis their first 1-0 start in nine years.
The Colts subsequently released Blankenship from the roster, and they proceeded to sign both Lucas Havrisik and Chase McLaughlin to their practice squad. The Colts will aim for their first win of 2022 when they visit the Jacksonville Jaguars, whom Indianapolis hasn’t defeated on the road since 2014.
As for Lovie Smith’s Texans, they’ll try to retain the top spot in the AFC South when they visit Russell Wilson and the Denver Broncos on Sunday afternoon.