Colts’ Philip Rivers reacts to pair of interceptions in season opener
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Philip Rivers had a rather philosophical take on football and life after throwing a pair of interceptions in the team’s Week 1 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.
Rivers lamented the fact he lamented missing an open receiver for a potential touchdown on one of the throws, though he added he hopes to reset ahead of Week 2:
”It applied the other day in the game, after an interception, shoot, after that first-drive touchdown,” Rivers said, via Michael Marot of the Associated Press. ”That touchdown’s gone and we have to begin again. I do think it (the philosophy) resonates in this locker room, and I think it resonates in life in general. You’re always beginning again.”
Rivers actually had a successful Colts debut, for the most part.
The veteran completed 36 of his 46 pass attempts for 363 yards and a touchdown, and also showed a nice rapport with former first-round pick Parris Campbell. But the interceptions essentially cost Indianapolis the game.
Rivers’ first interception came with the Colts leading 7-0 at the start of the second quarter. He thought he had T.Y. Hilton on an out route, but rookie Jags cornerback C.J. Henderson got a break on the ball and returned it 22 yards back into Colts territory, setting up a Jaguars touchdown drive.
The second interception again came in Colts territory, this time with just over four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.
Rivers tried to find Campbell on a crossing route, but completely overlooked Andrew Wingard in zone coverage. Jacksonville kicked a field goal, and Indy’s ensuing game-tying drive came up short.
However, Rivers is trying to take the good with the bad and move forward as the Colts hope to get a win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.