Luck leads Colts to statement win

Associated Press  |  Last updated October 07, 2012
All Andrew Luck and Reggie Wayne wanted to do was honor coach Chuck Pagano the best way they knew how - by winning. The two biggest playmakers on Indy's offense teamed up in the second half, wiping out an 18-point halftime deficit and hooking up on a 4-yard TD pass with 35 seconds left that gave the Colts a stunning 30-27 victory over Green Bay. It was a wild finish to an emotionally challenging week, and a win interim coach Bruce Arians called the greatest he's ever been around. When the Colts returned to work Monday, following their bye, they learned Pagano had been diagnosed with leukemia and was being treated in a hospital. On Friday, they received an email from their coach urging them to focus on getting to .500 - rather than trying too hard to win one for the coach who celebrated his 52nd birthday Tuesday. ''My condition will not determine my position. I understand the condition but choose to focus on my position. That is to stay positive and serve. We will, we can, we must. We have no choice. By any means necessary. We will overcome.'' Wayne and Luck took the message personally and delivered in a way Pagano wanted with clutch plays. Luck finished 31 of 55 for a career-high 362 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception. Wayne caught 13 passes for a career-high 212 yards and the game-winning score. Things sure weren't easy for Indy (2-2), which had to dig itself out from a 21-3 halftime deficit. In the final 30 minutes, the Colts got chances and took advantage. Luck threw an 8-yard TD pass to Dwayne Allen, then set up Adam Vinatieri for a 50-yard field goal to make it 21-13 midway through the third quarter. The Colts were just getting started. Luck scored on a 3-yard run with 18 seconds left to get the Colts within 21-19. A few minutes later, the Colts took their first lead on Vinatieri's 28-yard field goal. That's when Aaron Rodgers jump-stared the Green Bay offense. Alex Green ran 41 yards on the Packers' first play, and Rodgers threw an 8-yard TD pass to James Jones on the next one, giving Green Bay (2-3) a 27-22 lead with 4:30 left. But Luck had one more chance and he wasn't going to disappoint his biggest fan. The rookie quarterback marched Indianapolis 80 yards in 13 plays, converting three third-down chances before hooking up with Wayne for the decisive score. Green Bay had a chance to force overtime, but Mason Crosby missed a 51-yard field goal to the left - a miss that set off a wild celebration on the Colts' sideline. Rodgers was 21 of 33 for 243 yards with three touchdowns and one interception.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Belichick wants to coach at least five more years, outlast Brady

Report: Bears likely to cut Cutler, focus on trading for Garoppolo

Jeanie Buss apologizes to Lakers fans for not firing brother sooner

Manfred blames MLBPA for no significant rule changes in 2017

Report: Zach Britton has potential oblique injury

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

The Rock returns to WWE, leaves CM Punk a voicemail after 'Raw'

After outfield collision, Ichiro pranks teammate and claims he’s been cut

Simeon Rice gets vulgar with radio host over HOF debate

Ronda Rousey to be guest star on NBC’s ‘Blindspot’

Lakers replace Jim Buss with Magic Johnson, fire Kupchak

Report: James Harrison, Steelers share mutual interest in 2017 return

Box Score 2/22: Not everyone is happy with the new intentional walk rule

Nintendo is finally, thankfully embracing sports and eSports

The 'Did the Kings just make the Pelicans into a super team?' quiz

Will the Timberwolves start showcasing their potential?

'Playmakers' in Ice Cube's league who can help the Cavs

Box Score 2/21: It's trade heartbreak season

The guard tandems you'd want in a 2-on-2 tournament

We got our hands on the new Nintendo Switch, here are our first impressions

Top 10 second basemen in baseball for 2017

Teams and players who could be dealing at the NBA trade deadline

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

Baseball movies you can stream now to hold you over until Opening Day

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

QUIZ: Name every MLB pitcher to win the MVP award

Nintendo is finally, thankfully embracing sports and eSports

The 'Did the Kings just make the Pelicans into a super team?' quiz

Will the Timberwolves start showcasing their potential?

'Playmakers' in Ice Cube's league who can help the Cavs

QUIZ: Name every MLB pitcher to win 100 games with two different teams

The guard tandems you'd want in a 2-on-2 tournament

We got our hands on the new Nintendo Switch, here are our first impressions

Top 10 second basemen in baseball for 2017

Teams, players who could be dealing at the NBA trade deadline

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker