Found December 09, 2012 on
Fox Sports Tennessee:
INDIANAPOLIS -- Andrew Luck and Adam Vinatieri are at it again.
The rookie quarterback led the Colts back from a 13-point second-half deficit Sunday, and the veteran kicker made a 53-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to give Indianapolis the lead and a 40-yarder a little later to seal a 27-23 victory over Tennessee.
Luck has now engineered six fourth-quarter comebacks this season, and Indy (9-4) is 8-1 in one-possession games. And Vinatieri, long considered the best clutch kicker in league history, delivered again as the surprising Colts moved a step closer to making the playoffs with coach Chuck Pagano watching his third straight game from inside Lucas Oil Stadium.
Tennessee (4-9) dropped to 0-5 all-time at Lucas Oil Stadium and wasted a brilliant first-half performance from Jake Locker.
Luck certainly did his part Sunday. He went 16 of 34 for 196 yards and one touchdown. And despite throwing two interceptions, he broke Peyton Manning's franchise record for yards passing by a rookie. Luck now has 3,792 yards, the second most by a rookie in league history behind only Cam Newton (4,051).
Reggie Wayne caught six passes for 64 yards and Indy's first score, a 4-yard TD catch in the first half, and he passed Andre Reed for 10th on the league's career receptions list. Reed had 951. Wayne now has 956.
And Vick Ballard ran for a season-high 94 yards.
It was the way Indy opened the second half that changed the game.
Luck led the Colts on a methodical 14-play, 80-yard drive that ended with a 1-yard TD run from Delone Carter, closing the halftime deficit to 20-14 midway through the third quarter.
But it wasn't just Luck and the offense.
After Pat McAfee sent a 52-yard punt out of bounds at the Titans 1, Cassius Vaughn jumped in front of Nate Washington, picking off Locker's pass and diving in from 3 yards out to give Indy a 21-20 lead with 5:36 left in the third quarter.
Tennessee answered with a 16-play drive that consumed 10 minutes, 8 seconds, but wound up settling for a 25-yard field goal from Rob Bironas. That gave Tennessee a 23-21 lead with 10:28 to play.
Luck then led the Colts back down the field, setting up Vinatieri's 53-yarder, which he knocked right down the middle with 6:23 to go.
And after Locker was picked off by Darius Butler, Vinatieri made the 40-yarder.
Tennessee had one last chance, but after picking up a first down at the Colts 30, Locker rushed to the line of scrimmage and ran a quarterback sneak for no yards on first down. Three plays later, the Titans punted the ball on fourth-and-10 and never got the ball back.
Locker was 22 of 35 for 262 yards with one TD and two interceptions. Kenny Britt had a season-high 143 yards on eight catches, and Chris Johnson ran 19 times for 44 yards.
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
Stanford QB Andrew Luck is etched in stone as the #1 overall pick in the NFL draft later this month. The architecture student at the elite university known as The Farm has a fellow jock girlfriend on campus, gymnast Nicole Pechanec.
Indianapolis Colts fans, take a look at the photo gallery
big h/t to, photo credits It’s Always Sunny in Detroit
It seems that the Indianapolis Colts aren’t comfortable in a game until they are down by a couple of touchdowns, doesn’t it? In what has become the norm this season, Andrew Luck and the Colts overcame yet another slow start and a 20-7 halftime deficit to comeback and win 27-23.
The victory send the Colts to a 9-4 record, clinching a winning season that no one thought possible...
Andrew Luck, who has often received credit for the Colts’ unlikely success, was (statistically) terrible on Sunday. He completed 16 of his 34 pass attempts, on his way to a 196-yard performance. His lone touchdown pass was accompanied by two interceptions.One of those two interceptions came in the closing seconds of the first half on a hail mary-style pass. The other was a blatant...
It's not always pretty, but the Colts are the masters of the fourth-quarter comeback this season.Indianapolis did it again on Sunday, coming back late to top the Tennessee Titans 27-23. Andrew Luck surpassed Vince Young & Ben Roethlisberger (5) en route to his sixth fourth-quarter comeback on the season, the most by a rookie quarterback since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970....
Andrew Luck led Indianapolis back from a 13-point second-half deficit and Adam Vinatieri made two fourth-quarter field goals as the Colts rallied for a 27-23 victory Sunday over the Tennessee Titans.
Luck has now engineered six fourth-quarter comebacks this season for Indy (9-4).
It wasn't all Luck.
Delone Carter cut the deficit to 20-14 with a 1-yard TD run on Indy's...
Tennessee Titans (4-8) vs Indianapolis Colts (8-4)
The Titans travel to Indianapolis with revenge on their mind from an overtime thriller with the Colts, in what started Andrew Luck’s run of brilliance over the course of the last few weeks. If you recall, Luck executed a swing pass to fellow rookie Vic Ballard in overtime, who torpedoed his way through tackles to catch the pylon...
(Eds: Updates. With AP Photos.) By CLIFF BRUNT Associated Press The Indianapolis Colts have gotten a lot of mileage out of Andrew Luck's legs.
Maybe too much.
Shaky protection has forced Luck to scramble all over the field this season and it wasn't pretty again Sunday, with Indy down 20-7 to Tennessee at halftime after rushing for just 12 yards. By the time the game was...
Let’s take a look back at some of the things that stood out from Week 14 in the National Football League! How about the Indianapolis Colts getting 9 wins this season!? Could they pull a 2009 New York Jets in the playoffs and do well while being led by a rookie QB?
The Indianapolis Colts take the field Sunday in a rematch game from week 8 that saw the Colts win their first road game at LP Field in the Ryan Grigson/Andrew Luck era.
In that game, the Colts trailed the Titans 13-6 with 10:26 to play. Andrew Luck led the Indy offense on a 14 play, 80 yard touchdown drive that consumed 7:02. That tied the game at 13-13. The Colts defense was able...
The Tennessee Titans will play at the Indianapolis Colts this weekend at Lucas Oil Stadium. Scheduled for a 1 p.m EST kickoff the game will be aired on CBS.
Indianapolis struggled until the end of last season to find a win. This year the team has 8 and appear headed to the playoffs despite losing head coach Chuck Pagano early in the season to leukemia cancer. Andrew Luck is clearly...
Fantasy Rapid Fire: Week 14
We all want to kick some butt this weekend, but a high number of fantasy owners are about to be eliminated from the race to the championship. “Any Given Sunday” is a perfect analogy to not only the chances of an NFL team, but a fantasy team as well. Regardless of this weekends stressful results, I want everyone to promise me that they will start a...
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Colts played one of their worst halves of the season. But as has become habit, they picked it up in the second half. The Colts came back from a 13-point deficit to beat the Tennessee Titans 27-23 on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium. Indianapolis improved to 9-4 and kept their playoff hopes alive and well. Adam Vinatieri's 53-yard field goal gave...