October 7, 2013

More fourth-quarter Luck for the Colts

With Indianapolis trailing late, Andrew Luck leads two long scoring drives for a win over Seattle.

The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS - Andrew Luck spent most of Sunday's game watching Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch run around.

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Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton catches a touchdown pass from Andrew Luck in the third quarter as Indianapolis came back to beat Seattle 34-28 Sunday.

The Associated Press

So when the Colts' quarterback finally got a chance to make some plays, he rallied Indianapolis in the fourth quarter for yet another victory.

Luck threw two touchdown passes and led the Colts on two time-consuming scoring drives in the fourth quarter -- the first capped by Donald Brown's go-ahead 3-yard TD run with 8:55 to play -- to hand Seattle its first loss of the season, 34-28.

"This is the most resilient team that I've ever been around," Coach Chuck Pagano said. "They've got more grit than anybody, any team I've been around."

This season has certainly tested the Colts (4-1), who have lost three offensive starters with season-ending injuries and a Week 2 game for their first home loss in nearly a year.

Somehow though, Indy rebounded with three straight wins, including victories over NFC powers San Francisco and Seattle. Now they have sole possession of the AFC South lead for the first time in the post-Peyton Manning era, too.

And all this came on a wacky day.

Each team scored off a blocked kick. The Seahawks (4-1) ran for 218 yards, averaged 6.4 yards per carry, had better field position and ran more than three dozen plays in Colts territory as they played keep-away through the first three quarters.

None of it mattered to Luck. He still found a way to win.

On the decisive drive, he took advantage of a pass interference call against Richard Sherman, got another break when Pagano won a challenge on a third-down spot that turned fourth down into a first down.

After consuming nearly seven minutes, he gave the ball to Brown, who squirted through the middle for the go-ahead score.

Luck then hooked up with his favorite receiver Reggie Wayne on a 2-point conversion pass and took nearly five more minutes off the clock to set up Adam Vinatieri for a game-sealing 49-yard field goal.

 

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