Indianapolis Colts rookie quarterback Andrew Luck looked more like his counterpart Aaron Rodgers in defeating the Green Bay Packers 30-27 Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium. In the first ever matchup between this year’s number one overall pick and the man considered by some to be the best playing the game right now, Luck brought Indianapolis back from an 18 point halftime deficit to win.
Playing their first game without new head coach Chuck Pagano the Colts played inspired football in the second half. Pagano was diagnosed with a treatable form of Leukemia last week and will be away from the team for at least two months. Bruce Arians is the interim coach until Pagano comes back.
The Packers made it look like a route in the first half. Rodgers threw touchdown passes to James Jones and Randall Cobb to give Green Bay a 21-3 lead. The Colts moved the ball in the first half, but could not put together a touchdown drive.
In the second half it seemed as though Luck and Rodgers had changed places. Indianapolis scored 16 third quarter points to pull within two at 21-19. The first touchdown came on a pass from Luck to tight end Dwayne Allen. After a 50 yard Adam Vinatieri field goal cut the lead to eight, Luck drove the Colts to Green Bay’s three yard line. From there he ran up the middle to score and cut the lead to two. Indianapolis missed a two point conversion that would have tied the score.
In the fourth quarter Vinatieri kicked a 28 yard field goal to give the Colts the lead 22-21.
After being hounded by the Indianapolis defense to the tune of five sacks, Rodgers finally got the Packers rolling. His eight yard touchdown pass to Jones gave Green Bay the lead at 27-22.
Going into the game one thing everyone wanted to see was how Luck would handle the pressure of having to keep up with Rodgers. The rookie showed he can handle it very well.
Luck led the Colts on a 13 play, 81 yard drive that took 3:55. The drive ended with him throwing a four yard touchdown pass to Reggie Wayne. Wayne made a great effort to stretch the ball over the goal line after being hit at the one. Dee Brown ran in for the two point conversion and Indianapolis led 30-27.
Rodgers did give Green Bay a chance to tie as he drove them to the Colts 34. However a 51 yard field goal attempt by Mason Crosby went wide right.
With three seconds left, Luck took a knee as time ran out.
To some it must have seemed as though the wrong number 12 was running out the clock.