The Indianapolis Colts pulled off one of the best comebacks in franchise history by beating the division rival Houston Texans 27-24 tonight. Indianapolis trailed 24-6 late in the third quarter and looked down and out. Andrew Luck seemed to be rattled and was 6-for-20 at one point.
What he did in the final possession of the third quarter and in the fourth was nothing short of spectacular. It was like Peyton Manning was behind center all over again.
Luck hit T.Y. Hilton on a 10-yard touchdown pass in the closing seconds of the third quarter. From there, the defense did their job and Luck hit Hilton two more times to give the Colts a late 27-24 lead. That would be the final score as Luck led the Colts from an 18-point deficit and recorded his 10th fourth-quarter comeback in just 24 games.
This type of game shows the world that Luck is the real deal. He has composure and the poise that no matter what the score is and what part of the game it’s in, he can still lead his team to a victory. Now Indianapolis hosts the St. Louis Rams next week and could likely go 7-2 before facing another division foe, the Tennessee Titans, on national TV.
After beating Manning and the Denver Broncos last week and leading his team to a huge comeback victory in front of a national audience on prime time, it’s time to put Luck in the elite category. Not many quarterbacks could do what he did tonight. He had pressure in his face all game and when it was time to shine, he was without Reggie Wayne and Darrius Heyward-Bey and had to throw to T.Y. Hilton, Griff Whalen and LaVon Brazill.
That’s Tom Brady-esque.