Indianapolis Colts: Does Playoff Victory Put Andrew Luck in Elite Category?

By Eric Smith
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Entering today’s AFC Wildcard matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was teetering on the edge of NFL’s elite quarterback status. The second-year quarterback, threw for 8,196 yards, 43 touchdowns and 27 interceptions in his first two regular seasons. He also had 632 yards on the ground to go along with nine more TDs rushing as well.

To make matters better, he’s 22-10 as a starter during the regular season, led the Colts to two straight playoff appearances and improved dramatically in his decision making ability as he threw for only nine interceptions after having 18 a year ago.

That put him in contention of the elite group, but after today’s performance he’s certainly in the mix.

Luck led Indianapolis to a 45-44 playoff victory after his team trailed by 28 points in the second half. The comeback was the second largest in the second quarter as Luck kept his composure and never gave up.

After throwing an interception on the first play of the second half, most thought this game was over. He gave Kansas City great field position as a Chiefs touchdown gave them a 38-10 lead.

Most quarterbacks would have given up. Not Luck.

Instead, he would throw for three touchdowns and run one in to lead Indianapolis to an improbable comeback. He had the ball in his hands when it mattered in the end and what did he do? He found his T.Y. Hilton on a game-winning 64-yard touchdown pass.

Luck finished the day with 443 yards and four touchdown passes to go along with 43 rushing yards and a score on a wild fumble recovery for a touchdown rush.

With that poise in the face of adversity, how is he not elite? He’s among the top five or six best quarterbacks in the league right now and is only in his second year.

Eric Smith is the Colts Beat Writer for Rant Sports. He’s covered the team the past four seasons and is recognized as an accredited member of the media by the Colts. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru

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