The Indianapolis Colts played today with an added weight as they went out against the Green Bay Packers in hopes of making head coach Chuck Pagano proud less than a week after he was diagnosed with leukemia. After the gritty performance put on by rookie quarterback Andrew Luck and company, Coach Pags have every reason to be happy with his team.
Indianapolis was outscored by the Packers by a score of 21-3 in the first half but the Colts were able to rally in the second half and come out on top.
The Colts outscored the Packers 27-6 in the second half.
It all started at the beginning of the third quarter when Luck led his team on a five-play, 36 yard drive to find the endzone on an eight-yard touchdown pass to fellow rookie Dwayne Allen. The point after was successful. Later in the the quarter, kicker Adam Vinatieri booted a fifty-yard field goal to bring the game within one score.
To cap off their impressive third-quarter, the Colts called Andrew Luck’s number on a quarterback draw in the endzone and Luck found paydirt after his three-yard run. The Colts attempted a two-point conversion but were unsuccessful.
Vinatiere once again split the uprights to start the fourth and Indianapolis took the lead, however, the Packers answered four minutes later with an eight-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers to James Jones. With one final chance for the Colts, it was all on Luck’s shoulders.
The rookie signal-caller showed unbelievable poise for Indianapolis and proved to everyone why he was picked first-overall in the 2012 draft. Luck found Reggie Wayne for a four-yard pass with just 35 seconds remaining and the Colts were able to hang on to the win.
WIth the surprising win over Green Bay, the Colts advanced to 2-2 while the Packers saw their promising season take another hit and fell to 2-3 on the year.