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October 7, 2012

Emotional win

Colts stun Packers, take game ball to hospitalized coach

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Wayne was not alone in his feeling of disbelief.

The Packers held a 21-3 lead at the half and regained the lead after the Colts scored 19 unanswered points on an eight-yard touchdown pass from reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers to James Jones with 4:30 remaining in the game.

Luck took possession at his own 20-yard-line, facing a defense with a ferocious pass rush and no reason not to come after him on every snap. A false start penalty pushed the Colts back on second down, and Luck needed conversions on third-and-9, third-and-12 and third-and-7 to keep the drive alive.

Luck was sacked four times and hit on six other occasions, and he was supposed to be too young to produce a drive like this. But he’s been unflappable all season, and he wasn’t about to let the situation get the best of him now.

“He makes great decisions,” interim head coach Bruce Arians said. “It’s not always pretty all the time. He’s still a rookie, you can’t forget that, but he’s been wonderful.”

Luck completed 31 of 55 attempts for 362 yards with two touchdowns and one interception, and he had the kind of game that will announce his arrival across the league.

He led the Colts to points on five of his seven second-half drives, starting with an eight-yard touchdown pass to rookie tight end Dwayne Allen early in the third quarter. That drive started on the 39-yard line after Jerraud Powers intercepted Rodgers on Green Bay’s opening drive.

“It was definitely a momentum changer,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “There’s always momentum plays in a game. So that [interception] was a big one for the Colts.”

Adam Vinatieri added a 50-yard field goal on the Colts’ next possession, and Luck drove the team 58 yards on six plays — scoring on a 3-yard quarterback draw to cap the series — to make it 21-19.

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