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October 7, 2012

Emotional win

Colts stun Packers, take game ball to hospitalized coach

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A 2-point conversion pass failed, and Luck was intercepted by Green Bay cornerback Casey Hayward on the team’s next possession. But the Indianapolis defense, which sacked Rodgers five times overall, recorded back-to-back sacks to end the ensuing Packers’ drive and give the ball back to the offense.

Luck responded with a 75-yard drive that ended with a 28-yard Vinatieri field goal and gave the Colts the lead for the first time.

“I think coming into halftime, coming back out, we said there’s no 18-point touchdown,” Luck said. “Let’s play our football. We’re not going to change anything. We just got to do better, do better. I think guys took that to heart, much better attention to detail, execution, focus and you have Reggie Wayne making great plays every fifth play.”

Wayne finished with 13 catches for 212 yards, including an amazing one-handed catch while Green Bay safety Charles Woodson was flagged for pass interference against him in the first half.

But, for a moment, it appeared all that effort would go for naught.

Rodgers, who threw for 243 yards and three touchdowns, needed just two plays to lead the Packers 49 yards for a touchdown to regain the lead. A 2-point pass failed, but Green Bay still held a 27-22 advantage.

“Give credit to the Colts,” McCarthy said. “They battled back.”

The ensuing 80-yard drive will live forever in Colts’ lore. Luck targeted Wayne six times on the drive, and the wide receiver rewarded him with five catches for 64 yards.

Wayne was wearing a specially ordered set of orange gloves, the color of the leukemia awareness movement, and they were unmistakable on the field.

“I think the orange gloves were everywhere,” Luck said. “I felt like there were eight pairs of those out there on the field. I told him after the game he was the best football player I’ve ever played with.”

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