Luck isn’t too bad himself.
He shook off Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews on third-and-9 and fired a strike to Wayne for a 15-yard gain. Moments later, he hit Wayne again for 15 yards — despite tight coverage by Woodson — on third-and-12. And he set up the game-winning touchdown pass with a seven-yard scramble to the Green Bay 4 on third-and-seven.
“Especially as a receiver, you want to be there for him,” Wayne said. “You want to back him up, and you want to make him look good no matter where he throws the ball. You want to give your body up to go and get it. He’s going to be special, he really is.”
This win likely always will hold a special place in the Luck era.
Green Bay drove to the Indianapolis 33-yard line in the closing moments, but Crosby hooked his 51-yard field goal attempt with three seconds left, and the celebration began on the Colts’ sideline.
The 18-point comeback was the largest for Indianapolis since the famous 2003 “Monday Night Football” game in Tampa when the Colts rallied from 21 points down to beat the Buccaneers 38-35 in overtime.
That game didn’t carry the personal significance of this one, however. To a man, the Colts wanted this win for Pagano.
And, ultimately, Wayne made sure they got it.
His performance was reminiscent of Kellen Winslow’s dominant playoff game for the San Diego Chargers against the Miami Dolphins in 1982, and it was all done in service of his head coach.
“To be able to come out and just do it for him, I said to myself I was going to lay it all out on the line,” Wayne said. “The were going to have to carry me off, the old Winslow Senior, give everything I had. As a team, we were able to just keep fighting, fighting, fighting and fighting. It was collective effort for everybody that was able to find a way, and we got it done.”