Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow, wow, wow! Wow wow.
Never count a team out when Andrew Luck is at the helm.
What a clutch victory, what a great comeback, what an excellent way to start out the playoffs for these Indianapolis Colts.
Down 28 at half, things were looking bleak, but then, Luck happened.
Actually he threw a pick on the very first play of the half on a bad throw. However, the defense did a great job of halting the Kansas City Chiefs offense and keeping them to only a field goal.
In fact, Luck threw another interception in the 2nd half, his third of the day, in the midst of their comeback run.
Sure, T.Y. Hilton could’ve caught the ball but it wasn’t a great throw by Luck either and he also had a wide open Griff Whalen about 15 yards downfield. Just a bad play overall.
But Luck has a very short memory as he forgot the mistakes he made en route to 4 passing touchdowns and 400+ yards passing, Hilton hauled in 13 of those passes for 224 yards and 2 touchdowns, along with a miraculous fumble recovery return for a Superman-esque touchdown.
Outside of Luck, the defense really stepped up in the second half: after giving up 35 points in the first two quarters, they only let go 6 points in the last 30 minutes.
One of the crucial plays of the game came on a strip sack by Robert Mathis (who else?) which was recovered by Kelvin Sheppard.
One of my favorite moments of the game came on offense though. It was a lob pass to Da’Rick Rogers who fought off cornerback Sean Smith for a long completion.
It really kick-started the offensive unit and showed the kind of receiver Rogers could become down the road. Exciting stuff.
All that being said the Colts have a lot of correcting to do: Another bad start, less than mediocre blocking and an excess amount of turnovers.
The Colts are the best team in the league when it comes to limiting turnovers, so I expect a major improvement in that area next week against the notorious New England Patriots.
However, the line probably won’t be much better next week as Chuck Pagano will probably go with the same lineup he had yesterday.
Samson Satele at center, NOT GOOD, and Mike McGlynn at guard, NOT GOOD. Even Hugh Thornton hasn’t been much of anything this season, though he’s only a rookie.
My recommendation was to start Joe Reitz and Xavier Nixon at guard and McGlynn at center.
But seeing as that won’t be the case all we can hope for is that these players show improvement in the divisional round.
It should be a fun one seeing as the Colts are playing a familiar nemesis in the Patriots.
It’s funny how the one year they didn’t play the Patriots in the regular season, they end up meeting in the playoffs.
I look forward to it. Go Colts!