Colts stun Packers

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The Indianapolis Colts, who have become this week the most sympathetic team in football, erased a 21-3 halftime deficit and beat the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, 30-27.

The victory comes as Colts head coach Chuck Pagano receives treatment for leukemia, and it matches Indy’s entire win total for 2011.

The victory came due largely to the efforts of the draft pick the Colts “earned” with that 2-14 season, quarterback Andrew Luck.  And he hooked up repeatedly with the team’s first-round pick from 2001, receiver Reggie Wayne.

Wayne, whose relationship with Pagano goes back 16 years to their time together at the University of Miami, caught 13 passes for 212 yards and a touchdown.  The yardage is the most for any Colt since Raymond Berry in 1957.

The victory wasn’t secured until Packers kicker Mason Crosby badly missed a 51-yard field goal attempt that would have forced overtime.  He had missed a 52-yarder earlier in the half.

We assume it’s only a matter of time before Wayne, Luck, interim head coach Bruce Arians, and others personally deliver the game ball to Pagano.

93 responses to “Colts stun Packers

  1. lbpackfan says:
    Oct 7, 2012 2:43 PM
    kattykathy says:
    Oct 7, 2012 2:28 PM
    The Packers have to be the all time biggest cry baby whiners ever. Do they EVER accept and own up to a call that goes against them or accept a LEGITIMATE loss ?

    I have seen 8 year old Pop Warner teams display better sportsmanship. Heck the Packers throw bigger temper tamtrums than 5 year olds, its pathetic.

    Their fans are even worse.

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    Scoreboard.

    Wasn’t the griping against the Packers after MNF “loss” to Seattle about making plays to overcome bad calls? It was a clean hit…yes, they got jobbed on that call. Doesn’t matter if its Packers or Browns…teams/players/fans get angry and frustrated over blown calls.

    Again….SCOREBOARD.
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    The scoreboard I’m looking at says Colts 30 Packers 27. Oh, and the Packers are 2-3 in the NFC North basement.

    You were saying? Shhhh….shhhhh…..

  2. Packer fans are feeling the wrath of Karma~! A little football class goes a long way! Way to go Colts, Huge win for you guys and everyone else in the NFC North except the Packers!

  3. The last thing I ever thought I’d do was to cheer a Colts win, but good on them. Get well soon, Coach Pagano!!

  4. If this was 2010 or 2011 the Packers wouldn’t have missed that FG. It just seems like the Packers have run out of that magic or luck that they’ve had the past couple years, just like how that Akers 63yd FG improbably bounced in.

  5. Disappointing game for us Packers fans.

    You got to bring yor “A” game every week in the NFL or you will lose.

    Packers did not do so today.

  6. Second half Colts were the dominant team…timely sacks, exceptional downfield coverage, just enough of a running game, and a QB who is shifty/smart/athletic enough to evade constant pressure to find his HOF receiver. Great win.

  7. @contra74

    Amazing little man, your team is playing and your posting. I guess that’s what fans of teams who have never won a championship do.

  8. This article also should read…

    “Packers first round pick Nick Perry hit Luck square in the chest and was flagged for helmet to helmet contact after the Packers recovered the ball in the Colts redone”

    “Sam Shields was flagged for Pass interference that set the Colts up in 1st and goal territory after making no contact with the receiver except for the outstretched hand of the WR shoving Shields in the chest”

    Good storylines are always top priority over well officiated games. The NFL is becoming a joke.

  9. katty kathy must be a Titans fan. Also, everyone keep hating on the Packers. Just cuz your team sucks, dont hate on tradition and excellence. Pack got beat by the Colts straight up on an emotional week for the Colts. Good job Indy and way to overcome that tough loss. Good luck the rest of the year.

    Discount Double Check all your asses!!

    Go Pack Go!

  10. The Lombardi Losers didn’t get stunned at all,,,they are who we thought they were,,,NFC North cellar dwellers,,,,

  11. Amazing how those with decades of hate and envy for the Packers can’t wait to put up posts saying how Packer fans are crying about the refs. Where are those posts for this game?
    The Packers got beat and deservedly so because they only played for half the game. Sure looks like this is a snake-bit year for them. Rodgers looked almost Cutleresque sitting at the end of the bench in the second half. Green Bay just isn’t very good right now, but are scarcely out of it in this division this year.

  12. Rodgers left the field with the lead before Lucks scoring drive and set the team up in game tying field position afterwards. But lets blame him for the loss because none of you know anything about football.

  13. Congrats to the Colts on a well played 2nd half.
    They handed it to us and no excuses for the loss, we just sucked and I sure hope someone wakes up and figures out what is going wrong. Packers played like they’re capale in the 1st and then went
    somewhere else for the 2nd half. Don’t know if we ran out of gas or what, but it wasn’t pretty. The Colts deserved the win.

  14. Did I blame the Seahawks loss on the refs? You better believe it. Will I blame this game on the refs? Nope. Packers just plain don’t look right and can’t seem to catch a break. It’s just that kind of year.

  15. Luck had a game much like one of Jay Cutlers good games. Opponent drops 3 or 4 INTS, and maybe a bogus call or two to reverse a turnover

  16. I hate you Jeff says:

    This article also should read…

    “Packers first round pick Nick Perry hit Luck square in the chest and was flagged for helmet to helmet contact after the Packers recovered the ball in the Colts redone”

    – The penalty was NOT for helmet to helmet contact. It was for a defender leading with the crown of the helmet on a defenseless QB. Like it or not, that’s a rule in the NFL and it was called correctly. Take it up with the rules committee.

    “Sam Shields was flagged for Pass interference that set the Colts up in 1st and goal territory after making no contact with the receiver except for the outstretched hand of the WR shoving Shields in the chest”

    – You mean like the terrible call on Chip Vaughn in the 1st half that ultimately lead to the Randal Cobb TD? Or better yet, the no call in the endzone when Reggie Wayne was clearly mugged by Charles Woodson that should have led to 1st and goal at the 1? It could easily be argued that no call took 4 points off the board for the Colts.

    Good storylines are always top priority over well officiated games. The NFL is becoming a joke.

    – The same can be said for you looking at this game through Green and Yellow colored glasses. the Packers folded in the 2nd half and are now 2-3. As a fan, I’d be more concerned with the overall performance of the team than whether a few calls went your way or not.

  17. Let me guess – the packers don’t like the bad taste this game left in their mouths? Been hearing that waaaay to much lately, I think deep down they really like that awful taste – Charles woodsen is so slow I don’t know who would win the race the tortoise or him? HMM

  18. I know it seems unthinkable, but Packers management have to start thinking about replacing Dom Capers.

    Their defense is just terrible. Downright brutal. Specifically, the secondary is so bad, even though they have some talent there. And this is the 2nd year in a row it’s been like that.

    Rodgers and the offense has been slightly off, but you if you need them to score 35 points every game in order to win, there’s a serious problem. We don’t need the D to be a top-5 group b/c of Rodgers, but at least to be top-20.

  19. There is a lot of hate among NFL fans. You can’t worry about the refs, if you play well you will win and if you play like Green Bay you will lose. So please stop whining about the refs. Nobody likes a crybaby.

  20. The Packers looked terrible today.

    1.) Rodgers needs to get rid of the ball faster.

    2.) McCarthy needs to call runs more frequently, as they didn’t run the ball until in the 2nd half until almost the 4th quarter.

    3.) Rodgers doesn’t look as good throwing downfield like he has in the past. I don’t know what the reasoning is, but they have to connect on those kind of passes.

    While there were a few bad calls in this game, the Packers have no one to blame but themselves. They need to just get rid of Finley, who used to be one of my favorite players, but is now a liability.

    The Packers should still compete for the division, as they’re better on both sides of the ball than anyone in the NFC North.

  21. I don’t think Peyton Manning would’ve won this game. One of the reasons that Peyton is the most skilled QB of all time is that he doesn’t play with emotion. As a result he’s not phased by certain situations and games which can be a huge bonus. However, today’s game was all about emotion and digging deep for personal off the field reasons, and for that reason, the Colts are better off with Luck than Peyton. This genuinely isn’t a Peyton bashing comment, its just an observation on the difference between the Peyton Colts and the new Luck Colts.

  22. ihateyoujeff says:Oct 7, 2012 5:09 PM

    This article also should read…

    “Packers first round pick Nick Perry hit Luck square in the chest and was flagged for helmet to helmet contact after the Packers recovered the ball in the Colts redone”

    “Sam Shields was flagged for Pass interference that set the Colts up in 1st and goal territory after making no contact with the receiver except for the outstretched hand of the WR shoving Shields in the chest”

    Good storylines are always top priority over well officiated games. The NFL is becoming a joke.
    ——————————————————
    Thanks for being a typically predictable Packer fan and living out the punchline that we all set up. And btw, you only hate jeff because he knows what spoiled babies the Packers are!

  23. from a giants fan who has no real dog in the fight, great win to the colts. football more than any other sport is a game of emotions and the colts channeled their feelings in this sad situation to a positive force on the field.

    not to mention that luck kid is gonna be a keeper, and also this Wayne fella. he might make a name for himself in this league ya think?

    I never had a problem with the Packers but the folks are right that they never seem to man up and take the blame for a loss. they did it when my g-men beat them in the playoffs last year. when, incidentally, a humongous call went the packers’ way.

    discount double-choke indeed ^^

    mr rodgers needs to clean up his neighborhood a bit this year or else he’s gonna be filming commercials in january instead of playing football. and i hope he does and the pack gets better.

    why?

    BECAUSE I DRAFTED DA BUM IN MY FANTASY LEAGUE that’s why 🙂

  24. Pack missed 2 field goals. That’s what cost them the game. Any NFC north team would love to have the tradition the packers have. 4 SB wins several other championships. Only the Bears are close. All you haters crack me up. You Vikings people laughing at the pack, how many SB wins you have? You have a last place schedule and are winning just like the lions last year. My lions seem to disappoint every year. Until you overtake the best on a consistent basis, you are still irrellivant.

  25. My God that was the greatest game I have ever seen. There may have been bigger ones from a playoff stand point but from an emotional level, amazing. I know there are quite a few Packer fans that are upset right now but I am telling you it would have been a sin if the Colts had lost this game with the effort that was exhibited by this team today for their coach. And for every one hating on the Pack and their fans, all I saw today in Indy was a bunch of loyal fans that love their team and will travel to other states to see their team play. They are pretty smug but they earned that right as they are a top tier team year end and year out. Great game.

  26. this is going to be a very long year for US packer fans. this is a bad, bad football team. the rest of the NFL has caught up. And surpassed the packers. I see a 8-8 team. when you loser to the pathetic colts. The Packers are now more of a joke.

  27. Luck was definately the right call on draft day. The ‘Skins were hoping the Colts would take RGIII so they could snag Luck.

    Luck has the obvious ability to be a Great player for many years in the NFL Griffin? Well, he is gonna be average, but he will sell jerseys and tickets because of his explosivness. That doesnt win a lot of games though.

  28. When the Bears mopped the floor with the Colts in week 1 Packer fans said it was nothing to get all excited about because the Colts have a rookie QB and they may be the worst team in the NFL.

    Packer fans…
    Where are you Packer fans?

  29. So, just like in the NFC championship game the packers beat themselfs. OFFhand I’m sure they’ll claim it was the ref’s fault.

  30. The way the Packers have been playing reminds me ot 2010. Losses to weaker teams, especially in the front half of the season. Remember back to back losses to the Fins and the Skins? All those struggles led to backing into the playoffs with help, and then beating the crap out of everybody on the way to the Super Bowl.
    Not to say that is going to happen this year, but all the posts about the Pack being done are the handiwork of homers and idiots that are too stupid count to eleven, the number of games left.
    Congrats Colts fans, you deserve a break.
    Chuckstrong.

  31. As a Bears fan I love seeing the Packers lose. I won’t be happy though until I know they’re officially eliminated from playoff contention.

  32. This is why the NFL is awesome, the worst team last year just beat a team that unstoppable in the regular season minus one game to the Chiefs. Oh, and the Vikings are 4-1, which is nice.

  33. I’d just like to note for you people that there is exactly one packer fan in this thread that blamed the refs. One. And two weeks ago the call we were ALL blaming for the Packers loss was so bad it made the national evening news. Haters gonna hate I guess.

  34. lifelong Packers fan.

    I dont know if I would say Colts ‘stunned’ the Packers, better team left the field with a W today. Doesn’t matter who you are, you cannot win games in the NFL when your o-line leaks like a sieve, especially when three and outs mean you have to rely on a defense that has been porous at best. Texans will tear apart every flaw next week if something isn’t done soon.

  35. Can you imagine if the Pack misses the playoffs by one game? What a black eye legacy for the replacement ref debacle.

    And btw, as a Stanford fan, you’re WELCOME! Luck is the real deal.

  36. Packers literally stunk up the place in the second half. No defense (as usual) and the offense decided to take the rest of the afternoon off. Pretty much the same players as last year but no where near the same team.

  37. thetokyosandblaster says:Oct 7, 2012 6:35 PM

    The Packers looked terrible today.

    1.) Rodgers needs to get rid of the ball faster.

    2.) McCarthy needs to call runs more frequently, as they didn’t run the ball until in the 2nd half until almost the 4th quarter.

    3.) Rodgers doesn’t look as good throwing downfield like he has in the past. I don’t know what the reasoning is, but they have to connect on those kind of passes.

    While there were a few bad calls in this game, the Packers have no one to blame but themselves. They need to just get rid of Finley, who used to be one of my favorite players, but is now a liability.

    The Packers should still compete for the division, as they’re better on both sides of the ball than anyone in the NFC North.

    duece5 says:

    This just in……if you think the packers goddawful “d” is better that the bears abd Vikes, then YOU ARE ON CRACK!

    Packers have one of the worst defenses in the league, let alone the worst in the division.

    Get the cheese out of the brain!

  38. Rodgers you dont look so happy no more. Mr. MVP what happend to the great WR core you had? Now they are dropping passes an running the wrong routes an every body can see it. 6/10 oops that was mean

  39. Does nobody feel like giving the Colts defense any credit?! Did anyone see the game?! I don’t know what they talked about at halftime but it worked! Looked like a completely different defense. The Packers offense was totally shut down. Period. The Colts secondary, which is below average and has been for years, was swarming. There was nowhere to throw the ball…and that gave time for the pass rush to get to work. GO COLTS!! CHUCKSTRONG!

  40. WOW! What a kick, er duck hook, by Crosby!

    Ah, oh. Injury bug takes two big bites on RB and DL.

    Worst thing about this loss for Packers fans though is that it is immediately followed by a trip to Houston.

  41. “Sam Shields was flagged for Pass interference that set the Colts up in 1st and goal territory after making no contact with the receiver except for the outstretched hand of the WR shoving Shields in the chest”

    *********

    That’s right, his chest…. As in he never turned to look for the ball. Just jumped up and stuck his arms in the air. Sounds like pass interference to me. Learn the rules before you start whining about the refs!

  42. What did we learn?

    Nelson is not a #1 still is a #3

    Finnley is terrible and not worth the roster spot

    GB has no running game

    Jones is a great #2 and the only consistent receiver no body would have argued that a year ago.

    Jennings is more important that most realize

  43. shlort says: Oct 7, 2012 8:22 PM

    Luck was definately the right call on draft day. The ‘Skins were hoping the Colts would take RGIII so they could snag Luck.

    Luck has the obvious ability to be a Great player for many years in the NFL Griffin? Well, he is gonna be average, but he will sell jerseys and tickets because of his explosivness. That doesnt win a lot of games though.
    _____________________________________
    Dude you sound like a PS3 or XBox 360 fanboy. Enjoy the Colts victory and have a nice day._

  44. The Colts wanted this game more, whether it be the Coach or not. It seems they played with more heart.

    I think teams, have figured out what the Packers did best last year, and aren’t letting GB run up and down the field like that anymore.

    So MM, needs to make more adjustments so they can be the high octane offesnse they were.

    The Packers have been good at playing halfs this year, 2nd half Sea, 1st half Saits, 1st half Colts.

    They need to play complete games if they are going to win. They better start next week.

  45. @deuceforbrains

    I don’t think the packers have a better defense than the bears and Vikings.

    I know it.

    That’s why it’s so frustrating to see them underachieve.

  46. Fun reading. Packer fans have a thin skin when it comes to trash talking. They believe it only comes from Viking fans when in reality it comes from fans of many teams. Packers stunk it up because they let Philbin go last season and too many of their drives stall now. Their defense is now on the field way to much and gets easily exposed.

    It is gonna be a long season for the Packers and their fans. Feel free to whine away.

  47. As a Vikings fan, I am not going to come on here to rub more salt on the wounds about yesterday’s loss. The fact is they’re just not finishing games and are not playing smart. The only good game they have played was against the Bears (although it was a little boring to watch). And instead of owning up to accountability, I am hearing too many excuses and not enough action to correct the problems in the offensive line and defense. You guys have got to play better football if you want to be taken seriously right now for the playoffs. But you’re blowing it!

  48. That Greenbay cheese is looking like it’s a little ways past it’s freshness date. It’s understanding that they would need a lot more Whine to choke down that cheese.

  49. goldnpurple says:
    Oct 8, 2012 7:56 PM
    That Greenbay cheese is looking like it’s a little ways past it’s freshness date. It’s understanding that they would need a lot more Whine to choke down that cheese.

    Oh man… a whine and cheese comment.

    Do you think you’re the first person to come up with that? I mean… it’s really sad.

    The truth is, that’s about as commonly used as “Vikings fans bang their own moms.”

    Although that one is true.

  50. Why can’t Packers fans just admit their team had a bad game. Yeah the call for the Seattle game was wrong, but you can’t play the loss on one play. There were bad calls both ways, and bad plays both ways.

    That being said… Your team collapsed in the 4th quarter. No team is perfect, and in all fairness, the Colts this year are better than last year.

  51. I didn’t see the game but I wouldn’t jump to any conclusions just yet. The colts are young and a draft a way and the Pack won 15 games last year. For the record, you don’t win that many games every year. And, my prayers are with the Colts, coach, team, and fans, hang in there.
    From a Saints Fan

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