Luck’s record day gets Colts a third straight win

AP

Andrew Luck was expected to do big things when the Colts took him first overall in April’s draft.

He isn’t making them wait long for it to happen. Luck threw for a NFL rookie record 433 yards and led the Colts to a 23-20 win over the Dolphins that leaves Indianapolis with a 5-3 record at the midway point of Luck’s first season. Luck threw a pair of touchdowns, one to Reggie Wayne in the first half and a highlight reeler to T.Y. Hilton for 36 yards in the second half. Hilton and Donnie Avery both went north of 100 yards on the day and Luck’s offense converted 13-of-19 third downs to keep moving the ball down the field.

The Colts did all that on the day that coach Chuck Pagano returned to Lucas Oil Stadium to watch the game and address the team. We don’t know what he said, but we can guess what he might say now that it is in the books.

It could feature “Yeah” with a word that rhymes with Luck, but definitely isn’t Luck, directly before it. Referee Tony Corrente uttered a slightly different phrase on an inadvertently open microphone during the fourth quarter, prompting an apology from the announcers. Watching Luck on Sunday was worthy of the occasional expletive, though.

Ryan Tannehill tried to rally the Dolphins late, but couldn’t get the team in position to tie or win the game. It would have helped if cornerback Sean Smith held onto a third down pass that Luck put right into his hands on a third down in Colts territory with just under three minutes to play. Marcus Thigpen had a good return to midfield on the ensuing punt, but a holding call meant that the Dolphins didn’t get to take advantage of that field position either.

Tannehill and the Dolphins offense had a big first half, but the Colts tightened up in the second half and allowed Miami just three points. The Dolphins running game couldn’t establish itself after the half and Tannehill wasn’t up to winning his first duel with Luck all by himself. At 4-4, the Dolphins still have life in the playoff chase but they’ll need to find a way past the Colts after failing to find it on Sunday.

UPDATE 5:03 p.m. ET: It seems Pagano waited until he was in the locker room after the game to utter the aforementioned word that rhymes with Luck.

23 responses to “Luck’s record day gets Colts a third straight win

  1. Bad loss. Lines got handled.3rd downs were embarrassing Left 3 interceptions on the field( Dansby’s would have been a pick 6, Smith -who I think was on crack today-let an easy int turn into a TD by T.Y., and another that would have won/tied the game).

    Tanny was good, but Luck was spectacular.

  2. Luck was exceptional, especially on 3rd downs & this coming from a Dolphin fan. Great game to watch, just wish the Fins could of pulled it out.

  3. It’s interesting … a lot of the pundit keep talking about RG3 running away for the Rookie of the Year award (I believe Schefter mentioned it last week?)

    Yet, Luck, the first overall pick, has arguably had a better season and has his time with a winning record and in playoff contention. They really don’t have that much help for him – the running game isn’t good. The OL is probably average. The defense is … average.

    Don’t get me wrong, I love both, and living in the DC area, it’s easy to see why there’s so much excitement with RG3. But for my money, right now, Andrew Luck should be ROY.

    As a side note, it’s almost surprising how well some of the rookie QB’s are doing.

  4. Andrew Luck’s grandma could have thrown for over 400 yards against that pathetic defense. Jake Long is overrated and Sean Smith’s play was embarrassing.

  5. “Andrew Luck’s grandma could have thrown for over 400 yards against that pathetic defense. Jake Long is overrated and Sean Smith’s play was embarrassing.”

    -So you’re saying the Dolphins are going to draft her right?

  6. Refs were Colts fans? Colts had 3 more penalties for 12 more yards.

    Dolphins D is bad? You weren’t saying that before the game. Maybe Luck was just good today?

  7. Wow Andrew Luck, what an amazing game! Sean Smith, lol, he had 3 or 4 chances for an INT and couldn’t make plays. Also a rough holding call on that Thigpen return at the end. Still though, Indy deserved this with the way they dominated Miami’s defense on third down. Looking forward to seeing these two QB’s battle in the upcoming years.

  8. And Long is overrated?? How about all the pro bowl o-line players for Indy? Backup center, backup RT. Stop making excuses.

    Indy probably is not as good as their record right now, but give them credit when it is due.

  9. Luck had time to pull a cigar out, cut it lite it and have a couple of puffs before throwing the completions on way to the record books. Were was this great 3rd down defence we keep hearing about.
    Luck is going to be great but i do wonder what Brady will do to our defence when he gets to us if we play like that. Ryan Tannehill looks like the real deal also just hope he pushes on i would love it if Luck and Tannehill have the rivalry like Brady and Manning had. Brady is still the king of the AFC though for a few years yet.

  10. phillyphinsfan says:Nov 4, 2012 4:47 PM

    Andrew Luck’s grandma could have thrown for over 400 yards against that pathetic defense. Jake Long is overrated and Sean Smith’s play was embarrassing.

    ***************
    So they’ve got Jake Long playing defense now, eh? Must be getting creative down in South Beach.

  11. Congrats to the Colts on the win, but I’m sorry to say the terrible referees helped you win that game. I counted 8 times The Colts O-Line BLATANTLY tackled or held a Dolphin DE with no call. Two horrible non existent holding calls, the big one on Thigpen’s punt return. And a phantom PI call on Koa Misi that led to the first TD.

    Also, I hope the Phins pass on re-signing Long unless he takes a massive pay cut. He was terrible today.

  12. Congrats to the Colts and their fans. Though I’m bummed as a Fins fan, I hope this will become a great annual rivalry in comming years as both QB’s mature.

  13. Tannehill’s performance will get overlooked because of Luck’s monster game, but don’t be mistaken. There were TWO great young QB’s on the field today.

  14. good game dolphins fans, u guys have more class than the redskins fans, glad u guys got yr franchchise qb, his wife is hot too!!

  15. No excuses here from a long time Fin Fan. The Colts played better, made more plays and scored more points, plain and simple. Congrats to the Colts and their fans. A. Luck is the real deal.

  16. He was definitely worth the Colts throwing all those games to get the #1 pick.

    Let this be a lesson to any team in the same situation – Goodell would never fine a team on something like that as it would question the integrity of the game.

  17. How quick people forget the Fins defense gave up a million yards against the Cardinals earlier this year. They are good against teams that depend on the run game but struggle against passing teams. They are the 2007 Minnesota Vikings Defense. You cant run on them but you can pass all day long. Luck played great. Tanney did not play bad but it is clear who the better prospect is.

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