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Colts now shrugging when Andrew Luck leads comebacks

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The amazing part of Andrew Luck’s ability to lead his team to comeback wins is the way it is accepted as the norm now.

Bringing the Colts back from a 21-3 deficit for a 27-24 win last night against the Texans was the 10th time in two seasons he’s led a game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime, so it’s almost become commonplace to his teammates.

I would like to say there was a movie speech or something by him at halftime, but there really wasn’t,” Colts tight end Coby Fleener said, via Mike Wells of ESPN.com. “He doesn’t surprise me. That’s the complex answer that I can give. Pretty much there’s nothing he does that surprises me.”

Luck came back from an awful first half, knowing he was without his most trusted receiver for the rest of the season, while taking a beating from a line that did not offer the protection he needed.

He was 3-of-12 for 56 yards at halftime, having taken three sacks. But after the break, he settled into a groove, kept finding T.Y. Hilton (three touchdowns in the second half) and the Colts had done it again.

“They were beating our butts,” Luck said. “We were getting our tail beat every which way possible. I think there was some frustration. There definitely was some frustration. I don’t think anybody was not frustrated. But I think cooler heads prevailed. We managed to stick through it.”

It sounds so easy when he says it that way. Just like it looks so easy when it keeps happening, time and again.

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20 Responses to “Colts now shrugging when Andrew Luck leads comebacks”
  1. 4ever19 says: Nov 4, 2013 8:33 AM

    My beloved Colts need to put Andy in position where he doesn’t have to find a way to come back. It’s called a running game (T-Rich does not a running game make) and some decent O-line work. Please. Oh yes. And if the receivers could hang on to a few more footballs, well, that would be helpful as well.

  2. joetoronto says: Nov 4, 2013 8:37 AM

    Now here’s a team with offense AND defense, unlike the Bronco’s and Chiefs.

  3. FinFan68 says: Nov 4, 2013 8:46 AM

    He (they) have been damn good in coming from behind but there was a little help in this one. Texans looked like a different team in the 2nd half after their head coach/offensive play-caller collapsed on the field at halftime.

  4. giantlucksacks says: Nov 4, 2013 8:49 AM

    Haha “comeback”??? They had to come back (as usual) cause Luck was dumping the bed in the first half, and they were playing against a 2 win team with Case Keenum, Ben Tate, and Wade Phillips choking the game away. Hilton is the one guy who can burn you and the Texans just left him iso all 2nd half.

    I’d love to see the combined record of all of the teams Luck has “come back” against after digging the Colts into a hole. I’m guessing its around .300.

  5. serkeljerks says: Nov 4, 2013 8:52 AM

    Luck much much > than RG3…….end of story.

  6. firerogergoodellnow says: Nov 4, 2013 8:57 AM

    Peyton Manning: “You hear about how many fourth quarter comebacks that a guy has and I think it means a guy screwed up in the first three quarters.”

  7. cztikhldr4evr says: Nov 4, 2013 9:11 AM

    First off, prayers go out to the coach and his family. Hope he returns to coaching this week. As a Colts season ticket holder, my hat goes off to the Texans, New England used to have our number for years, and it was always a dog fight, Always feared playing them, but the last few years, it’s been the Texans, you saw this team coming up slowly to be a power house. Last night proved me right. No longer do if fear playing against NE, but the Texans.
    We got our butts handed to us. Both teams got screwed by the Refs on both sides of the ball. But some how we won the game, I still can’t figure out how we did win,but we did, but the game is 60min long,and you don’t give Luck any time, it was a hard win but it a win.
    1st good win for the Colts, there is no quit in them
    2nd Coach, get better you found your quarterback
    3rd NFL NEEDS TO SEND THERE REFS BACK TO SCHOOL. How can you review the plays with every camera angles and still get it wrong, it’s is not just the game last night, but most of the time.
    We got humbled last night and they had to dig deep but came out with a hard fought win
    GO COLTS

  8. kcrutcher says: Nov 4, 2013 9:20 AM

    It amazes me how people always say “they got a little help on this one” Well its a 60 minute game and if the other team chokes, well then too bad..they shouldn’t have choked. Play the full 60 minutes! The Colts had a fork stuck in them and had no business winning that game, and they did! That’s what good teams do, they find ways to win on bad days. And anybody who doubts this team, just look at the teams they have beaten.

  9. badphish24 says: Nov 4, 2013 9:35 AM

    Sounds like a bunch of jealous colts haters in the comment section. The guy is a gamer. Like 18 he comes out of the locker room with proper adjusments made and gets it done. Im sorry but just because this sophmore QB is a top 5 QB in the NFL already doesnt give anyone justice to bash the guy. Hes classy. He loves to play football. His locker room respects him and he excells in big moments. You haters need to realize your just jealous. For the same reason I hate brady you hate luck and his career has just started! Your really gonna be upset in 5 years :) Great Job Colts and more important Coack K I wish you a speedy recovery. That was very scary at halftime. Thoughts and healing vibes to you sir and your family.

  10. joetoronto says: Nov 4, 2013 9:36 AM

    FinFan68 says:
    Nov 4, 2013 8:46 AM
    He (they) have been damn good in coming from behind but there was a little help in this one. Texans looked like a different team in the 2nd half after their head coach/offensive play-caller collapsed on the field at halftime.
    ***********************************************
    If you think that was help, what about the crazy calls that went against the Colts, none bigger than the fumble recovery that was ruled a recovery on the field, and somehow overturned with zero evidence against the call.

  11. abninf says: Nov 4, 2013 9:50 AM

    Tony Romo has the highest 4th quarter QB rating in NFL history.

  12. 25yearindyfan says: Nov 4, 2013 9:55 AM

    giantlucksacks says:
    Nov 4, 2013 8:49 AM
    Haha “comeback”??? They had to come back (as usual) cause Luck was dumping the bed in the first half, and they were playing against a 2 win team with Case Keenum, Ben Tate, and Wade Phillips choking the game away. Hilton is the one guy who can burn you and the Texans just left him iso all 2nd half.

    I’d love to see the combined record of all of the teams Luck has “come back” against after digging the Colts into a hole. I’m guessing its around .300.
    ___________________________________

    Just to put some numbers to your theory…

    The combined record of those teams since Luck’s first game in the league is .467

    Including comebacks over Green Bay last year (11-5), Minnesota (10-6) and Seattle this year (8-1).

    I am curious… what would be good enough to be considered impressive by your standards?

    The haters seem to forget that Indy stomped the 49ers into the turf at their place… and has victories over the heavy super bowl favorites Denver AND Seattle.

    If that is not enough to simmer your hate for Luck… here are the combined records for NFL starting QB’s since Luck came into the league:

    P. Manning 20-4 (Luck 1-0 head to head)
    R. Wilson 19-6 (Luck 1-0 head to head)
    T. Brady 18-7 (Luck 0-1 head to head)
    A. Luck

  13. 25yearindyfan says: Nov 4, 2013 9:58 AM

    sorry here is the rest…

    Luck 17-7
    Rodgers 16-7 (Luck 1-0 head to head)

    case closed. hate on.

  14. All-American Voltron says: Nov 4, 2013 10:06 AM

    Anxious to see if he can do this in the playoffs, to truly distinguish himself from Peyton Manning. I think his win over Denver is a good preview of how he performs over MEGA pressure.

  15. cztikhldr4evr says: Nov 4, 2013 10:47 AM

    You can not shake this kid (luck) throws a pick, next play please, fumble, next play please, 3 and out next play please, sack, next play please, you can not shake him, he plays a full 60mins, if we would get something that looks like a offensive line, watch out, the Peyton manning, Harrison,Wayne,stokley, clark records will fall quickly.
    Wilson, RG3 great quarterbacks, but would not trade Luck for any of them
    Sorry your coach went down and half time, we lost our coach for the whole year, and still played ball, can’t shake this whole team. To all the Luck haters, What does he have to do, to prove to you that he is a great quarterback, that he hasn’t done already. Just wandering

  16. boyshole25 says: Nov 4, 2013 10:48 AM

    This kid is amazing and very fun to watch, the only thing that is bad about him is the stupid fanboys that always try to say how much better he is than Wilson and rgiii, they are all great talents-let it go

  17. skins1970 says: Nov 4, 2013 12:42 PM

    I really don’t know why people insist on comparing RG3 and Andrew Luck they are 2 different types of QB,

  18. doe22us says: Nov 4, 2013 2:49 PM

    Being a fan of football general, I love watching these young QB’s bring in week-in week out, objectivity is a wonderful thing folks. The sooner you accept it the better, not to mention i have Luck in my $$$ league.

  19. dualprime says: Nov 4, 2013 6:50 PM

    Truth is if Bullock is at least average the Texans win by 6. Then again, he is an Aggie.

  20. salutethis says: Nov 7, 2013 1:03 AM

    I may be wrong, but isn’t Flacco a starting QB? I am thinking we might be leaving some Qb’s out…

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