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Luck continues to outpace Peyton

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Entering Saturday’s playoff game against the Chiefs, Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was operating on house money, in comparison to his Hall of Fame predecessor.  With a thrilling, historic comeback win, Luck’s early-career arc continues to eclipse Peyton Manning’s.

As a rookie, Luck took a supposedly rebuilding team to the playoffs.  Fourteen years earlier, Manning led the Colts to a 3-13 record, despite having running back Marshall Faulk and receiver Marvin Harrison at Manning’s disposal.

In Manning’s second season, he led the team to a 10-win improvement, nailing down a division title and a first-round playoff bye.  But Manning said goodbye to the playoffs after only one game, a 19-16 home loss to the Titans.

Luck’s first home playoff game resulted in the kind of win that people in Indy will be talking about for years, a Frank Reich-style comeback for the ages that has vaulted the Colts to the divisional round.

And if the Bengals win at home today in a likely snow-globe game against the Chargers, Luck and the Colts will get a chance to qualify for the AFC title game by facing Manning and the Broncos in Denver.

If Luck can pull off the Flacco-style upset next weekend, the youngster will have accomplished in two seasons that which Peyton didn’t pull off until his sixth season in the league.  And Luck continues to do it without guys like Harrison, Edgerrin James, Dallas Clark, or holdover Reggie Wayne, who was lost for the season during Peyton’s return to Indy.

While Luck still has a very long way to go to match Manning’s career accomplishments, Luck already has done something that Peyton — and plenty of other franchise quarterbacks — never have done in a postseason game.

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18 Responses to “Luck continues to outpace Peyton”
  1. middletestament says: Jan 5, 2014 8:46 AM

    It’s like no one watched Andrew Luck play the first half against the Chiefs. He dug the hole.

  2. angelogiaquinto18 says: Jan 5, 2014 8:58 AM

    Luck is good but let’s hold off on the Canton ceremony for now!

  3. randomguy9999 says: Jan 5, 2014 9:16 AM

    Luck has always clearly been the real deal.

    Somebody needs to come up with a name for that fumble pick up and TD dive holding the ball out with one arm play ….. it was epic…..

  4. steelerfanforlife says: Jan 5, 2014 9:28 AM

    Didn’t this dude throw 4 picks that nearly cost them the game??!!! Had it not been for that fluke fumble for a TD, Luck would have been the biggest, if not the entire reason the Colts lost the game! I like Luck but the only reason he had to bring them back was because of him!!

  5. keepyerstickontheice says: Jan 5, 2014 9:45 AM

    If only they could play the Chefs every week…

  6. iknowzeroaboutsports says: Jan 5, 2014 9:55 AM

    I like Luck, but cart’s before the horse here.

  7. eagles512 says: Jan 5, 2014 10:00 AM

    Luck is still way too inconsistent to compare right now. He goes long stretches where he looks terrible.

  8. cwk22 says: Jan 5, 2014 10:29 AM

    I would love to see a Manning VS Luck game in the play offs

  9. pantherdick says: Jan 5, 2014 10:36 AM

    Let’s also not forget the AFC South is the softest division in history.

  10. wilforkeyeout says: Jan 5, 2014 10:56 AM

    big ben 2.0

  11. irishking says: Jan 5, 2014 10:56 AM

    What a game. I thought it was all over early in the 3rd qtr when Luck tossed that interception which led to another Chiefs’ touchdown. Thoughts of any comeback were over after Luck fed another ‘chuck-ee-bee’ ball to the Chiefs. Guess what? I missed seeing the greatest comeback of all time because I switched off the game.

  12. srrjr82 says: Jan 5, 2014 10:57 AM

    He’s great. He definitely knows how to make a Farve ‘comeback’. Throw a bunch of picks in first half then redeem yourself in second. Doesn’t take away from his amazing skill but he did get himself into the mess.

  13. realfootballfan says: Jan 5, 2014 1:28 PM

    Of course he is, he’s better than him. I know I’ll get slammed for this, but Luck is cut more out of the same cloth as John Elway or Joe Montanna, while Peyton was more like Dan Marino. Those are all great QBs to be compared to, but I think we all know who were the better players when the chips were down, and Peyton has repeatedly come up short with very good teams around him, while Andrew Luck has already got a playoff comeback for the ages on his playoff resume with far less offensive firepower surrounding him. What I found interesting yesterday was when one of the announcers said that Luck “hates” being compared to Peyton. Never heard that one before.

  14. chazatlas says: Jan 5, 2014 7:50 PM

    Luck continues to benefit from playing in a crap division.

  15. bauldrdash says: Jan 5, 2014 10:37 PM

    Silly children, this is a misguided comparison. a team is more than 1 person.
    It”s the worst on each team that represents the whole.

  16. lucydean77 says: Jan 6, 2014 2:21 AM

    You can`t say enough Praise the Lord,Thank God ,Amen fnally there is somebody out there besides Tom Brady that is better than Peyton Manning. Thank You Thank You Thank you Mr. Luck

  17. mvfb93 says: Jan 6, 2014 1:08 PM

    “He dug the hole”

    When he threw his first pick the game was already 31 x 10.

    You either air it out or embrace defeat…

  18. jimmyjames65 says: Jan 7, 2014 6:24 AM

    Finally there is somebody out there besides Tom Brady that is better than Peyton Manning? Yes, Joe Flacco last season when he beat them both. Colts got lucky with all of the Chiefs players out. And if Luck plays like that next week against the Patriots, the Colts are done.

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