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Sunday, September 29, 2013
Luck shakes off rough start, finishes strong

By Mike Wells

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck didn’t need anybody to tell him how he played during the early part of the Colts' 37-3 victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

He went ahead and owned up to it at the start of his postgame news conference.

“It wasn’t an ideal start,” Luck said. “It was more of a terrible start to the game offensively for us.”

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Luck couldn’t have said it better.

It looked like Luck was going to have a long afternoon against the Jaguars.

On one interception, Jaguars cornerback Will Blackmon didn’t have to move because receiver TY Hilton went to the outside, and Luck threw to the inside. Luck was bailed out by the Jaguars because they were offsides on another interception. There were more miscommunication issues with Hilton in the half.

The two interceptions happened on the Colts' first two offensive series.

“It was the wrong throw for me,” Luck said. “TY ran the right routes and everything. I put it in the wrong spot. We know we can’t survive on our mistakes like that every week. I’ll hopefully improve, get better and we’ll continue to roll.”

You just knew Luck wasn’t going to struggle all afternoon against Jacksonville’s secondary. He finally got it going to finish 22-of-36 for 260 yards and two touchdowns to go with his one interception.

“Listening to him talk and talking to him, he did get off to a slow start, but he is an even-keeled guy,” coach Chuck Pagano said. “We go back to the process, 60 minutes, one play at a time, and judge. He is one of those guys who can put things behind him and move on.”

Luck got rolling on the first two offensive possessions of the third quarter. He found tight end Coby Fleener wide open for 31-yard touchdown on a play where it seemed like playing defense was optional for Jacksonville. Then Luck led the Colts on a 12-play, 72-yard drive that ended with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Reggie Wayne on their next possession.

“We know they’re tough physical guys, but coming out of halftime we said let’s put a scoring drive together,” Luck said. “I think guys sort of relaxed a little bit. I know I did, and just played football.”

Things were going so well for Luck in the second half that you forgot he started slow because he sat out the final 4:49 of the game, ending his string of taking every regular-season snap since the Colts selected him with the No. 1 overall pick in 2012.

“I think we knew we were a better offense than what we showed,” Luck said. “It’s a credit to Jacksonville. They really put us in some tough spots.”