Thoughts on the Colts’ 35-33 win over the Lions at Ford Field:
What it means: The Colts rallied from behind, saw Andrew Luck build his early legend and stole a game they could easily have lost. The victory moved them to 8-4 and strengthened their hold on the No. 5 spot in the AFC playoff field. Indianapolis has quadrupled last season’s win total.
Fantastic finish: Andrew Luck and the Colts offense got the ball back at their 25-yard line with 1:07 left in the game and no timeouts. Luck engineered a masterful drive that got Indianapolis to the Detroit 14-yard line with four chances to win the game. After three incomplete passes, they faced fourth down with three seconds left. Luck ran right and, just before he got to the line of scrimmage, flicked a short pass to Donnie Avery just ahead of him, then chased Avery into the end zone to celebrate the game-winner.
What I liked: The Colts trailed 33-21 with 8:41 left in the game and Luck threw a pick that gave the Lions the ball with 6:40 left. But Indianapolis’ defense got the ball back for Luck and the offense twice, and he drove the team to two touchdowns for the come-from-behind win. The defense allowed only three first downs on the Lions’ four final possessions.
More on Luck’s numbers: He threw 30 incomplete passes. Thirty. Three of them were intercepted (but turned into only three Lions points). The 24 passes Luck did complete went for an average of 16.3 yards and totaled 391 yards. Harp on the completion percentage or the picks if you like. For a rookie quarterback to have that average and total yardage and produce a game-winning drive is extraordinary.
What’s next: The Colts have a chance to clinch a winning season when they host the Titans, whom they beat 19-13 in overtime in Nashville on Oct. 28.