Luck pushes Pats-Colts stakes higher

It's not the same without Brady vs. Manning, but new guy should prove worthy foe

Updated: November 19, 2012, 9:58 AM ET
By Jackie MacMullan | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- There's a new wrinkle in the old rivalry, a freshly pressed crease in the Patriots-Colts tapestry that already has a texture of permanence to it.

His name is Andrew Luck, an exceedingly well-prepared young quarterback who has managed the unfathomable: seamlessly replacing his childhood hero Peyton Manning. Luck's uncommon confluence of skills (strong arm, excellent footwork, athletic knack for avoiding the rush, poise under pressure) has already translated into game-winning ...

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