Chuck Pagano gets standing ovation

Updated: November 25, 2012, 6:39 PM ET
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Colts head coach Chuck Pagano received a standing ovation from the Lucas Oil Stadium crowd during Sunday's 20-13 win over Buffalo.

With 11:23 left in the fourth quarter, team owner Jim Irsay walked outside his owner's box with Pagano and the two waved to the crowd.

"I couldn't be prouder of the football team, because Chuck was here and the goal was to make him smile when he left," Colts interim coach Bruce Arians said after the game. "I'm sure he's up there smiling."

It was the second straight home game Pagano has attended. He watched the last game from the coach's box.

Pagano, who has lost his hair as he undergoes chemotherapy has not been involved with the usual day-to-day operations since being diagnosed with leukemia Sept. 26. His doctor said earlier this month that the cancer was in complete remission.

After the second of three chemotherapy sessions went surprisingly well, Pagano was allowed to go home for the Thanksgiving holiday and held his newborn baby granddaughter Zoe.

Between the third and fourth quarters, two Colts cheerleaders shaved their heads after a fundraising drive raised more than $22,000 for leukemia research.

The Colts improved to 7-4 after Sunday's victory.

Information from ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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