INDIANAPOLIS — Quarterback Andrew Luck’s seven-yr NFL résumé options 21 come-from-behind victories when trailing in the fourth quarter and time beyond regulation.
However there’s one come-from-behind victory that almost all refer to when it comes to Luck.
It occurred Jan. four, 2014, at Lucas Oil Stadium.
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Indianapolis Colts vs. Kansas Metropolis Chiefs in the AFC wild-card playoffs.
The Colts fell behind 38-10 some 76 seconds into the third quarter earlier than Luck did the close to-inconceivable: He led them to a 45-44 victory — the NFL’s second-largest postseason comeback victory — by throwing for 443 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Because the Colts prepped for Saturday’s sport in Kansas Metropolis (four:35 p.m. ET, NBC) in the AFC divisional playoffs, Luck was requested in regards to the rally.
“There are some actually good recollections from that sport,” he mentioned this week. “There are additionally some not-so-good recollections from that sport. We dug ourselves fairly the outlet.”
That is simply Luck being Luck, not wanting to reward himself. What he did that Saturday evening greater than 5 years in the past, was, as lengthy-snapper Matt Overton mentioned on the time, “an ESPN Instantaneous Traditional.”
There are two poster-sized Sports activities Illustrated covers of Luck diving in for a landing hanging on the wall in the workplace of the workforce’s media-relations division.
“The quarterback performed his tail off,” former Colts coach Chuck Pagano informed ESPN this week. “You at all times have religion and perception, and Andrew provides you hope. Any time you trot him on the market, your workforce has hope. I do know it was a whole workforce deal, however he provides you hope.”
From dangerous to worse
|1992||Wild card||Payments 41, Oilers 38||Trailed 35-Three (third quarter)|
|2013||Wild card||Colts 45, Chiefs 44||Trailed 38-10 (third quarter)|
|2016||Tremendous Bowl||Patriots 34, Falcons 28 (OT)||Trailed 28-Three (third quarter)|
|2002||Wild card||49ers 39, Giants 38||Trailed 38-14 (third quarter)|
Pagano, in accordance to tight finish Dwayne Allen, tried to get his gamers motivated by yelling and cursing at them at halftime, when the Colts had been trailing 31-10.
It did not work.
The Colts received the ball to open the second half, however their very first play of the third quarter was Luck’s second of three interceptions. The Chiefs scored three performs later to take the 38-10 lead.
“I gave a type of ‘win one for the Gipper’ speeches after which exit and do this,” Pagano mentioned. “Throw in the interception, after which the following factor we’re down 28 factors. Superb.
“I bear in mind telling the fellows there’s not a play you’ll be able to rating 28 factors on. It is inconceivable. One play at a time, similar mantra. We simply wanted to catch a break right here or there, and we did.”
Getting some momentum
The Colts received one thing going after they responded to Kansas Metropolis’s rating with a 10-yard Donald Brown landing. However issues began to change in their favor when Colts go-rusher Robert Mathis had considered one of his patented strip-sacks on Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith. It gave the Colts the ball at their very own 46-yard line.
“You at all times bear in mind Robert Mathis’ strip-sacks since you grew up listening to about them, and then you definately get to see them stay and it helps you,” Luck mentioned. “I do not forget that being fairly cool.”
The Colts made it a 38-24 sport 5 performs in a while one other Brown landing.
They knew it
It was prefer it was meant to be for the Colts when Brown fumbled early in the fourth quarter, the ball bounced off middle Samson Satele’s helmet and Luck grabbed it and dove into the top zone from 5 yards out to lower the Chiefs’ lead to 41-38.
“I bear in mind turning round and seeing the ball on the bottom and going ‘Oh s—!’ and Andrew grabs it and dives in,” left deal with Anthony Castonzo mentioned.
Momentum was in the Colts’ favor then.
“Hop, skip and leap into the top zone and he scores,” Pagano mentioned about Luck. “Simply loopy. As soon as that begins to occur and that momentum switches, something can occur. I believe that is the place we lastly caught a break and made a few performs. The strip-sack, that momentum and all that stuff, you simply really feel it on the sideline, and you are like, ‘That is going to occur, we’re going to get this factor completed.'”
Simply run deep
The Colts had been in the huddle, down 44-38, when Luck informed T.Y. Hilton, who had 13 catches for 224 yards, to simply “run.”
And that is what Hilton did, as he received behind Kansas Metropolis’s protection for 64-yard landing go with four:21 remaining that ended up being the successful rating.
“He launched it and I went and received it,” Hilton mentioned. “It was enjoyable. It was particular. We simply by no means gave up, by no means gave in. It was a tricky sport. It was just about down the entire sport after which in direction of the top, we simply discovered a manner to get a dub.”
Pagano could not breathe straightforward till Smith’s closing go try to receiver Dwayne Bowe, who had eight catches for 150 yards, fell incomplete on fourth down.
“You could not calm down, particularly with the sport Bowe had,” Pagano mentioned. “I simply do not forget that feeling when it was out of bounds, incomplete and it was over. All people was spent. Emotionally, bodily.”
After the sport
There wasn’t a lot to be enthusiastic about in Kansas Metropolis’s locker room.
“Numerous disappointment and shock,” Chiefs defensive lineman Allen Bailey mentioned. “We had a 20-something-level lead. Individuals had been upset, offended, what occurred. The way it occurred.”
Not surprisingly, the Colts’ locker room was a madhouse after the sport. Gamers ran round celebrating, and a few mocked the media for pondering the sport was over after they fell behind 38-10 early in the third quarter.
“As people you are able to do superb issues, however as a workforce you can also make miracles occur,” Pagano mentioned. “We made a miracle that day with the second-largest comeback in the historical past of the Nationwide Soccer League. It is actually what we based mostly our complete tradition and basis [on] was that course of. It simply solidified every little thing we had been about and simply once more, you like these moments. Spending that point collectively after an incredible comeback like that.”
ESPN Kansas Metropolis Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher contributed.