Now Luck is off to a better winning start than any other rookie quarterback ever taken at No. 1 overall in NFL history.
Luck tossed a screen pass that fellow rookie Vick Ballard took 16 yards for a touchdown 4:49 into overtime, even if the running back had to take to the air to reach the goal line upside down, and the Colts rallied in beating the Tennessee Titans 19-13 on Sunday for their second straight win.
“When he called it, I wasn’t too surprised because it had worked in practice and with the way things were going, I thought it was a great call,” Luck said. “And I’m glad it worked out.”
Luck threw for 297 yards with a TD and an interception, shaking off two sacks before driving the Colts on not one but two 80-yard scoring drives. Luck has one more win through seven games than Peyton Manning managed all of his rookie season, and his .571 winning percentage is the highest through Week 8 in NFL history.
And the Colts (4-3) now have not only their first road win of this season, but their first since 2010 when Manning still was their quarterback.
“We got four more wins than everyone thought we would have, so that’s good,” Colts linebacker Pat Angerer said.
The Titans (3-5) missed a big opportunity to reach .500 after starting 1-4, and they can blame themselves for missing their third straight win when they couldn’t come through with a third straight fourth-quarter rally after not holding onto a fourth-quarter lead.
The Titans led most of the game even with left tackle Michael Roos out due to an appendectomy. Right tackle David Stewart and right guard Leroy Harris each hurt right knees on the opening drive. Stewart returned, though Harris never did.
Matt Hasselbeck threw for 236 yards and a TD pass that was the 200th of his career making him the 32nd player in NFL history to reach that mark. Michael Griffin got an interception and also blocked a 37-yard field goal at the end of the first half.
But the Titans came in giving up more points than any team in the NFL, and they just couldn’t make the stop to give their offense one last chance.
Delone Carter tied the game at 13 with his 1-yard TD run with 3:24 left in regulation.View Entire Story
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