Andrew Luck engineered Indy's great escape last week. Image courtesy of heraldsun.com.au/Getty Images
It’s the master against the apprentice on Sunday morning (AEST) when the man with the potential to be the NFL’s next great quarterback, Andrew Luck , takes his Indianapolis Colts to Massachusetts to take on the QB with the most wins in playoff history, Tom Brady , and his New England Patriots . That the Colts are still alive almost defies belief, given Luck threw three interceptions last week en route to his team falling 38-10 behind against Kansas City. He launched a quite stunning comeback against one of the league’s best defensive units in the second half, throwing four touchdown passes and running for one, himself, as Indy triumphed 45-44 in one of the wildest postseason games in history.
Luck connected on 29 of 45 passes for 443 yards, but receiver T.Y Hilton was every bit as responsible for the comeback. The wideout snapped up 13 of those throws for 224 receiving yards and two TDs. Running back Donald Brown also finished with a rushing and receiving touchdown.
The Patriots were resting last week after capturing another AFC East title, but the old warriors need every bit of R’n’R they can get. New England’s casualty ward includes gun tight end Rob Gronkowski (ACL/MCL), offensive tackle Sebastien Vollmer (leg), as well as several defensive linchpins, including linebacker Brandon Spikes who has gone down with a season-ending knee injury.
New England is trying to become the first team in a decade to go to three straight conference championship games. The Pats won their only previous encounter against a Luck-led Colts outfit 59-24 early in the quarterback’s rookie season.
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