On a screen to wide receiver Griff Whalen, he noticed defensive end Derrick Morgan sniffing out the route. So he pump faked instead of throwing the football, and when Morgan leapt to bat down the pass, Luck escaped for an 11-yard touchdown run.
"He's a special player, and his ability as an athlete, I think, is underrated," Fleener said. "To be able to run and break tackles and make people miss, it's something that I don't think he gets enough credit for."
Pagano joked he missed Luck's halftime pep talk because he was in the trainer's room hooked up to a defibrillator.
"Believe me, it won't be cancer that gets me," he said, using dark humor to allay concerns about the Colts' seemingly constant deficits.
Pagano said the term "slow start" will now be eliminated from the locker room, just as "rebuild" was forbidden during his first season at the helm.
"It's a self-fulfilling prophecy now," he said. "It's all we've talked about. I'm to the point now where we might as well just put 14 on the board before we ever kick the damn thing off and just have the guys at least look up there and say, 'Oh, crap, we're down 14. We better get going.'"