The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Pro Sports

January 5, 2014

Luck reaches new level with playoff rally

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ANDERSON, Ind. —

That includes his miscues against the Chiefs. An interception on the final drive of the first half cost the Colts nothing more than possession. But his two second-half picks led to 10 Kansas City points and complicated Indianapolis' comeback attempt.

The final turnover came at his own 28 with 5:44 remaining in the third quarter. The Colts had shaved a 28-point deficit to 38-24, and the defense had just forced one of two Kansas City punts.

Luck's pass went through wide receiver T.Y. Hilton's hands and was intercepted by Husain Abdullah. As he watched the Chiefs drive for a field goal to push their lead back to 17 points, NBC's cameras caught Luck's expression on the sideline.

It was somewhere north of anger and disgust, and the quarterback later admitted he was frustrated with himself at that moment. But he took none of that discontent with him back onto the field.

"I think the thing that's great about him is he's no different in the huddle during those times usually than he is at any other time," left tackle Anthony Castonzo said. "Everything's very methodical. He looks at every play as a new game, and I think everybody on offense looks at each play as a new game that we can win. If we take it one play at a time, usually we end up doing pretty well."

The Colts' remarkable rally began with a 46-yard completion to Da'Rick Rogers that set up a 10-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. That came on the drive immediately following Luck's second interception.

On the three drives after his third, the quarterback threw a pair of touchdown passes and rumbled into the end zone himself after recovering a Brown fumble.

He finished 29-of-45 overall with a career-high 443 yards — the fifth-highest total in playoff history, one spot below Manning — and four touchdowns. The final score came with 4:21 remaining on a perfectly thrown 64-yard pass to Hilton.

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