INDIANAPOLIS – In the Colts' biggest game of the season so far, quarterback Andrew Luck pulled out a familiar storyline: a late-game comeback.
Luck threw for 229 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead the Colts to a 34-28 win over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium. The win improved the Colts to 4-1 heading into a game at San Diego next Monday night.
Here are some of Luck's comments after the big win:
Can you talk about the resilience of this team when you were down 12 points?
“It sure felt like a lot more than 12 points. Then you look up at the scoreboard and it's 14-12 and we're up. It didn't feel like we're up. Guys keep fighting. It's been that way since I've been here. I think it's really set by Reggie Wayne, Robert Mathis, Cory Redding, the veteran guys. They just play football. I bet Robert doesn't even look at the scoreboard during the game. He's just going as hard as he can every play. We just try to follow him.”
Do you especially savor these fourth-quarter victories?
“That's a good question. Like you said, at the end of the day, a win is a win. If it was ugly, if it was great, two-minute comeback, you hold on for dear life. A chance to beat a good team in front of our home fans. We'd lost our last home game. To get back on track at home, we take a lot of pride in that. Maybe there's something special about the close ones. A win is a win. I'm sure you ask every guy in the locker room and they're happy with a win.”
Scheme-wise, what were you able to do to get T.Y. Hilton so open?
“Nothing really changed too much. When you have Reggie Wayne and T.Y. and DHB (Darrius Heyward-Bey), they'll get open eventually. You can't consistently cover those guys 60 minutes. Their corners, their secondary, they do a great job. They're long. They're physical. They keep working. A lot of respect for the way they played. I'm sure our wide outs would say the same thing. But they just kept working and working and once you get a little bit of rhythm, I think it sort of always just helps.”
Were there some pretty tight windows to throw into there?
“Yeah, I think in this league there's going to be tight windows every week. You have phenomenal athletes in this secondary. They did a great job early of really constricting those windows, batting balls down. I think we sort of just found our footing and kept working and stuff started to click.”
How was T.Y. Hilton so open on the first touchdown?
“I think the corner sat a little bit on the shallow or out route, if you will. When T.Y. is running fast, not many guys can catch him. He had some space. The line did a great job protecting. In those situations, give him a ball that he doesn't have to slow down for and see what happens. When he gets the ball in his hands, good things happen. It turns into a punt return. When he starts running, good things happen.”
Can you talk about really finishing the game with that last field goal?
“I do think it mattered. That extra field goal always matters. Obviously, we would have loved to convert it on that last third down and take a knee and run the clock out, but we didn't. A huge drive. When Trent Richardson runs, he's always falling forward. Donald Brown. Reggie Wayne always makes plays in the fourth quarters when he needs to. It was a good drive. The line, hats off for them. It was tough sledding for those first couple of quarters. They just kept working and stuff started to click.”
You guys don't seem to panic when you're down in a game. What was the conversation in the huddle at 12-0?
“I'll sound like a broken record, but just keep working. I don't think it's in the DNA of a Pagano-coached team to hang your head or to get too high when you're doing something well. There's a certain consistency. His approach is very methodical. He has a great energy. You're playing hard no matter what the circumstances.”
What was the difference in the second half for the offense?
“It's hard for me to say without looking at the film. I'll have a better answer for you tomorrow. It just felt like we got in a better rhythm. Running the ball always helps. When you can get the run game going, it helps the pass game. We started using the snap count a little more. They were doing a great job up front. I'll have a better answer for you tomorrow.”
With the Titans losing, you guys are in first place in the AFC South for the first time since you've been here. How does that feel?
“It'll feel good if it's the last week of the season. For now, I guess it's better than the alternatives.”