Following a Legend: Andrew Luck AFC Wild Card at Baltimore Ravens

Andrew Luck’s record-breaking rookie season came to a disappointing end in a 24-9 loss in Baltimore in the AFC Wild Card round. Even in defeat, Luck set rookie playoff records with 28 completions and 54 pass attempts, while throwing for the most yards (288) since Sammy Baugh way back in 1937. But the experienced Ravens […]

Following a Legend: Andrew Luck Week 17 vs. Houston Texans

It was an emotional day in Indianapolis with the return of coach Chuck Pagano, and the Colts gave him one of their best efforts of the season. Andrew Luck played turnover-free football, and hit the biggest pass play of his career, which just so happened to come on a critical 3rd and 23 in the […]

Following a Legend: Andrew Luck Week 16 at Kansas City Chiefs

It was a record-setting day for Andrew Luck in Kansas City as the Colts earned their 10th win and clinched a playoff spot in the AFC. Luck’s performance was up and down, including a season-worst streak of 10 straight incomplete passes in the second half. But that was immediately followed up with six straight completions, […]

Following a Legend: Andrew Luck Week 15 at Houston Texans

In his 14th career game Andrew Luck experienced some career-worst numbers in a tough 29-17 loss to Houston that clinched the AFC South for the Texans. Luck had season lows in first downs (7), completions (13) and tied his career-low in passing yards (186). He also did not convert a single third down (0/7). I […]

Following a Legend: Andrew Luck Week 14 vs. Tennessee Titans

Andrew Luck had a very efficient performance on the road in Tennessee back in Week 8. This time he was…less than efficient, but the result was the same: another comeback, another game-winning drive, and another win. The Titans also amped up the pressure once again, and to better results, even if some were aided by […]

Following a Legend: Andrew Luck Week 13 at Detroit Lions

Andrew Luck had himself a Star Wars type of day in Detroit on Sunday. Like many of the Colts’ road games this year, it started out with a new hope, as Luck completed the longest pass of his career and then a touchdown to put the team up 7-3. But the evil empire would strike […]

Following a Legend: Andrew Luck Week 12 vs. Buffalo Bills

Though held to 13 points on offense (second lowest of the season), the Colts did just enough to get the win to move to 7-4. Andrew Luck had an average game, but did enough damage on third down with Reggie Wayne and a touchdown pass to T.Y. Hilton, who also had a 75-yard punt return […]

Following a Legend: Andrew Luck Week 11 at New England Patriots

Expecting a very tough game in New England, the Colts started well with consecutive scoring drives to take a 14-7 lead. But two return touchdowns in the second quarter put them behind, and they never recovered the rest of the game. The Patriots ran it up to 59 points, with three big return touchdowns, including […]

Following a Legend: Andrew Luck Week 10 at Jacksonville Jaguars

When the Colts lost to Jacksonville in Week 3, the team looked to have quite a way to go to get back to prominence in the AFC. But flash forward to Week 10 and these two teams could not have moved in further directions. Jacksonville (1-8) has not won another game, while the Colts continue […]

Following a Legend: Andrew Luck Week 9 vs. Miami Dolphins

Andrew Luck had his first “wow” game of his career. While he’s had great moments, great halves this season, this was the first complete effort, and it was a record-setting performance with 433 yards passing. It concluded with Luck’s fourth game-winning drive in just eight games, which no rookie has ever done before. The list […]

Following a Legend: Andrew Luck Week 8 at Tennessee Titans

Andrew Luck made some history for himself in Week 8. He picked up his first road win, helped the Colts end their 10-game road losing streak, and put his name in the record books as having the first game-winning touchdown pass in the modified overtime in the regular season. Luck became the first rookie ever […]

Following a Legend: Andrew Luck Week 7 vs. Cleveland Browns

The Colts played a strange game in Week 7, but strange usually still beats bad like the game they played last week.   Andrew Luck became the first Indianapolis quarterback to rush for two touchdowns in a game since Ricky Turner (who?) in 1988. After scoring 17 points on their first four drives, the Colts were […]

Following a Legend: Andrew Luck Week 6 at New York Jets

Rather than build off last week’s incredible win, the Colts and Andrew Luck had a letdown in only their second road game of the season. The Jets took the lead early in the second quarter and never looked back on their way to a 35-9 win.  It happens to teams in this phase. Even Peyton […]

Following a Legend: Andrew Luck Week 5 vs. Green Bay Packers

Andrew Luck had his best game yet in leading the Colts back from a 21-3 halftime deficit over the Green Bay Packers. It ties the largest comeback win of the season, and the largest by a rookie since Matthew Stafford’s 21-point comeback over Cleveland in 2009.   For the third straight game Luck led the offense […]

Following a Legend: Andrew Luck Week 3 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Andrew Luck came very close to his first NFL winning streak on Sunday, but the Colts were outdone in the final minute by a stunning 80-yard touchdown. It was only the 20th time since 1981 that a team took over in the final minute of the game and scored a game-winning touchdown. Last week we […]

Following a Legend: Andrew Luck Week 2 vs. Minnesota Vikings

In his second outing things went much smoother for Andrew Luck in his home debut. He was more accurate, decisive, and it is not certain how much of this can be explained by playing the Minnesota Vikings instead of the Chicago Bears.  Regardless, Luck showed everything that made him the No. 1 pick in the […]

Following a Legend: Andrew Luck Week 1 at Chicago Bears

This is the first chapter in what will hopefully be a long story about an Indianapolis quarterback that is trying to follow a legend in Peyton Manning, while facing the pressure of becoming one himself.  This is Andrew Luck; broken down weekly in a way that I hope can set a new standard in football […]

Why the Colts are a 9-10 Playoff Team in the Peyton Manning Era

Scott Kacsmar completes his opus on the historical oddities that make up the Colts’ 9-10 playoff record in the Peyton Manning era. Rather than succumb to the Irsay/Manning soap opera, let’s take one final, in-depth look at the intricacies that have led to the 9-10 playoff record the Indianapolis Colts have in the Peyton Manning […]

Irrational Eli vs. Peyton Postseason Debate Begins

Scott Kacsmar gets an early jump on the irrational “Who’s the best Manning brother in the playoffs?” debate. Must-read history inside. Other than a quick and disappointing exit in San Francisco this Sunday, there is nothing stopping the “Eli is the best Manning in the postseason” media express.   In fact, the train’s already taken […]

Colts: Most Bizarre Playoff Stat in NFL History

Scott Kacsmar looks at one of the most bizarre stats in NFL history, and it just so happens to involve the Colts and the postseason. Since the Colts have practically been eliminated from the playoffs since September, let’s take a look back at the times they were in the postseason.  This week I wrote a […]