Luck became the first rookie quarterback to lead a game-winning drive in the final minute of a fourth quarter since Manning... Archie Manning, as the NFL’s Randall Liu pointed out.
The win was the first of the season for Indianapolis, and the first in the career of both Luck and first-year head coach Chuck Pagano.
But it was Luck’s poise when the Colts got the ball back with 31 seconds left and the game tied that should have Indy fans feeling good about their No. 1 overall pick after a tumultuous Week 1 performance.
The 23-year-old evaded the Vikings’ pass rush to complete consecutive 20-yard passes to Donnie Avery and Reggie Wayne in a span of just 13 seconds, and then drew Minnesota offside to put the Colts in field goal range.
Sunday’s showing bodes well for the rest of the season and beyond, and teammates are taking notice.
Wayne — who spent the last 11 years catching passes from Peyton Manning — put it simply after the game: “Kid’s got poise. Got some winning blood in his veins.”
Indianapolis Star columnist Bob Kravitz was also impressed.
“We just bore witness to Luck’s first signature moment,” he wrote in his post-game piece. “There will be plenty more to come.”