In the aftermath of the Indianapolis Colts’ dramatic wild-card victory over Kansas City, Andrew Luck, the architect of the second-half rally, was praised up one side and down the other.
Not that anyone can blame General Manager Ryan Grigson for the way in which he described his quarterback after he passed for 443 yards and four touchdowns in a 45-44 win, but he wrote a pretty big check for the kid to cover Saturday night.
“He’s always been a different animal in the fourth quarter, his whole life,” Grigson said (via the NFL Network). “And just even hearing the story from his uncle [and agent, Will Wilson]. He relishes those moments. It’s like [Michael] Jordan when he’d take that last shot — he wants the ball. This guy, we’re so blessed, he wants the ball in those situations. Other guys don’t want the ball; they want to hand it off. They don’t really want it — they’re gonna be half-stepping it. This kid is gonna rear back and throw a bomb when he has all the pressure on him. And that’s a thing of beauty. You’re born with that.”
Luck did it with his feet when he scored on a fumble recovery that cut the Chiefs’ lead to three early in the fourth quarter and then on a bomb to T.Y. Hilton, whom he told in the huddle, “Just run.”
Luck is the first player to pass for over 8,000 yards in his first two NFL seasons, but sometimes Saturday he resembled Brett Favre more than his Airness. He was intercepted three times, occasionally throwing some baffling passes, but ended up with his first playoff victory. It gets a little more challenging to continue the legend narrative next week, when Luck, who is all of 24, will get a chance to outplay either Peyton Manning or Tom Brady. Step 2 in getting to Jordan territory.
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