Colts roll past outmanned Bengals for wildcard victory

Sun Jan 4, 2015 5:29pm EST
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(Reuters) - Quarterback Andrew Luck led the Indianapolis Colts to a 26-10 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC wildcard game on Sunday to set up a divisional round clash with Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.

Luck, who was drafted to replace Manning at the Colts, threw for 376 yards and one touchdown on 31 of 44 passing in a game in which the Colts rarely looked in danger of losing.

The Indianapolis quarterback was particularly impressive on a 36-yard pass on the run to Donte Moncrief for a decisive third quarter touchdown as the Colts prepared to meet the Broncos for the second time this season next Sunday.

Denver won the first matchup 31-24 at home in the season-opener.

"He was outstanding," said Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said of Luck. "He just took what they gave him. He did a great job, he bought time. The one magical play to Moncrief was Andrew at his finest.

"He is a maestro back there, he is unbelievable. He made great decisions today and made them all day long and it was a great game for him," added the Colts coach.

The Bengals have not won a playoff game since the 1990 season and have now lost in the wildcard round for the past four years.

"You are going to be judged on what you do in the playoffs and we haven't won yet," said quarterback Andy Dalton, who was played in all four of those wildcard losses.

"We are going to do everything we can to figure out how to get over this hump".   Continued...

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne (87) is tackled by Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Darqueze Dennard (21)  during the second half in the 2014 AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports