Colts ride Luck to buck Broncos' unbeaten run

Sun Nov 8, 2015 9:48pm EST
 
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(The Sports Xchange) - Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts spoiled the Denver Broncos' perfect season when Adam Vinatieri's 55-yard field goal with 6:13 remaining gave Indianapolis a 27-24 victory on Sunday.

Cornerback Darius Butler then intercepted a Peyton Manning pass 13 seconds later, and Denver (7-1) never got the ball back as the Colts ruined Manning's push for two NFL records.

Manning finished 21 of 36 for 281 yards, two touchdowns and two costly interceptions. He had needed 284 passing yards to pass Brett Favre's NFL career record and needed one victory for his 187th, which also would break the NFL record set by Favre.

Luck, who replaced Manning in Indianapolis after he was released by the team following the 2011 season, completed 21 of 36 passes for 252 yards and two touchdowns.

"Finally, we didn't shoot ourselves in the foot," said Luck, who struggled with turnovers and sacks during the first eight games of the season.

"The defense and special teams were great complementary pieces today. And for once we weren't down three scores, which limits what you can do offensively.

"We know we have the pieces to be a great team, and today, we made some passes, were consistent and got lucky with a couple of dropped (potential) interceptions.

"We all needed a win after all that has happened, so this was almost like a one-game playoff. Everybody did a great job blocking out all the situations we had going this week."

Indianapolis, who broke a three-game losing streak with the win, took a 7-0 lead on Frank Gore's seven-yard run in the ifrst quarter, capping a seven-play 80-yard drive that included a 28-yard pass from Luck to T.Y. Hilton.   Continued...

 
Nov 8, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA;  Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) throws a pass against the Denver Broncos at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports