Call it a shock, a surprise, a stunner or any other word for astonishment that springs to mind.
What the Indianapolis Colts accomplished Sunday afternoon at Ford Field was nothing short of a miracle in the Motor City.
Trailing 33-21, with an offense that went AWOL for most of the second half and a 6-foot-5 human cheat code playing wide receiver on the other side, rookie quarterback Andrew Luck threw two touchdown passes in the final two minutes and 39 seconds, and the Colts (8-4) shocked the Detroit Lions
(4-8) 35-33 to add another chapter to their fairy tale season.
“It’s never over till the last tick goes off the clock,” Indianapolis interim head coach/offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said. “I thought Andrew was outstanding in the last drive, especially overcoming some poor plays early in the game that we’ve still got to rectify on the road. But we found a way to win a ballgame on the road against a very quality opponent.”
This just doesn’t happen.
A rookie quarterback is not supposed to get away with throwing three interceptions -- the last on an overthrow that handed a red-hot offense the football near midfield with a two-score lead and 6:49 remaining in the game -- and then find a way to steal a victory.
Luck was hit hard for a seven-yard sack by Detroit defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh on the first play from scrimmage, and it looked as though things might not get better the rest of the day.
He threw two interceptions in the first half as the Colts fell behind
23-14 at the break. And he led four drives that gained of total of 13 yards after Indianapolis cut its deficit to 23-21 with a touchdown on the first drive of the third quarter.
Meanwhile, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford and wide receiver Calvin Johnson were playing near the top of their respective games. Stafford finished 27-of-46 for 313 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.
Johnson performed his full “Megatron” act, catching 13 passes for 171 yards and one score.