by Miami’s Chris Clemons.
on second down, and Dolphins cornerback Nolan Carroll batted the ball away from Griff Whalen on third down.
Miami brought the house on the final snap, veteran running back Donald Brown was bowled over by former Indianapolis linebacker Philip Wheeler and Luck was swallowed in a sea of white jerseys before he ever had a chance to make a throw.
“You never want to get sacked on fourth down,” Luck said. “That’s almost one of those cardinal sins, if you will, of playing football. You get the ball out of your hands no matter what. So I’m severely disappointed with myself for not giving our guys a chance because I thought the O-line did a heck of a job all day.”
Luck was sacked three times overall but just once before the fourth quarter.
His biggest regret likely came earlier in the final period when a pass intended for Reggie Wayne was intercepted by Miami’s Brent Grimes in the end zone.
The play came on first down from the Dolphins’ 34-yard line and wiped out a drive that started at the Colts’ own 39. Luck said he should have gone to Whalen on a checkdown instead of throwing the ball up for grabs.
Wayne took the blame himself.
“(Grimes) made a good play,” the veteran wide receiver said. “I got to be a better defender. I got to keep him from intercepting that ball.”
Miami grabbed the lead for good with 4:40 remaining in the third quarter when tight end Charles Clay bulled into the end zone from 1-yard out on the first carry of his NFL career.
The touchdown proved to be the final lead change in a game that was much wilder than its 14-3 start might have suggested.
Led by quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who finished 23-of-34 for 319 yards with one touchdown and no picks, the Dolphins scored on each of their first two possessions. The first touchdown came on an 18-yard screen pass to Mike Wallace — who finished with nine catches for 115 yards — and the second came on a 10-yard run by Lamar Miller.