INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - It just keeps getting better for Andrew Luck and the Colts.
Not only did they win their third straight game and put themselves in the playoff hunt, but Luck set the single game rookie passing record with 433 yards playing in front of their cancer-stricken coach who addressed the team both before and after the victory.
"It was tough man, it was hard to hold everything back, a bunch of teary eyes and everything,” said Reggie Wayne who caught one of two TD passes thrown by Luck. “It was good, it was a big win for us. We knew it would take everything we had to get it done, and it was sweeter to have him here to enjoy it with us."
Dwight Freeney had a sack and two quarterback hits.
“Definitely emotional game, this was a big game on multiple levels, but obviously having Chuck here made it all that much better."
Antoine Bethea also looked at the big picture.
"Emotional win, seeing him come in, and as far as the playoff run, both teams coming in 4-3 that was big, it was an AFC game, but being able to win in front of Chuck was huge for us."
How is this team getting it done? It’s Luck’s fourth rally in either the final quarter or overtime.
"I don't know, we've got to stop that, it's giving me a heart attack on the sideline,” said tight end Dwayne Allen. “But Coach Pagano being here today really and truly inspired us."
Luck’s numbers continue to grow, but the Stanford rookie isn’t about personal records. He’s happy to be in the mix.
"We do believe in ourselves and I know the city believes in us. I tell you its a fun team to be on, a fun place to play, and I'm really enjoying it."
"We've got a resilient bunch of guys, we lost players during the game, guys stepped in, so many I can't name them all, but it was definitely a team effort again," added interim coach Bruce Arians, now 3-1 leading the team in Pagano’s absence.
On the down side, the Colts had six more starters leave the game with injuries. Add Vontae Davis and Coby Fleener to that group, and the Colts could be really short-handed when they visit Jacksonville on Thursday