INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The Colts returned to their practice complex Monday to review the game tape of their comeback win against the Green Bay Packers Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The team’s rally was inspired by their head coach, Chuck Pagano, who is in a local hospital battling leukemia. Colts owner Jim Irsay presented Pagano with the game ball from Sunday’s win. Interim head coach Bruce Arians told reporters Monday that it was a great moment talking to Pagano, but that he had to get in line because everyone wanted to talk to him.
The Packers’ Mason Crosby missed a 51-yard field goal attempt to seal the 30-27 win.
"I thought about Chuck when he missed that field,” Arians said. “Actually, right as he was lining up for it and that's about the only time I gave myself a chance to think about it. That was it."
The Colts trailed 21-3 at halftime but scored 16 points in the third quarter to get back into the game, including Andrew Luck’s first career rushing touchdown.
"It was nice to come out in the second half and put some points on the board, which is something we stressed after the first three games of the season,” Luck said. “You realize games aren't really over until they're over.”
Pagano wrote the team a letter before Sunday’s game and has been communicating with players through text message.
“He's fired up in the text message,” Dwight Freeney told reporters Monday. “That's just how he is. It's good to see that he's doing well and we can do just a little bit to get him going on the right track."
Colts safety Antoine Bethea added, “Since he's not in the meeting room, he definitely has some good speeches with him. Through text, that's the way to get your point across is with all caps. It seems like he's doing good and in good spirits.”