Andrew Luck appears to be the frontrunner for the Rookie of the Year award following a stunning come-from-behind win for the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.
The Colts trailed the Detriot Lions by nine entering the fourth quarter, but Luck was able to lead Indianapolis to victory, 35-33.
In the fourth, Luck found Lavon Brazil and Donnie Avery for two touchdown passes to lead the Colts to victory. The final touchdown pass to Avery was the decider, as it came at the end of the game.
"You always hesitate throwing the ball not in the end zone, for fear of the clock running out with a guy in bounds," Luck said. "Took the calculated risk that Donnie could get there in the end zone, and he did."
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Though Avery was a hero for Indianapolis on Sunday, Luck's contribution can't be dismissed. He completed 24 of his 54 passes for 391 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions, while also rushing for 33 yards on three carries.
Luck has helped lead the Colts to six wins in their last seven games. The Colts won just two games this season. This season, Indianapolis has eight wins in 12 games.
Luck is fourth in the NFL in passing yards (3,596) and is tied for eighth in completions (279) with former MVP Aaron Rodgers.
However, the former Stanford star has also had some struggles. Luck, who has battled minor knee problems, has thrown nearly as many interceptions (16) as touchdown passes (17). His 71.6 passer rating is unimpressive, but he has been hurried with 28 sacks.
It is the victory total that many will likely point to when the voting for the top rookie takes place. While Peyton Manning has been a top contributor to the Denver Broncos, few people in the Colts organization are lamenting the decision to draft Luck.
The Colts have the best record amongst non-divisional leaders in the AFC. Though Indianapolis isn't assured a playoff spot with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals just one game behind them for one of the two Wild Card spots, things are looking good for the Colts.
Many experts are likely to discuss Luck's heroics on Sunday if the Colts make their way into the postseason. After struggling against Detroit in the first half with three interceptions, Luck battled back. Those types of games leave an impression on fans and writers.
"At halftime, I wanted to trade him," said quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen, with a smile.