Never, ever count out Andrew Luck. The Indianapolis Colts struggled for most of the afternoon but overcame a double-digit deficit to defeat the Cleveland Browns, 25-24.
The Colts offense turned the ball over four times and gave up two touchdowns off turnovers but managed to put together a drive in the final minutes to steal a much needed road win. After converting on fourth down at the goal line, Luck found T.Y. Hilton on a shallow cross for the game winning touchdown.
It was Luck’s 12th career game winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime.
Luck lost a fumble in the first half that would be recovered in the end zone for touchdown. He went on to throw an interception that was returned for a touchdown in the third quarter. With the Colts down just two, Luck had a pass tipped and resulted in his second interception of the day.
Luck had a passer rating of 59.8, his lowest of the season. He completed just 24-of-53 passes for 294 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He also had five carries for 37 yards and a touchdown.
Luck’s favorite target was easily Hilton, who struggled in the first half before torching the Browns secondary in the second. He had 10 receptions for 150 yards and two touchdowns.
The defense played well enough for the Colts to win, giving up just 10 points to the Browns offense. It helped that Hoyer was simply awful all afternoon.
Cleveland was 4-for-15 on third down attempts and turned the ball over twice. Mike Adams was was able to make a touchdown saving interception and has the most turnovers in the NFL with seven.
Reggie Wayne was unable to hold on to the ball and came away with just one catch on nine targets. Despite the ball hitting him in the hands multiple times, Wayne simply couldn’t hold on.
The Colts didn’t leave the game unscathed either. Two offensive linemen went down with injury, seriously testing the team’s depth. Center Jonotthan Harrison suffered a pinched nerve in his neck while guard Joe Reitz suffered a left leg injury that forced him off the field on a cart.
The Colts improve to 9-4 and maintain their two game lead over the Texans with a showdown in Indy looming next week.