The Colts came into Sundays game filled with emotions surrounding head coach Chuck Pagano. With the way they played, their head coach would have been proud. The Colts were able to upset the Packers 30-27. Both Andrew Luck and Reggie Wayne had their best games of the season thus far. The two showed a great connection that has grown each week that the team has played. Sunday they showed how great they can be together. Luck and Wayne connected at the most critical moments Sunday, including a 4-yard touchdown pass with 35 seconds left to complete the Colts’ second-half rally and stun Green Bay on one of the most emotional day in Lucas Oil Stadium history.
“I’m sure we were all lying to everybody the whole week, trying to downplay it,” Luck said after throwing for a career-high 362 yards. “I think we all went out there wanting to do it for Chuck more than anything else. To see all the emotions on Mr. Irsay’s face, BA’s, everyone in there, I think it’s one of the greatest athletic moments I’ve ever been a part of.”
Luck was 31 of 55 throwing with two touchdowns and one interception, and ran for a TD, too. Wayne finished with 13 receptions for a career-high 212 yards — the second-highest total in Colts history behind Hall of Famer Raymond Berry in 1957. “I’ve got 12 years of (special) games,” said Wayne, who has known Pagano since the two were at the the University of Miami together in the late 1990s. “But this did mean a lot, just with the whole deal with how the week’s been going. You know, I talked to coach Pagano and he wanted us to win so bad. Is it a high? Yeah. I don’t necessarily have one other than the Super Bowl game. But it’s up there.”
The sometimes emotional team owner, Jim Irsay, sniffled as he spoke inside a silent locker room before dashing off to the hospital where Pagano is undergoing treatment for leukemia. He wanted to personally deliver the game ball to Pagano, who celebrated his 52nd birthday Tuesday.
The Colts take on the Jets next week in New York.