Let's be honest: The Colts had NO business winning that game.
Through three quarters, the Colts were thoroughly beat, defensively, offensively, and on special teams. Detroit was the superior squad. The Offensive Line was getting manhandled, Luck was pressured all day, (Throwing three picks in the process) and Calvin Johnson was having his way to the tune of 13 catches for 171 yards. Before the last two drives, Andrew Luck was less than 50% completion with 2 TD and 3 INTs.
The defense was doing all they could to keep indy in the game. But that becomes extremely difficult when your offense keeps turning the ball over and giving the other team short fields. The d-line wasn't getting any pressure (Only 4 QB pressures) and the secondary was getting shredded. I was expecting Calvin Johnson to have a good game, but not that well. After Luck's 3rd INT, it looked like indy was dead. The offense wasn't moving the ball at all, the d was gassed and the Stafford-Johnson connection was having it's way.
Then Luck and the offense went to the hurry-up, found their pulse, the d kept the game close enough to give their QB a chance to come back. Boy, did he deliver. Despite having a horrible game, (Be honest, he wasn't having a good game by any means) He got amnesia and brought the colts back. He threw a beautiful 42-yard strike to LeVon Brazill with four minutes remaining. 28-33 Lions. The d held and Luck got the ball back with 1:07 left on the clock with 75 yards to go. They have to get a TD here, no FG.
With a couple scrambles, a beautiful 27 yarder to Wayne, and a 15 yard penalty, the Colts were at the fourteen yard line with :18 seconds left. Four shots at the end zone. The first three go incomplete. It's 4th-and-10, :04 seconds left. Luck scrambled to his right and hit a wide open Donnie Avery five yards in front of him. Avery caught it at the 9 yard line and took it the rest of the way as time expired. Ball Game. Indy 35- Lions 33.
Luck finished the game 24-54, 391 yards, 4 TDs, and 3 INTs
Pandemonium ensued, the Lions and its faithful were stunned, and Andrew Luck added to his legend that just keeps growing each week. It was unbelievable, ridiculous, astounding, incredible. Dare I say it was Manning-esque?
Whatever you want to call it, the Colts beat the Lions 35-33, are 8-4 and have a firm grip on the fifth seed in the AFC playoffs. That after a season where indy was 0-12 at this time, just trying to find a way, some way, any way to win a game. With the Titans, Chiefs, and two game with the Texans coming up, this team could end up being 10-6 or maybe even 11-5 if the Texans rest their starters in the season finale.
That is unbelievable, ridiculous, astounding, incredible.