The confetti cannons weren't working today at Lucas Oil Stadium, but instead they were replaced by fireworks. The Indianapolis Colts had scoring plays of 30, 49, 3, 48, 35, 73, and 79 yards on their way to scoring 49 points, their most in a single game since 2004. And the performance was powered by quarterback Andrew Luck.
On the first offensive play of the game, Gosder Cherilus was beat by Ryan Kerrigan and Andrew Luck was strip-sacked. On the fourth offensive play of the game, Luck was again pressured and threw high and behind Reggie Wayne and the pass was tipped and picked off. After that inauspicious start, however, Andrew Luck caught fire and he ended up with a career day. Luck threw for a career-high five touchdown passes while throwing for 370 yards and completing 70.4% of his passes.
It was Luck's tenth 300-yard passing game this season, setting a new Colts' franchise record for the most such games in a single season. In six of the twelve games this season, Luck has thrown for 370 or more yards. Luck eclipsed 4,000 passing yards on the season today, marking the second time in three seasons that he has done that. He became just the third quarterback in NFL history to have two 4,000 yard passing seasons in his first three years in the league, joining only Dan Marino and Peyton Manning. And he became the first player in Colts' history to throw two touchdown passes of 70+ yards in the same game, hitting Coby Fleener for a 73-yard score and Donte Moncrief for a 79-yard touchdown.
With his career-high five touchdown passes today, Luck also topped 30 scoring tosses on the year (34), marking the first time in his career that he has reached the milestone and becoming just the third quarterback in Colts' history to do so - joining only Johnny Unitas and Peyton Manning. In ten of the twelve games this season, Luck has thrown multiple touchdown passes - including four or more in four of the games.
Luck finished the game with a passer rating of 137.0. That's the second highest single-game total of his career, and that includes 44 regular season and 3 postseason games. He averaged 13.7 yards per pass, which was the highest total for a game in his career, a full 3.86 yards per attempt more than his second best total (9.84 yards per attempt in last year's playoff win over the Chiefs).
The impressive performance today just continued a phenomenal season from the Colts' quarterback, who is currently on pace to throw for 5,348 yards (which would be the third most all-time) and 45 touchdowns (which would be tied for the sixth most all-time). If those numbers hold, Luck would become just the fifth quarterback in NFL history to throw for more than 5,000 yards and 40 touchdowns in the same season, joining only Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Dan Marino, and Matthew Stafford.
Simply put, Andrew Luck is really good. And behind the young quarterback's arm today (like in so many other games over the past three seasons), the Colts notched a big victory, this time over the Washington Redskins.