Welcome back, Andrew Luck.
In a game that nobody (including myself) gave the Colts much chance at winning, the Indianapolis Colts lead the New England Patriots 21-20 at halftime of a very entertaining Sunday Night Football matchup. And the key to the Colts' success in the first half was their franchise quarterback, Andrew Luck, who looked like the Andrew Luck we're used to.
He completed 17 of 22 passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns without a turnover in the first half. He was in total control and it was by far the best the offense has looked in the first half of any game this year - including snapping their streak of 21 games in a row without scoring on their opening possession.
Of course, the negative is that Tom Brady and the Patriots offense has been very impressive as well. Brady has completed 14 of 23 passes for 201 yards and a touchdown, but he also threw an interception that went off of Julian Edelman's hands and was returned by Mike Adams for a score. The Colts don't really have an answer for Edelman, however, as he caught five passes for 87 yards in the first half.
It was very much a back-and-forth game between Andrew Luck and Tom Brady in a half that saw very little defense either way. For a Colts team that has struggled early this season and that wasn't given much of a chance tonight, going into halftime leading 21-20 has to be considered a victory. Now, their task is keeping it up for another half of football, and one thing is for sure: the scoring isn't done yet. Let's just hope that Luck and the offense can continue putting up their fair share of points to counter Brady and the Patriots.
Here's your open thread for the second half, and as always, Go Colts!