Andrew Luck became the first No. 1 overall pick at quarterback to avoid a losing season as a rookie starter.
Andrew Luck continues to re-write the manual on how to be a rookie quarterback in NFL. After Sunday's fourth-quarter comeback at the Detroit Lions, Luck became the first quarterback that was drafted No. 1 overall as a starter to avoid a losing season as a rookie. That is more a testament to what his team has accomplished than Luck individually, as most teams that draft quarterbacks No. 1 overall have more holes than just at QB.
Still, Luck was impressive in throwing late touchdown passes to Donnie Avery and LaVon Brazill in the final three minutes of the Colts' 35-33 victory. SB Nation's Stampede Blue had much to say after a stunning win:
And yet somehow, when the game appears over, Luck works his magic. With 4:02 left, the Colts were down 33-21 and their offense had done NOTHING at all for pretty much the entire second half. Luck had been terrible. All of the sudden, however, he became Peyton-esque. He led a 77-yard scoring drive, capped off by his most incredible play as a Colt. He rolled left, threw the ball 40+ yards in the air right before he was going down, and the ball went just over the arms of the Lions’ defender and into the hands of LaVon Brazill for the touchdown. Amazingly, the Colts were only down 5 with 2:39 left.
Luck threw three interceptions on the day, but he still had 391 yards passing with four touchdowns. He also rushed for 33 yards, including a key 16-yard scramble on Indianapolis' final drive that earned a first down and got the Colts in position for the winning TD.