INDIANAPOLIS, IN - SEPTEMBER 16: Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts throws the ball during the NFL game against the Minnesota Vikings at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 16, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Colts Beat Vikings And Andrew Luck Picks Up His First Career Win

Andrew Luck picked up his first career win as the Colts beat the Vikings, 23-20.

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Vikings Vs. Colts Game Recap: Andrew Luck Sets Up Last-Minute Field Goal For The Win

The Indianapolis Colts gave up two touchdowns to the Minnesota Vikings in the final five minutes of the game to see a 20-6 lead evaporate, but Andrew Luck led a drive with 31 seconds left to set up a game-winning field goal by Adam Vinatieri, and the Colts escaped, 23-20. Minnesota brought the score within seven on a Christian Ponder touchdown pass with just more than five minutes remaining, then scored again with 31 seconds remaining to come from behind and seemingly force overtime.

But Luck, who earned the first victory of his career, threw two consecutive 20-yard passes after the Colts got the ball on their own 20-yard line. A 5-yard penalty by the Vikings moved the line of scrimmage to the Minnesota 35, and Vinatieri hit a 53-yarder with seconds remaining to take the victory

Luck was steady, if not solid in the victory, throwing for 224 yards and two touchdowns without throwing a pick.

The Vikings were first to score, going up 3-0 on a Blair Walsh field goal from 51 yards on Minnesota's first possession, but Luck answered by hitting Dwayne Allen on a three-yard touchdown pass.

The two teams exchanged field goals in the second quarter before Luck found Reggie Wayne for his second touchdown of the day. In the third quarter, Vinatieri hit another field goal from 45 yards out to give Indianapolis a 20-6 lead that looked like it would hold.

Ponder found Stephen Burton from seven yards out, then Kyle Rudolph from six yards out ,in the final two Minnesota possessions. After that, Luck set up Indianapolis for that improbable final score to take the lead just before time ran out.

The big winner: Andrew Luck

The rookie quarterback was much less mistake-prone a week after he threw three interceptions. When you also account for his huge final drive of completion after completion, and it looks like the Indianapolis Colts are in more than capable hands.

The big loser: Minnesota's defense

Defensive end Everson Griffen was called for a defensive offside penalty after Luck had moved the ball from the Colts' 40-yard line to the 40-yard line of the Vikings, giving Indianapolis five yards to make a 58-yard field goal into a more manageable 53-yarder. That said, the defense probably shouldn't have allowed the Colts to move so quickly with only 31 seconds to work with.

Odds: The Colts pulled the upset after being labeled as three-point underdogs in this one.

Fantasy outlook: Donnie Avery

Luck targeted wide receiver Donnie Avery 10 times and Avery caught nine balls for 111 yards on the day.

What's on the schedule?

The Vikings welcome the San Francisco 49ers next week, while the Colts take on the Jacksonville Jaguars at home.

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Christian Ponder Touchdown Pass Tipped And Tipped Again

The Minnesota Vikings pulled within a touchdown of the Indianapolis Colts when quarterback Christian Ponder found Stephen Burton for a seven-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. The pass itself was nothing so remarkable, but the catch was pretty amazing.

Ponder's ball was tipped at line and again in the end zone as a defender and the intended target both went up to get the ball. It bounced up into the air again before Burton finally managed to reel it in for the touchdown. Minnesota trails 20-13 with the pinball touchdown pass.



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