INDIANAPOLIS–Rookie quarterback Andrew Luck rallied the Colts for a 30-27 win over the Packers on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium.
After the Packers took a 27-22 lead with 4:34 to play, Luck took possession at his 20-yard line. He quickly moved the Colts across midfield, then faced a crucial third-and-12 play at the two-minute warning. With Clay Matthews draped on him, Luck threw complete to Reggie Wayne at the Packers 32. Luck then hit Wayne again over the middle, at the Packers 14.
From the 11-yard line, Luck faced third and seven inside a minute to play. He avoided the rush and ran for a first down at the three-yard line. From there, he threw the game-winner to Wayne, and the Colts ran for a two-point conversion.
An interception by Colts cornerback Jerraud Powers early in the third quarter, with the Packers holding a comfortable 21-3 advantage, changed the game and triggered a Colts rally that grabbed a 22-21 lead.
Running back Alex Green made the big play in a Packers drive that reclaimed the lead at 27-22. Green ran 41 yards to the Colts 8-yard line. On the next play, Aaron Rodgers pitched a touchdown to James Jones.
Mason Crosby missed a 51-yard field goal attempt to tie the game with :03 to play.
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INDIANAPOLIS–The Packers hold a 21-3 lead at halftime of Sunday’s game against the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium, the result of an aggressive offense and a hard-hitting defense.
Aaron Rodgers capped the scoring with a dazzling 31-yard touchdown pass to Randall Cobb on a third-and-six play with about four-and-a-half minutes to play in the half. Rodgers also threw a six-yard touchdown pass to James Jones in the second quarter, after John Kuhn opened the scoring with a two-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.
Rodgers completed 11 of 17 passes for 122 yards and no interceptions. He completed passes to seven different receivers.
Defensively, the Packers stood firm on three downs from their 6-yard line to force a field goal that was the Colts’ only score of the half. Rookie quarterback Andrew Luck completed 16 of 26 passes for 174 yards.
An early turning point in the game occurred when the defense stopped Luck for no gain on a fourth-and-one play near midfield. The Packers immediately responded with a touchdown drive.
Cedric Benson and B.J. Raji each had to leave the game with foot injuries.
Defensive end Mike Neal, in his first action of the season, registered one of the Packers’ four sacks. Rookie Nick Perry had a crushing sack of Luck nullified by helmet-to-helmet contact.
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The following players have been declared as inactive for this afternoon’s Packers-Colts game at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Green Bay Packers
11 WR Jarrett Boykin
28 S Sean Richardson
31 CB Davon House
44 RB James Starks
56 LB Terrell Manning
76 DE Mike Daniels
85 WR Greg Jennings
Starting lineup changes: On offense, #89 James Jones will start at wide receiver in place of #85 Greg Jennings.
8 QB Chandler Harnish
21 CB Justin King
23 CB Vontae Davis
26 RB Mewelde Moore
51 ILB Pat Angerer
73 G Seth Olsen
76 G Joe Reitz
Starting lineup changes: On offense, #72 Jeff Linkenbach will start at left guard in place of #76 Joe Reitz. #62 A.Q. Shipley will start at center in place of #64 Samson Satele. On defense, #32 Cassius Vaughn will start at left cornerback in place of #23 Vontae Davis.
Roster update: On Saturday, the Colts waived #81 WR Kris Adams and signed #78 T Tony Hills to the active roster from the practice squad.
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