Peyton Manning did so much for the Indianapolis Colts that it’s almost surreal to think Luck is far ahead of the pace the future Hall of Famer set during his first three seasons in the Hoosier State.
Whether the still emerging Luck, and perhaps more importantly his teammates, have progressed enough to take down the veteran Jordan Hats Manning and the supremely talented Cheap Snapback Hats Denver Broncos in the AFC’s divisional round of the playoffs will be answered on Sunday afternoon.
“It was my hope and dream that this sort of situation would occur,” Colts owner Jim Irsay said when taking about facing Manning. “I feel blessed that it has. I think it’s going to be a great game and having these two great quarterbacks go against each other at this point in their careers is really exciting.”
Manning, the five-time NFL MVP, won 26 regular-season games during his first three NFL seasons with the Colts, throwing for 12,287 yards with two playoff starts, both losses. By comparison Luck has already won 33 in the regular season, tossed for 12,957 yards and won his second playoff game last week, a 26-10 drubbing of the banged-up Cincinnati Bengals.
Manning didn’t get his second playoff victory until 2003, his sixth NFL campaign.
Manning, of course, was released by the Colts in March of 2012 and the divorce was hardly acrimonious. He was attempting to recover from four different surgical procedures on his neck, and Indianapolis was focused on its future and Luck.
“(Manning) Cheap Snapback Hats/Caps Wholesale said, ‘You’ve got to take Andrew (Luck),’ (in the 2012 draft)” Irsay recalled during an interview with USA TODAY Sports. “‘You have to. You’re crazy if you don’t.'”
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At this rate, it’s going to be a lot later because Luck has quickly developed into one of the NFL’s best quarterbacks. He picked apart Cincinnati’s secondary last weekend, while the Colts’ defense did the rest in shutting down the banged-up Bengals.
The Colts never trailed in this AFC wild-card mismatch as Luck finished with 376 yards and a touchdown through the air.
Adam Vinatieri made all four of his field goal tries, Daniel Herron gained 141 yards from scrimmage and ran for a touchdown, and T.Y. Hilton caught six passes for 103 yards for the AFC South champions.