With zero touchdown passes, one interception and three sacks, quarterback Andrew Luck finished with a 59.8 passer rating in the Indianapolis Colts’ 24-9 loss to the Ravens in Sunday’s AFC Wildcard playoff game.
But the top overall pick in the NFL draft in April impressed the Ravens defensive players with his ability to scramble, which he used three times to gain first downs.
“He’s amazing. He was keeping plays alive,” cornerback Corey Graham said. “He looked like Big Ben [Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers] in there. He was keeping a lot of plays alive by throwing it short and running the ball. He was creating a lot of problems for us. Fortunately, we were able to contain him a little bit and make some plays when they really counted.”
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Luck’s best example of his speed occurred in the fourth quarter when he tracked down and tackled Cary Williams after the cornerback intercepted a pass and appeared to have a lane down the right sideline to the end zone.
“I didn’t think he was that fast, and he had a hell of an angle and got me,” said Williams, who got plenty of grief from his teammates about getting caught by a quarterback. “That’s part of the game, that’s part of the process. The guys are going to let me know if I’m doing a great job or if I’m doing a crappy one. So this is part of the game. It’s all in good fun. At the end of the day, we won the game.”
Luck completed 28-of-54 throws for 288, but he was just 15-of-31 in the second half when Indianapolis had to abandon the running game to try to claw back against the Ravens.
“We had our opportunities, but we couldn’t get it done,” Luck said. “We made too many mistakes and left too many plays out there. But the Baltimore defense is a great, great unit. It was great to make the playoffs, but we can’t make the mistakes that we made today to advance in the playoffs.”