INDIANAPOLIS - The cold November winds were sheltered by the closed roof at Lucas Oil Stadium.
That wasn't a surprise to many but the warmth of the playoff race might be.
Despite having a rebuilding tag placed on themselves by those on the outside and even a few inside the Colts organization, the team at the moment is one of the six best in the NFL.
Suddenly an early November match-up against the Dolphins-who like the Colts are 4-3-suddenly has major playoff implications. Oh, and both teams feature rookie quarterbacks in Andrew Luck and Ryan Tanneyhill.
In the end it was the former who came out on top, as Luck led the Colts to a second half comeback at a 23-20 win.
The Colts improve their record to 5-3 and will face Jacksonville this Thursday. Luck's 433 yards were an NFL record for passing yardage in a single game, breaking the record set last season by Carolina's Cam Newton.
After a Miami field goal on their opening drive Luck took the Colts on their first long march of the game. He completed the nine-play, 80 yard drive with a nine-yard touchdown pass to Reggie Wayne to make it 7-3.
Tannehill showed his own prowess early in the second quarter when he got Miami down the field 80 yards in just five plays. His 31-yard touchdown pass down the sidelines to Charles Clay gave the Dolphins the lead again.
Continuing with the first half theme, Luck responded with another long drive only this time it ended with a Adam Vinatieri field goal to tie the score at ten. Four minutes later, though, Reggie Bush gave the lead back to Miami with a signature shifty run of 18-yards for a score to make it 17-10.
The Colts ran into an injury issue on the offensive line when center Sampson Satele left the game with a leg injury. Still the Colts were able to but together a two-minute drill behind backup A.Q. Shipley, getting another Vinatieri field goal to make it 17-13 at the break.
Luck got the Colts back in the lead in the third quarter when he hit T.Y. Hilton for a 36-yard touchdown to make it 20-17. The Dolphins tied the game after a long drive early in the third quarter when Dan Carpenter hit his second field goal of the day to tie it at 20.
Yet again the Colts responded, going 69 yards in 13 plays midway through the fourth quarter and getting the lead back with another Vinatieri field goal to make it 23-20. The defense then came up big for the Colts, stopping the Dolphins on two drives in the final minutes to seal the win.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun