Final

Dolphins 20

(4-4, 2-3 away)

Colts 23

(5-3, 4-1 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, November 4, 2012

Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN 

1 2 3 4 T
MIA 3 14 0 320
IND 7 6 7 323

Top Performers

Passing: A. Luck (IND) - 433 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: V. Ballard (IND) - 16 CAR, 60 YDS

Receiving: D. Avery (IND) - 5 REC, 108 YDS

Andrew Luck sets rookie mark with 433 passing yards in win

Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS -- Chuck Pagano provided the inspiration, then Andrew Luck delivered a record-setting performance in yet another win for the surprising Indianapolis Colts.

After a 23-20 victory against Miami, the ailing coach offered even more encouragement.

Picked by many to be among the NFL's weakest teams, the rebuilding Colts are now in the playoff conversation at 5-3.

"I mentioned before the game that you guys were living in a vision, and you weren't living in circumstances," Pagano said Sunday, surrounded by his players and with interim Bruce Arians at his side after the Colts' third straight win. "You know where they had us in the beginning, every last one of them. But you refused to live in circumstances and you decided consciously as a team and as a family to live in a vision, and that's why you bring things home like what you bring home today. That's why you're already champions and well on your way."

Luck wasn't too concerned that he had just broken Cam Newton's year-old record for yards passing in a game by a rookie or even that his team had another victory. He just wanted to live up to the message from his coach, who has been receiving treatment for leukemia since being diagnosed on Sept. 26.

"His presence is felt every day in the facility," Luck said. "But to see him in the flesh, in the locker room, to hear him speak I think gave all the guys a boost."

It seemed to give Pagano a boost, too.

"I've got circumstances. You guys understand it, I understand it," Pagano told them. "It's already beat. It's already beat. My vision that I'm living is to see two more daughters get married, dance at their weddings and then lift the Lombardi Trophy several times. I'm dancing at two more weddings and we're hoisting that trophy together, men. Congratulations, I love all of you."

The Colts have now won more than twice as many games in half a season as they did in 16 games last year, and this week's discussion will again focus on Luck's astounding start, Pagano's inspiring message and talk of reaching the playoffs.

Luck threw for 433 yards and two touchdowns. He topped Newton's mark of 432 and tied another by becoming the NFLs' second rookie quarterback to produce four 300-yard games in a season. The other: Peyton Manning, the quarterback he replaced.

Pagano wasn't forgotten on the field, either. Reggie Wayne traded high-fives with fans right above the #Chuckstrong sign in the south end zone after scoring a 9-yard touchdown.

Luck had it all working against the Dolphins (4-4). He completed 30-of-48 passes, converted 13-of-19 third-down chances and remained under control even when he started moving around in the pocket.

It was an uncanny performance with Wayne hauling in a high pass with an incredible toe-tap on the end line. Rookie T.Y. Hilton made a leaping 36-yard TD catch that Luck threw into double coverage, and no matter what the Dolphins did, they couldn't stop Luck or a Colts team that knew Pagano was in the coaches' box.

"We knew we'd have to disrupt him (Luck) a little bit. But we weren't detailed enough, we weren't disciplined enough on our rush," Miami coach Joe Philbin said. "When you have the No. 1 defense on third down, and when a team converts 69 percent of the time on third down, it's a different feel."

The matchup between two of this season's rookie quarterbacks and two of this season's biggest surprise teams was every bit as good as advertised.

There was only one first-half punt. The teams combined for 881 total yards without any turnovers, and Miami's Ryan Tannehill, who was limited in practice all week and considered questionable, was 22 of 38 for 290 yards with one TD.

The difference: Luck just made more big plays.

"The kid, he continues to amaze," Wayne said after catching seven passes for 78 yards. "Hopefully I can help, you know, add on to his legacy that he's about to build."

About to? He's already well on his way.

With the Colts trailing 17-13, Luck hooked up with Hilton on the leaping grab to make it 20-17 with 1:49 left in the third quarter.

Miami tied the score on Dan Carpenter's 31-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter, and then Luck immediately led the Colts on a 13-play, 69-yard drive to set up Adam Vinatieri's decisive 43-yard field goal with 5:58 to go.

Indy's defense stopped the Dolphins on their final two possessions and Indy sealed the win with a Vick Ballard's 19-yard run with under a minute to go -- a fitting end for the man who promised to win games with defense and power football when he was first hired as coach last winter.

But on Sunday, the Colts were just glad he was around to watch it all in person.

Game notes


Colts defensive end Robert Mathis sacked Tannehill in the first quarter, giving him a sack in his eighth straight game. ... Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake recorded a sack in his fifth consecutive game. ... Wayne's TD moved him past former college and pro teammate Edgerrin James into third on the franchise's career list with 76 TDs. ... Indianapolis honored the new WNBA champion Indiana Fever just before halftime. ... Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake recorded a sack in his fifth consecutive game. ... The Colts had a long postgame injury list that included cornerback Jerraud Powers (toe), right tackle Winston Justice (knee), running back Donald Brown (knee), receiver Donnie Avery (hip), outside linebacker Robert Mathis (back) and center Samson Satele (back). ... Miami linebacker Kevin Burnett, cornerback Nolan Carroll and defensive tackle Paul Soliai all suffered undisclosed injuries.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MIA
IND
1st Downs2027
Passing 1st downs
1322
Rushing 1st downs
54
1st downs from penalties
21
3rd down efficiency
4-1113-19
4th down efficiency
0-10-0
Total Plays5875
Total Yards365516
Yards per play6.36.9
Total Drives1010
Passing281419
Comp-Att
22-3830-48
Yards per pass
7.08.6
Interceptions thrown
00
Sacks-Yards Lost
2-91-14
Rushing8497
Rushing Attempts
1826
Yards per rush
4.73.7
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-00-0
Penalties8-7911-91
Turnovers00
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
00
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession25:0634:54

Passing Leaders

MIAC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Tannehill22/382907.6102-9
INDC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Luck30/484339.0201-14

Rushing Leaders

MIACARYDSAVGTDLG
Bush10414.1118
Thomas6376.2020
INDCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ballard16603.8019
Carter8313.909

Receiving Leaders

MIARECYDSAVGTDLG
Hartline810713.4035
Bess66711.2016
INDRECYDSAVGTDLG
Avery510821.6048
Hilton610217.0136

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMIAIND
miaFG4:21Dan Carpenter 37 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 11 plays, 42 yds, 5:19
30
indTD0:53Reggie Wayne 9 Yard Pass From Andrew Luck (Adam Vinatieri Kick is Good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 80 yds, 3:28
37
SECOND QUARTERMIAIND
miaTD13:32Charles Clay 31 Yard Pass From Ryan Tannehill (Dan Carpenter Kick is Good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 80 yds, 2:22
107
indFG9:42Adam Vinatieri 23 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 8 plays, 75 yds, 3:48
1010
miaTD5:16Reggie Bush 18 Yard Run (Dan Carpenter Kick is Good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 80 yds, 4:30
1710
indFG0:12Adam Vinatieri 47 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 10 plays, 58 yds, 1:07
1713
THIRD QUARTERMIAIND
indTD1:58T.Y. Hilton 36 Yard Pass From Andrew Luck (Adam Vinatieri Kick is Good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 82 yds, 4:27
1720
FOURTH QUARTERMIAIND
miaFG13:17Dan Carpenter 31 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 10 plays, 52 yds, 3:37
2020
indFG6:03Adam Vinatieri 43 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 13 plays, 69 yds, 7:14
2023

Research Notes

Matt Ryan had arguably the most successful rookie campaign over the last five seasons, finishing the 2008 season with the second-best Total QBR (72.4) in the league and leading the Falcons to an 11-5 record and playoff appearance. Through nine games, Andrew Luck has put up similar, if not better, numbers than Ryan while leading his team to a 5-3 record.
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Andrew Luck posted a 89.1 Total QBR on Sunday as he passed for a rookie-record 433 yards and two touchdowns against the Dolphins. In the past five seasons, no rookie had a higher Total QBR through nine games than Luck, who has already led the Colts to three more wins than they had all of last season.
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Andrew Luck completed all six of his passes on throws outside the pocket Sunday, and has completed 11 of 12 such passes over his last two games, averaging 14 yards per attempt. Entering Sunday, the league average completion percentage on throws outside the pocket was 51.9 percent.
Andrew Luck aired it out Sunday against the Dolphins, even more than usual. Luck entered the week leading the NFL with an average pass distance of 9.8 yards downfield but averaged 12.4 yards per attempt on Sunday. Even more impressive, his average completion was thrown 9.8 yards downfield against Miami, his highest in his eight-game career and more than a yard better than his league-high average entering Week 9 (8.4).
Andrew Luck completed 8 of 11 (72.7 percent) passes using play action Sunday, including a go-ahead touchdown pass to T.Y. Hilton. Entering Sunday, Luck had only one touchdown and completed 59.1 percent of his passes on play-action.
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Andrew Luck took advantage of a Dolphins defense that sent four or fewer pass rushers on more than 60 percent of his dropbacks on Sunday. Despite struggling against such a pass rush in his first seven games, Luck rebounded to complete nearly 70 percent of his attempts including a go-ahead touchdown pass to T.Y. Hilton late in the third quarter.
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Andrew Luck ended the game with 433 pass yards, the most ever by an NFL rookie in a game. Here's the list including 1pm games today:
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Andrew Luck is 2nd rookie in NFL history with 4 300-yd passing games. The other was Peyton Manning in 199
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