|Reggie Wayne left the field a hero Sunday. (US Presswire)|
There's hardly anything left to be said about the Indianapolis Colts (2-2, 0-1 AFC South) thrilling 30-27 victory Sunday over the Packers (2-3, 1-0 NFC North). It truly had all the elements of a storybook ending: An ailing coach laid-up in a hospital bed; a huge deficit to a powerhouse team; and a thrilling comeback behind a coming-of-age rookie and a veteran approaching the twilight of his career.
But to set up the Hollywood finish, the Colts played some pretty good football.
Despite an amazing performace in the second half, the Indianapolis offense was pretty pedestrian to start the game, failing to manage a first half touchdown and scratching out just three points. But the offense went into overdrive in the second half, as wide receiver Reggie Wayne completely lost his mind, going for 13 catches for 212 yards and a score. Running back Donald Brown was solid, too, behind a seriously banged up offensive line, and quarterback Andrew Luck got settled in the second half, as well, passing for a total of 362 yards and two touchdowns.
Previous game's grade: B-
Any time you hold an Aaron Rodgers-led offense to just six points in a half, you're doing something right. However, the Colts defense also gave up 21 first half points. Still -- similar to the offensive line -- the defensive secondary was cobbled together in short order due to injuries, but cornerback Jerraud Powers' second-half interception proved to be the turning point. With a fully healthy defense, Indianapolis could be scary good.
Previous game's grade: C-
Special Teams: B
Kickoff and punt coverage was fairly solid, given that the Packers possess the always dangerous Randall Cobb. Kicker Adam Vinatieri has been shaky this season, and he again missed a field goal Sunday. T.Y. Hilton hasn't done much in the return game, which was supposed to be a weapon this season. Still, with the offense and defense clicking, it's the job of the special teams to just stay out of the way and play solid, and they did that.
Previous game's grade: B-
It can't be overstated how difficult this week of preparation had to be for the Indianapolis coaching staff, and that showed in the first half. But the adjustments they made and the ability to get the team back on track was admirable, and interim coach and offensive coordinator Bruce Arians deserves a gold star for what he did this week. It was a very inspiring and emotional scene Sunday.
Previous game's grade: C+
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