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Colts coach Chuck Pagano inspires team in win over Packers

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com
A banner supporting coach Chuck Pagano was on display at Lucas Oil Stadium Sunday. (US Presswire)

Colts coach Chuck Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia during the team's bye week, and he's expected to miss most of the season fighting the disease. On Sunday, the Colts hosted the Packers in a game that, on paper, looked to be a blowout. Except that Indianapolis, inspired by its sidelined coach, played one of the most amazing 30 minutes of football to beat Green Bay, 30-27.

The team's website is selling #CHUCKSTRONG gear, and the proceeds will go to fighting leukemia.

Below are some of the images and reactions from one of the most emotional wins in Colts history.

Green Bay Packers running back Cedric Benson warms up before the start of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Indianapolis, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. Benson is wearing a "Chuckstrong" shirt in awareness to Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano who was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia. (AP) Oct 7, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Green Bay Packers linebacker coach Kevin Greene wears a Chuckstrong t-shirt in support of Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano who has leukemia and wears it before the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. (US Presswire)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 07: Reggie Wayne #87 of the Indianapolis Colts makes a one handed catch while defended by Charles Woodson #21 of the Green Bay Packers during the NFL game at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 7, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Getty Images) INDIANAOPLIS, IN - OCTOBER 7: Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts looses the ball as he is hit by Nick Perry #53 of the Green Bay Packers at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 7, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 07: Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts is hit by Clay Matthews #52 of Green Bay Packers as he throws a pass during the NFL game against the at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 7, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Getty Images) Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne (87) dives into the end zone for a 4-yard touchdown reception during the second half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers in Indianapolis, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. The Colts won 30-27. (AP)


And then there's this, a letter from Pagano to his team prior to the Packers game, that included these three paragraphs:

"My condition will not determine my position. I understand the condition but choose to focus on my position. That is to stay positive and SERVE.

"WE WILL, WE CAN, WE MUST. WE HAVE NO CHOICE. BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY. WE WILL OVERCOME.

IT'S ALL IN THE PROPER STATE OF MIND."


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