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Luck said he feels like "a lost puppy" now that the season has ended. He added that he's looking forward to having a strong offseason, and that he hopes to get over the hump next season. Luck should have Reggie Wayne back from a torn ACL next season. The 35-year-old receiver recently said he plans to come back "better than before."
With his back against the wall, Luck had to throw his way out of it, and as a result, threw a career-worst four interceptions. Luck was picked off by Alfonzo Dennard on the opening drive of the game but bounced back with a 38-yard touchdown pass to LaVon Brazill in the first quarter.
Luck found Brazill again for a 35-yard strike in the third quarter but was picked off by Dont'a Hightower, Jamie Collins and Dennard once more. He completed 20 of 41 passes for 331 yards with two touchdowns in a 43-22 defeat.
Luck averaged 387.0 passing yards, with six touchdowns and seven interceptions through two postseason games. He finished the regular season with 3,822 yards passing , 23 touchdowns, nine interceptions and an 87.0 quarterback rating while completing 60.2 percent of his passes and also scoring four touchdowns on the ground.
The team has had to practice indoors due to extremely cold temperatures in the midwest, but Luck downplayed those issues. He added that the team has played in cold temperatures before, and that they "won't lose sleep over it."
In his first playoff game a year ago,
Luck and the Colts fell behind big early in the game, entering the second half down 31-10 with Luck struggling. He opened the second half with an interception, one of three on the day, but did just about everything else he needed to to get the win from that point on.
Luck ultimately finished the game with 443 yards through the air while completing 29 of 45 passes, and he added four touchdowns to make up for his three interceptions. He also scored on a fumble return on the goal line, while adding 45 yards on seven carries.
Luck put it all on the table, good and bad, Saturday, and has earned the right to move on to the second round of the playoffs in his second season. His prize is the right to take on either the Broncos or Patriots on the road, depending on the outcome of Sunday's other Wild Card game.
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