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Andrew Luck's 12th Career Game-Winning Drive Completes Comeback Win In Cleveland

Intro: Chuck Pagano’s mantra of 60 minutes proved to be truer than ever on Sunday afternoon. Thanks to another game-winning drive from Andrew Luck, the Colts earned their ninth victory of the year.





INDIANAPOLIS – For about 56 minutes of game action on Sunday, the footage for Andrew Luck wouldn't have found its way onto any career highlight tapes for the MVP candidate.

Fortunately though, there's a reason games are 60 minutes and Luck has a history of making the most of those waning minutes.

Luck orchestrated his 12th career game-winning drive on Sunday behind an 11-play, 90-yard drive that ended with a one-yard touchdown toss, giving the Colts (9-4) a dramatic 25-24 victory in Cleveland (7-6).

"I knew we were going to get it," linebacker D'Qwell Jackson said after the final-minute victory. "It was just a matter of time of when we were going to. I'm glad I'm on (Luck's) team this year. As a defensive player, as a player on his team, you always know when No. 12 is back there, you always have a chance of winning."

Luck rightfully thanked the Colts defense for allowing his unit a chance to escape Cleveland with their ninth victory of the season.

Cleveland got 14 of their 24 points on Sunday directly from the Colts offense committing costly turnovers.

The ability to survive your mistakes led Luck back to situations he has dominated early in his NFL career.

In 2012, Luck set an NFL-record with seven game-winning drives. He followed that up with four more in 2013.

This year the heart-stopping victories haven't been necessary, until Sunday.

In a game where Cleveland took away the Colts top playmakers for a large portion, Luck turned to some guys that haven't experienced what these drives are all about.

Early on in the eventual game-winning drive the Colts encountered a third-and-seven from their own 13-yard line. Rookie Donte Moncrief extended for a 27-yard reception and the 21-year old had the wherewithal to know that he wasn't touched before hopping back up and getting a few more yards.

Then following the two-minute warning, Coby Fleener continued his torrid three-game stretch with a 13-yard reception, over the middle, on a third-and-10.

A few plays later, with 44 seconds left, the Colts faced a fourth-and-one from the Cleveland three-yard line.

The number called was that of a player who entered Training Camp fourth on the running back depth chart.

Boom Herron's spin move, persistence and ultimate second effort extended the Colts drive and kept hope alive for the comeback victory.

"That was all Boom Herron right there," Luck said of the fourth-and-one run. "Probably one of the best half-yard runs I've ever seen in my life

With Cleveland taking a timeout, Luck turned into equipment staffer by tying T.Y. Hilton's shoe before the young duo struck again.

This time it was just a one-yard connection for Luck and Hilton, which meant much more than the three feet it covered.

It was victory No. 9, preserving the Colts two-game divisional lead and shrinking the magic number in the AFC South to just one game with three weeks remaining.

"No one said it would be easy," safety Mike Adams said after the game. "If it was easy, everybody would do it. At the end of the day we got it done and that's all that matters.

"That's why it's a team effort. We know if (Luck) has the ball in his hands with a couple minutes left in the game, he's going to get it done and we knew that. We wanted Andrew Luck to seal the deal and he definitely sealed the deal."

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