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Andrew Luck's Career Afternoon Highlights Colts Moving To 8-4

Intro: In the Colts 49-27 win on Sunday afternoon, Andrew Luck turned in a career performance. What records did Luck set in the Colts eighth win of the season?





INDIANAPOLIS – All week long, Andrew Luck didn't want to talk much about seeing the man chosen behind him in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Talking about those types of things has never been part of Luck's DNA.

He's more of a "walker" of his talk.

On Sunday, Luck's walking was in the tune of a career-high five touchdown passes, 370 passing yards and leading the Colts to a 49-27 victory.

The chunk plays from Luck and the Colts offense were abundant and back-breaking against Washington.

Touchdown passes of 48, 73 and 79 yards were something the Colts saw earlier this week and executed come Sunday.

"We were confident we could hit some chunks," Luck said after the game. "We came in thinking we'd have a chance at some big ones."

"We have incredibly explosive players all over the field. You see a running back take it for (49) yards to the house. You see (Coby) Fleener run by DBs. You see our wide outs making monstrous plays. We have guys that are explosive."

That explosion, coupled with the precision of Luck (70 percent completion percentage) added up to the Colts quarterback having his sixth game of least 370 passing yards this season.

Judging by Sunday's start, no one probably expected Luck to finish the day with the second highest quarterback rating of his career.

A strip/sack on the first play from scrimmage could have spelled doom from the start.

Then on the next possession, Luck forced a pass in the direction of Reggie Wayne and was picked off by Washington safety Ryan Clark.

Thanks to some stops though via sudden change from the Colts defense, Luck and the offense got the ball back well within striking distance.

This time there was no looking back.

A slew of strikes from Luck came with touchdown passes of 48 and 79 yards to rookie Donte Moncrief and a 73-yard catch and run by tight end Coby Fleener.

"That was a great defense and we just had to go out there and make more plays than they did," Moncrief said after the game.

"We just had to beat man (coverage) and make those plays for Luck."

In his 44th career game on Sunday, Luck showed what scouts and personnel people all salivated about leading into the 2012 NFL Draft.

This is a rare breed of quarterback that has the necessary physical tools to go along with innate mental traits.

Luck has now reached the 4,000-yard plateau in 2014 after just 12 games, thanks to throwing for at least 370 yards in half of those contests.

On Sunday, he set a franchise record with his 10th 300-yard passing day on the season.

As the Colts head into the final quarter of the season Luck carries a career mark of 30-14, making him just the fifth quarterback in NFL history to reach that win plateau in the first three seasons of a career.

Washington head coach Jay Gruden walked into the media room following Sunday's loss to the Colts fielding questions on the future of his quarterback position.

Down the hall, Chuck Pagano didn't have to take such inquiries thanks to his quarterback turning in another impressive afternoon of work.

"Andrew does a great job of seeing the whole field," Gruden said while answering questions about the big plays given up by Washington.

"A lot of times when you blow a coverage like that, quarterbacks can't find it so you get away with it but Andrew sees it all. Andrew's a hell of a player."

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