INDIANAPOLIS — Andrew Luck will always take a team-first approach, but the Indianapolis Colts quarterback answered many questions — and, perhaps, silenced some critics — on Sunday against the Houston Texans.
In the Colts' 37-34 overtime loss to the Houston Texans, Luck set new single-game career highs in pass completions (40), pass attempts (62) and passing yards (464), and also tossed four touchdowns.
His completions figure tied a franchise record, his attempts broke the record, and his passing yards were nine short of breaking Peyton Manning's 472 set back in 2004.
But nobody was really in the mood to celebrate after Sunday's game, despite the fact the Colts erased an 18-point third quarter deficit to force overtime and had plenty of chances to win the game at the end.
"Right now, I feel tired," Luck said when asked how he was holding up after the game. "It was a long game. Sixty drop-backs is a lot. ... There are no slouches on that defense."
Luck also entered Sunday's game needing just 260 passing yards to become the latest member of the 20,000 passing yards club, and achieved that feat early in the fourth quarter. Luck reached the milestone in his 74th career game, tying Dan Marino for the second-fastest to 20,000 yards in NFL history. Only Matthew Stafford (71 games) got to the mark quicker.
Luck met another milestone in Sunday's contest, as he threw a touchdown in his 27th consecutive game, which ties him with Manning for the second-most consecutive games with a touchdown pass in franchise history.
Following the game, rookie running back Nyheim Hines — who caught two touchdowns from Luck on Sunday — couldn't help but give his quarterback his due props after a standout afternoon.
"Cold-blooded," Hines said. "He made every throw."
Luck's current touchdown streak is the longest active one in the NFL and is tied for the 13th-longest in NFL history.