After a rough start to his NFL career in Chicago last week, Andrew Luck was a winner in his home debut. Luck marched the Colts 45 yards in 23 seconds to set up an Adam Vinatieri field goal in a 23-20 win over Minnesota at Lucas Oil Stadium.
From the AP game story: "He looked like a new, younger version of Peyton Manning."
According to the NFL's Director of NFC Communications, Randall Liu, Luck became the first rookie quarterback to lead a game-winning drive in the final minute of the fourth quarter in September
in a stadium with a retractable roof against an NFC opponent since Archie Manning did it against the Rams in 1971.
"I wish it didn't have to be like this," Luck said after the Colts let the Vikings erase a double-digit lead. "If we come out in the second half, played a little better, put some points on the board, then it doesn't have to be like this. To get a win was something I really wanted for this team. I'm very proud to be associated with this franchise."
Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts
After catching six passes for 82 yards in Week 1, Fleener had only two catches for 16 yards against the Vikings. Fellow rookie tight end Dwayne Allen caught a three-yard touchdown pass for his only catch of the day.
Toby Gerhart, Minnesota Vikings
Luck and Fleener's former teammate had five carries for 15 yards and two catches for 17 yards in the loss. Between Luck, Gerhart and Vikings starting running back Adrian Peterson, there were three guys who combined for four runner-up finishes in the Heisman Trophy voting on the field Sunday.
Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks
Sherman had four tackles in Seattle's convincing 27-7 win over Dallas.
Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks
Baldwin, who broke two teeth while diving for a catch in Week 1, did not have a catch against the Cowboys. Presumably he didn't lose any teeth, either.
Johnson Bademosi, Cleveland Browns
Bademosi had one tackle in Cleveland's 34-27 loss to Cincinnati.
Alex Smith, Cleveland Browns
Smith had three catches for 30 yards against the Bengals.
Jonathan Martin, Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins rushed for 263 yards in a 35-13 rout of the Raiders, which made Martin a happy moose.
That's how you run the damn football!!!— Jonathan A. Martin (@J_Martin71) September 16, 2012