The NFL Rises
10:45 AM, Jan 1, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
And, then, there is the team that let Manning go. Without him, the Indianapolis Colts had the worst record in the NFL last year. If the NFL follows any biblical injunction, it is that “the last shall go first,” so the Colts’ sorry record give them first call in the annual draft of college players and they used it to take Andrew Luck in the fervent hope that he would be the next great Colts quarterback in a line that ran back through Manning to Johnny Unitas.
But it might take a while. The Colts were rebuilding. Many new players. New general manager. New head coach. It would, necessarily, be a tough season. And it got tougher when that new head coach was diagnosed with leukemia. One of his assistants took over while he was in treatment.
On Sunday, Coach Pagano returned to the sideline. Andrew Luck threw for 191yards and 2 touchdowns as the Colts beat the favored Houston Texans 28-16, finishing the season at 11-5 and sailing into the playoffs.
Call it Comeback Sunday. Or, even, Resurrection Sunday.
We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming of fiscal cliffs and debt ceilings. But take heart. The playoffs begin on Saturday.