Colts to learn from mistakes in last year’s heavy defeat.
Indianapolis Colts star Andrew Luck has insisted that he is ready to forget about last year’s loss to the New England Patriots and is ready to put things right in the rematch between the two this weekend.
The Colts lost 59-24 at Gillette Stadium around 14 months ago, which remains the worst defeat of Luck’s two-year NFL career thus far.
Indianapolis led 14-7 at the end of the first quarter in that game, but things took a turn for the worse thereafter as the 24-year-old turned the ball over four times with two of his three interceptions being returned for touchdowns.
As a result, current Colts coach Chuck Pagano has joked that they have burned the film from that game, although his quarterback insists that he understands where he might have gone wrong and credited the defense of his opponents for putting him off his game.
“I think they did a great job of creating turnovers, forcing turnovers, which they still do, great job at getting at the quarterback,” Luck said, according to ESPN.
“We know it’s going to be a dogfight and looking forward to it,” Luck said. “This is what the playoffs are about.”
Luck put in arguably his best performance since joining the league in last weekend’s incredible comeback win over the Kansas City Chiefs, while the Pats had a bye week after topping their division.
Nevertheless, Colts general manager Ryan Grigson has compared his quarterback to Michael Jordan this week, after he turned around a 28-point deficit with a thrilling late show.
New England coach Bill Belichick conceded in his press conference this week that there “aren’t really any weaknesses to his game”, while rival quarterback Tom Brady will undoubtedly be looking to outshine him on the field come Saturday night.