Luck throws 5 TD passes, Colts rout Washington

Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) – Andrew Luck threw for 370 yards with
five touchdowns, leading the Indianapolis Colts to a 49-27 victory over the
Washington Redskins on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium.

It was supposed to be a matchup of the top two picks in the 2012 NFL Draft,
but only Luck, the No. 1 selection, played. And he played very well.

Luck completed 19-of-27 throws, two of which went for scores of more than 70
yards. Coby Fleener hauled in TD passes of 30 and 73 yards, while Donte
Moncrief had scoring receptions of 48 and 79 yards.

Robert Griffin III, the second overall choice in 2012, was benched earlier
this week by Redskins coach Jay Gruden after three straight losing efforts.
Colt McCoy, the winning quarterback in Washington’s last two victories, threw
for 392 yards with three touchdowns, but the Redskins defense could not stop
Luck.

The Colts (8-4) racked up 487 yards on just 49 plays, an average of 9.9 yards
per play. Dan Herron added to the outburst with 88 yards on just eight
carries, including a 49-yard touchdown run, as Indianapolis notched its second
straight win.

Washington (3-9) has lost four in a row since McCoy guided the team to an
overtime win at Dallas on Oct. 27. The Redskins were productive with 425 yards
of offense after mustering just 213 last week in a loss to San Francisco.

The Colts turned the ball over on each of their first two possessions, but
Washington managed to convert only one mistake into points.

Luck fumbled on the first play from scrimmage to give Washington possession at
the Indianapolis 15, but it led only to a 25-yard Kai Forbath field goal. Luck
then had a pass deflected four plays into the ensuing series and Ryan Clark
came down with the interception near midfield, but again the Redskins failed
to move and were forced to punt.

There were no mistakes on Indy’s third series. Luck connected on each of his
four passes, including a 30-yard scoring strike to a wide open Fleener along
the left sideline.

The Colts extended their lead to 21-3 on consecutive possessions in second
quarter, as Herron broke free for a 49-yard touchdown run and Luck found T.Y.
Hilton with a 3-yard TD pass.

Washington then finally put together a solid offensive series, marching 84
yards on nine plays for a score. McCoy capped it with a 21-yard TD pass to Roy
Helu Jr.

The Redskins got one more chance after Herron fumbled near midfield on the
next series, but an incomplete pass and a sack eventually forced a punt in the
final minute of the half.

McCoy pulled Washington within 21-17 on the first series of the second half,
throwing a 16-yard touchdown pass to Logan Paulsen, but the Colts answered
just three plays after the kickoff when Luck hit Moncrief with a 48-yard
scoring pass.

The Redskins were moving again with their next possession, but McCoy was
sacked again and lost the ball. D’Qwell Jackson recovered and raced 35 yards
for a touchdown to give the Colts a 35-17 advantage.

McCoy and Luck then traded long scoring passes. McCoy hit DeSean Jackson with
a 42-yard touchdown and Luck answered just 27 seconds later with a 73-yarder
to Fleener.

Forbath kicked a 29-yard field goal three minutes into the fourth quarter to
get Washington within two scores, but once again Luck had a quick response
with a 79-yard TD pass to Moncrief just three plays later and Washington had
no answer.

Game Notes

The Colts scored a touchdown in the first quarter for the first time since
Week 6 against Houston … Luck set a franchise record with his 10th 300-yard
passing game of the season, eclipsing Peyton Manning’s mark of nine set in
2009 … Fleener had four catches for 127 yards, while Moncrief amassed 134
yards on just three receptions … Jackson caught five passes for 84 yards in
defeat, while tight end Jordan Reed hauled in nine balls for 123 yards … The
Colts will visit Cleveland next Sunday, while the Redskins will host St.
Louis.