INDIANAPOLIS — Reggie Wayne asked
the Indianapolis Colts equipment manager to track down some
orange gloves for him to honor ailing coach Chuck Pagano. He
then turned those gloves into a day no one will soon forget.
Wayne caught 13 passes for 212 yards and the biggest one of all
was a 4-yard reception where he fought his way through two
defenders for the game-winning touchdown in the Colts’ 30-27 win
over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The Colts not only erased an 18-point deficit, but they
accomplished their improbable goal of earning a game ball for
Pagano, who is in the hospital fighting acute promyelocytic
“This is for Chuck,” Wayne said after he left an emotional,
tear-filled Colts locker room.
Wayne has been friends with Pagano since they were at the
University of Miami together, Wayne as a player and Pagano as an
“I wasn’t sure how it would go with being fined,” Wayne said.
“If they fine me, they fine me. I feel like that’d be a terrible
thing to do with everything going on. But I’d take their fine
and go do it for Chuck.”
Colts tight end Dwayne Allen (83) goes in for an 8-yard
touchdown reception while being defended by Green Bay
Packers cornerback Tramon Williams during the second half.
The Colts won the game on a
13-play, 80-yard drive directed by rookie quarterback Andrew
Luck, who finished 31 of 55 passing for a career-best 362 yards
and two scores.
Luck hit Wayne five times on the game-winning drive, including
one third-down play where he escaped Packers linebacker Clay
Matthews. Luck also ran for a third-down conversion to set up
the final touchdown with 35 seconds left.
The Colts trailed 21-3 at halftime before they came back with a
furious second half. Green Bay’s Mason Crosby missed a potential
game-tying 51-yard field goal at the end.
“Greatest win I’ve ever been a part of,” interim coach Bruce
Arians said. “A storybook ending, and we got a game ball for
Packers tight end Tom Crabtree is tackled by Indianapolis
Colts linebacker Moise Fokou during the first half.
After spotting Green Bay a 21-3
lead, the Colts defense put substantial pressure on Green Bay
quarterback Aaron Rodgers. They sacked him five times and hit
him six other times. Cory Redding, one of the players closest to
Pagano because of their time in Baltimore together, had two
sacks. Dwight Freeney (playing for the first time since the
season opener), Robert Mathis and Moise Fokou also had sacks.
“A band of brothers just came together,” Arians said. “This team
overcame something no one gave them a shot to do. Now we have to
carry it over.”
Colts owner Jim Irsay left after the game to present Pagano with
the game ball at the IU Health Simon Cancer Center. Arians said
some of the players hoped to visit the coach later Sunday night.
Colts interim head coach Bruce Arians walks onto the field
before the start of an NFL football game between the
Indianapolis Colts and Green Bay Packers in Indianapolis,
Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. Arians is coaching in place of Colts
head coach Chuck Pagano who was diagnosed with acute
Stunned Packers, now 2-3, looking for
GREEN BAY, Wis. - The Green Bay Packers are looking for some
The offense looks nothing like it did in 2011.
Their defense looks entirely too much like last year's
group. And kicker Mason Crosby missed a pair of 50-yard
field goals Sunday in a dispiriting 30-27 loss at
It all adds up to a 2-3 record, putting the Packers below
.500 at this point in the season for the third time in coach
Mike McCarthy's seven-year tenure. In 2006, the team ended
the year at 8-8. In 2008, the Packers ended up 6-10.
Injuries haven't helped. Wide receiver Greg Jennings who
missed Sunday's loss with a groin injury and running back
Cedric Benson left the game with a sprained foot.
The next game is at Houston on Sunday night.