Andrew Luck guides Indianapolis on 3 scoring drives in 2nd quarter | NFL
Andrew Luck, rookie quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts, shook off two early interceptions to put together three second-quarter scoring drives in an exhibition game against Pittsburgh.
PITTSBURGH — Andrew Luck shook off two early interceptions to put together three second-quarter scoring drives, giving the Indianapolis Colts a halftime lead before the Pittsburgh Steelers rallied for a 26-24 exhibition victory Sunday night.
Ex-Stanford standout Luck, the first player drafted this year, completed 16 of 25 passes for 175 yards and added a 1-yard touchdown run for the Colts (1-1), who held their own against a perennial Super Bowl contender.
Ben Roethlisberger passed for 81 yards with a touchdown and an interception for the Steelers (1-1), who took an early 14-0 lead when Ike Taylor picked off Luck's pass and took it 49 yards for a score.
The pick didn't seem to rattle Luck, who led the Colts to scores on three of their next four drives. By the time he left, Indianapolis held a 17-14 lead at halftime.
"You never want to throw any interceptions, even if they are tipped, bobbled, whatever," Luck said. "I've got to cut down on those, but I think showing we can bounce back from those mistakes and kind of climb out of that hole was a good sign."
Rookie Danny Hrapmann kicked four second-half field goals for the Steelers, including the 22-yard winner with 20 seconds remaining.
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• Titans coach Mike Munchak said he could go all the way up to opening week before deciding whether ex-Seahawk Matt Hasselbeck or former Washington Huskies standout Jake Locker will be the starting quarterback.
• Tom Coughlin, coach of the Super Bowl champion New York Giants, was not happy about a video of Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul throwing second-year cornerback Prince Amukamara into an ice bath at training camp.
It was tweeted by punter Steve Weatherford on Saturday and it contains some inappropriate language.
"Anything that occurs within this family or within our group should not be a part of any social-media aspect," Coughlin said. "I'm going to address that strongly ... "