Colts deliver stunning win, game ball to ill coach Pagano
Reggie Wayne asked the Indianapolis Colts equipment manager to track down orange gloves (the color for leukemia) for him to honor ailing...
INDIANAPOLIS — Reggie Wayne asked the Indianapolis Colts equipment manager to track down orange gloves (the color for leukemia) 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 was a 4-yard reception where he fought his way through two defenders for the 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 leukemia.
"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 assistant coach.
"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."
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 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 tying 51-yard field goal at the end.
"Greatest win I've ever been a part of," interim Colts coach Bruce Arians said. "A storybook ending, and we got a game ball for Coach Pagano."
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