Luck sets rookie record as Colts improve to 5-3

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Luck sets rookie record as Colts improve to 5-3


Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck looks to throw the football against the Miami Dolphins during the first quarter of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Indiana, Sunday. The rookie set a new single-game passing record. [REUTERS/YONHAP]

Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck set a new record for passing yards in a game by a rookie in the National Football League on Sunday while Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers both led their respective teams to impressive wins.

Luck threw for 433 yards in his team’s 23-20 win over the Miami Dolphins, eclipsing the previous record of 422 set by Cam Newton last season.

Aaron Rodgers threw four touchdowns for the Green Bay Packers in their 31-17 win over the Arizona Cardinals, who suffered a fifth straight defeat.

Peyton Manning recovered after throwing two interceptions to lead the Denver Broncos to a 31-23 win at the Cincinnati Bengals while the Baltimore Ravens beat the Cleveland Browns 25-15 after giving up a 14-point lead.

Luck, last season’s No. 1 draft pick after graduating from Stanford University, completed 30 of 48 passes as the Colts improved to 5-3.

After a Dolphins field goal, Luck got Indianapolis on the scoreboard with a nine-yard touchdown pass to receiver Reggie Wayne.

The Dolphins’ own rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill came into the league with much less fanfare than Luck but showed his quality with a 31-yard pass to Charles Clay for a touchdown.

After a Colts field goal, Miami got back in front thanks to a weaving 18-yard touchdown run from Reggie Bush. In the third quarter, Luck hurled a 36-yard pass into the end zone to T.Y. Hilton, who made a magnificent catch despite double coverage to put the Colts back ahead.

The two teams exchanged field goals in the fourth quarter but Miami (4-4) blew a chance to win the game when Sean Smith dropped an easy interception inside the Colts 30-yard line with less than four minutes left.

The victory was the third in a row for a Colts team watched by head coach Chuck Pagano, who has been undergoing treatment for leukemia.

The Green Bay Packers (6-3) offense is firing again, putting up 176 yards on the ground while quarterback Rodgers threw for 218 yards and four touchdowns, including two to Randall Cobb.

Rodgers wrapped up a convincing performance with a 72-yard pass down the middle to Tom Crabtree.

The Washington Redskins suffered a 13-21 home defeat to the Carolina Panthers, and if you believe the “Redskins Rule” that could be good news for Republican candidate Mitt Romney in today’s presidential election in the United States.

Since 1940, with just one exception, a Redskins win in their final home game before a presidential vote has meant victory for the incumbent with a loss meaning a triumph for the challenger.

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