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Posted by Kevin Bowen on October 8, 2012 – 10:50 am

It is no secret that just four games into his NFL career Andrew Luck has excelled near the end of each half. His calm demeanor has contributed to that success which has been even more impressive considering Luck has had to deal with a different offensive line from week-to-week. Below are some stats Luck has had in the final minutes of each half with finding No. 87 being a common denominator.

Starting with drives that happen in the final five minutes of the second and fourth quarters, the Colts have scored 37 points on 13 of those drives. Those 37 points, coming in 10 of the game’s 60 minutes, accounts for more than a third of the Colts 90 points through four games.

Luck is 40-of-64 during those drives, throwing for 476 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Those numbers equate to a 94.27 quarterback rating which would be good for 11th best in the league when comparing his quarterback rating to those of other quarterback’s rating from the entire game.

Wayne has 15 catches for 222 yards and two touchdowns during the 13 drives, accounting for nearly half the offense’s production during that time.

These numbers beg the question of if/when will the Colts start doing more ‘two-minute’ offense? Luck and head coach Chuck Pagano have talked in the past about the need for a consistent, healthy offensive line before accelerating the up tempo style throughout the game. There is no question though that a big reason the Colts are 2-2 despite so many injuries, has been the play of Luck and the offense late in halves.

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