He is the real deal.
With 4:30 minutes and the Colts down by five to the Packers, the ball was placed in Luck’s hands. It was the kind of late-game moment in which Manning had always managed to come through, and like his predecessor, Luck delivered.
Luck marched the Indianapolis offense down the field with an eerie precision that's usually only seen in 10-year veterans. He scanned the field with an easy grace and fit balls into windows a mortal quarterback wouldn't even see.
He hit Reggie Wayne on out routes, Coby Fleener over the middle and even scrambled his way to a first down when he really needed it. And with the clock sitting at under a minute and the Colts on the goal line, Luck delivered a perfectly placed slant route to Wayne for the game-winning touchdown.
It was an emphatic stamp on what was already the best game of the young QB's career. Luck passed for 362 yards and a pair of touchdowns, outshining league MVP Aaron Rodgers—who passed for 243 yards, three touchdowns and a pick—in the process.
The stats are impressive, but it's the final drive that will have Colts fans talking for years. It's the kind of effort that will be the beginning chapter in the legend that is Andrew Luck
He was just spectacular.
Luck showed zero signs of his rookie status. He was calm while ordering his teammates to the line and made audibles like he was the unquestioned leader of the team. And the crazy thing is, after only four games, he already is.
Early in the season, people were questioning the Colts' selection of Luck over Robert Griffin III, citing the fact that he wasn't as exciting or as athletic. But the thing is, he doesn't have to be.
Luck is a natural leader with an intelligence in the pocket that has rarely been seen on a football field. When you couple that with his uncanny accuracy and above-average arm strength, you have the mold for one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time.
His performance today was just for one game, yet it means so much more. It's a signal to the league that Andrew Luck is here to stay and will be here for years to come.
He may never become Manning in Indy, but that's OK. Thirty years from now, Colts fans will be saying, "We need to find another Andrew Luck."