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Despite Playoff Loss, Andrew Luck Gives Colts Fans Plenty to Be Excited About

BALTIMORE, MD - JANUARY 06:  Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts attempts to pass against Terrell Suggs #55 of the Baltimore Ravens during the AFC Wild Card Playoff Game at M&T Bank Stadium on January 6, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Jesse ReedCorrespondent IJanuary 6, 2013

Don't hang your heads, Colts fans.

Andrew Luck is already better than most NFL quarterbacks, and he'll provide plenty of reasons to smile in the years to come. 

After all, if he had just gotten a little bit of help from the rest of the players on offense on Sunday, the Colts may have beaten the Baltimore Ravens.

But help never came.

If anything, Luck was let down in a major way by his teammates, as dropped passes and missed assignments on the offensive line were the stories of the day.

He finished the game with 288 yards, throwing one interception and losing one fumble while being sacked three times and pressured countless others.

Luck played well enough to win the game, though. Once Ryan Grigson shores up the team's offensive line, it's not hard to see that the young signal-caller will blossom into one of the NFL's best quarterbacks.

He's not the only one who will benefit from an improved offensive line.

Remember, the Colts played a handful of rookies on offense this season. Luck was joined by tight end Coby Fleener, tight end Dwayne Allen, running back Vick Ballard, receiver T.Y. Hilton and receiver LaVon Brazil—all of which proved to be valuable players for Indy.

That's a lot of rookies making major contributions to a playoff team that won 11 games in 2012.

Don't forget about Luck's incredible play late in games. He led four game-winning drives and seven fourth-quarter comebacks as a rookie in 2012—a truly stunning display of poise and leadership by such a young man.

Among Luck's greatest attributes is an ability to make quick decisions while progressing through his reads. It isn't rare to see him throw the ball to his third or fourth read on any given play—something that is rare for rookie quarterbacks. 

Luck is the real deal. He's doing things at the age of 23 that most quarterbacks don't begin to grasp until well into their third or fourth seasons. As long as he stays healthy, he'll continue to lead the Colts into the playoffs, year after year. 

So don't cry over this bitter loss, Colts fans. 

Luck is on your side, and it'll only be a matter of time before Indianapolis is hosting playoff games on a regular basis.


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