Indianapolis 35, Detroit 33

Sunday, December 2, 2012 1:00 PM
WHEN: 1:00 PM EST, Sunday, December 2, 2012
WHERE: Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan
TEMPERATURE: DOME
HEAD OFFICIAL: Bill Vinocich
ATTENDANCE: 63887

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 Total
Indianapolis 7 7 7 14 35
Detroit 10 13 7 3 33

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Indianapolis 8-4 5-1 3-3 W2
Detroit 4-8 2-4 2-4 L4

Recap


Colts 35, Lions 33: Rookie Andrew Luck recorded his fourth touchdown pass with a 14-yard dump-off to Donnie Avery as time expired to lift visiting Indianapolis to its sixth win in seven games.

After connecting with LaVon Brazill on a 42-yard scoring strike to bring the Colts (8-4) within five at 33-28, Luck engineered an 11-play, 75-yard drive in the final 1:07. On fourth down and with only four seconds on the clock, Luck stepped up in the pocket before flicking the ball to Avery, who scooted into the end zone for his second touchdown of the game.

Luck finished with 391 yards to stun the Lions (4-8), who suffered their fourth straight loss despite Calvin Johnson reeling in a career-best 13 receptions for 171 yards and a touchdown.

After rookie Vick Ballard's 11-yard scoring run trimmed Detroit's lead to 23-21, Stafford hooked up with his favorite target on a 46-yard score. Johnson dived for the ball and rolled into the end zone just seconds before the end of the third quarter.

Johnson joined Detroit's Pat Studstill (1966) as the lone NFL players to record 125-plus receiving yards in five consecutive games. Johnson, who has 1,428 yards receiving, is on target to break Hall of Famer Jerry Rice's single-season mark of 1,848 in 1995.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Johnson's 13 receptions were the most by a member of the Lions since Herman Moore had 14 in 1995... Ballard's first career touchdown came on his 127th carry of the season. He entered the game with the most rushes in the NFL without running for a score. ... The Colts recorded their first four-game winning streak versus the Lions since the 1958-59 season.

Top Game Performances

Rushing
Indianapolis   Detroit
Vick Ballard Player Joique Bell
9 Attempts 7
41 Yards 81
4.6 Avg Yards 11.6
1 Touchdowns 0
13 Long 67
Receiving
Indianapolis   Detroit
T.Y. Hilton Player Calvin Johnson
6 Receptions 13
100 Yards 171
16.7 Avg Yards 13.2
0 Touchdowns 1
60 Long 46

Team Stats Summary

  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sacks FF
Indianapolis 459 87 372 5 0 1 0.0 0
Detroit 451 138 313 3 4 3 2.0 1

Upcoming Games

  • Detroit will play their next game on the road against Green Bay. The Lions have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .333 after a loss.
  • Indianapolis will play their next game at home against Tennessee. The Colts have a W/L % of .667 after a win and .667 after a loss.