Luck had more game-winning drives than Peyton Manning had wins through their first 21 NFL starts. Nearly half of Luck's 23 victories have been of the comeback variety.
"He's always been a different animal in the fourth quarter, his whole life," general manager Ryan Grigson told NFL Media's Albert Breer. "... It's like (Michael) Jordan when he'd take that last shot -- he wants the ball.
"This guy, we're so blessed, he wants the ball in those situations," Grigson went on. "Other guys don't want the ball; they want to hand it off. They don't really want it -- they're gonna be half-stepping it. This kid is gonna rear back and throw a bomb when he has all the pressure on him. And that's a thing of beauty. You're born with that."
"There's been some great ones," Pagano told Breer. "But (Luck is) gonna go down as probably one of the best, if not the best ever to play this game when everything is all said and done. We're very, very fortunate to have No. 12 on our side."
If I was starting an NFL franchise from scratch, Luck would be my number one pick. After losing his top running back (Ahmad Bradshaw), tight end (Dwayne Allen) and wide receiver (Reggie Wayne) to season-ending injuries, he put the rest of the talent-deficient offense on his back to win the AFC South.
A more subtle expression of Luck's greatness is this key pass to LaVon Brazill late in the third quarter of Saturday's battle. Pushed outside the pocket, he casually and confidently brushes off an oncoming pass rusher to extend the play and hit Brazill on the sideline for a 30-yard gain.
Skeptical football fans might scoff at the idea of a quarterback possessing the "it" factor, but league executives have been searching high and low for "it" since the early days of the league. That practice won't stop anytime soon.
"That's him, that's how he's wired, that's in his DNA," Pagano continued. "We talk about 'it' -- he's got 'it.' You see a lot of guys that would go in the tank and couldn't put (the interceptions) past them. It's like a great cover corner. They have amnesia. He's able to put that behind him, put this team on his shoulders and carry us to another victory."