The Colts pulled out a 23-20 victory over the Dolphins, and while Ryan Tannehill played well, Luck's performance was unprecedented for a first-year pro. He threw for 433 yards -- an NFL single-game rookie record -- and also finished with two touchdowns and a 105.6 passer rating. Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton's stamp on the rookie passing record lasted all of one season.
Luck did everything a coach could ask from his quarterback. He converted third downs. He avoided sacks. He pushed the ball downfield. He checked down when necessary. The numbers would have been even more gaudy if two clear TD passes hadn't been dropped.
"We knew we'd have to disrupt him a little bit," Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said of Luck. "... When you're playing against him, that's a thing that's absolutely critical, keeping him in the pocket, and he made a couple of throws on the run. Again, we weren't detailed enough and disciplined enough in some of our rush lanes. That wasn't the whole problem, and obviously, sometimes we didn't get there fast enough."
It was the type of game that drives opponents mad. The Dolphins pressed the pocket, but Luck wouldn't go down. He completed passes into double coverage and made a habit of finding receivers in tight coverage.
"Playing the quarterback position, stuff doesn't always go right with the protection, and you've got to make a play with your feet or get the ball out," Luck said. "Part of being a quarterback is having to adjust. If you could tell a quarterback he was going to have a clean pocket and not be hit once during the game, wouldn't that be the life? It's not, so you deal with it."