Andrew Luck didn't put up the best numbers of his career in Sunday's 26-10 Wild Card win over the Bengals, and he didn't deliver a legendary performance like he did in the Wild Card round against the Chiefs last January. But Luck was dominant in a more subtle way, connecting on several ridiculous downfield passes and repeatedly checking down at the right times to Dan Herron (10 catches for 85 yards).
Luck's sole touchdown pass -- a gorgeous 36-yard strike to Donte Moncrief in the third quarter -- was a thing of beauty. Luck evaded the rush, climbed the pocket, spotted the open man and fired a perfect pass as he was being tripped up.
Luck has taken as much punishment as any quarterback in the past three seasons, but he always, always, always keeps his eyes down field. This was a textbook example.
Now Luck gets another shot at the Broncos, the team that beat Indy in the season opener. This is a flawed Colts team, and beating the undermanned and underwhelming Bengals doesn't eliminate the possibility the Colts can't hang with the big boys. But Luck remains an X-factor who gives Indy a very real chance of getting back to the AFC Championship Game for the first time since 2009.