Brissett opened the tilt with 16 consecutive completions, tying Peyton Manning for second-most consecutive completions in a game by a Colts QB since 1991 (as far back as NFL Research data goes). Brissett also accomplished something Luck never did, becoming just the third QB in Colts franchise history with a 115-plus passer rating in two of the first three weeks of a season -- Peyton Manning (2009, 2004) and Johnny Unitas (1964).
In Brissett's first two games, the Colts leaned heavily on the running game, with the QB throwing for fewer than 200 yards in each tilt. Those game plans might have led some to believe the coaching staff was protecting the QB from carrying the load. Brissett put those hot takes to rest of Sunday's tilt.
"That's exactly how he's been since the minute 12 retired," receiver Chester Rogers said. "He's had this 'I'm the captain now' attitude, just this look that told us all, 'I'm ready. Let's roll.'"
The Colts ran the four-minute drill to perfection after another late Atlanta score. Indy churned out three first downs forcing the Falcons to burn all three timeouts. Then on a third-and-4 from the 27-yard-line, with 1:56 remaining, Reich didn't take the conservative approach, instead putting the ball in Brissett's hands. The QB found tight end Jack Doyle for an 11-yard gain to ice the game.
"I mean, we just had a lot of confidence from Day 1," Reich said. "Everything about him says that he has (confidence) ... he's doing it. This is as great as he's played today."