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Philadelphia uses Luck's late interception to key stunning 30-27 comeback over Colts

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INDIANAPOLIS — All Andrew Luck had to do Monday night was play it safe.

Instead, he made the big mistake.

Luck threw away a scoring chance with 5:08 to go, and the Eagles took advantage by driving for a game-tying touchdown and then a 36-yard field goal as time expired to take a stunning 30-27 victory at Indianapolis.

"When you're up on a good team, you better stay up," he said. "You can't turn the ball over in the red zone when you're about to make it a two-score game. It was stupid by me."

Perhaps some bad luck, too.

Replays showed T.Y. Hilton, the intended receiver, appeared to be grabbed by Brandon Boykin. No call was made.

Two plays later, when LaRon Landry pulled down LeSean McCoy from behind for a loss, Landry was called for a horse-collar tackle. Replays showed Landry had grabbed McCoy by the jersey, not inside the shoulder pads.

But the Colts (0-2) blamed themselves for letting this one slip away.

"You've got to eliminate the friendly fire and you've got to finish games," coach Chuck Pagano said after losing back-to-back regular season games for the first time in his three seasons in Indy. "You've got to put people away."

Especially when you're facing one of the most potent offenses in the league.

Darren Sproles had seven receptions for 152 yards to go along with a touchdown run as the Eagles (2-0) won their first game on the road for the sixth consecutive season. Philadelphia, which stormed back from a 17-0 halftime deficit to beat Jacksonville 34-17 in Week 1, also became the fourth team in the last 30 years to win consecutive games in which it trailed by 14 or more points in the 2nd half, according to STATS.

"He's just a special player," coach Chip Kelly said, praising Sproles for his role in the prime-time comeback. "The first day we had him it was, 'How many different ways can we find ways to get him the football?' He's just a dynamic football player."

PHOTO: Indianapolis Colts running back Ahmad Bradshaw (44) scores on a seven yard touchdown reception during the second half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Indianapolis Colts running back Ahmad Bradshaw (44) scores on a seven yard touchdown reception during the second half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Philadelphia's latest rally came against the defending AFC South champs, a team that had never lost back-to-back regular-season games with Luck at quarterback. The Colts (0-2) led 17-6 at halftime, but committed two costly turnovers in the second half that the Eagles turned into 14 points.

Nick Foles was 21 of 37 for 331 yards with one touchdown — a 6-yard pass to Jeremy Maclin with 3:25 to go that tied it at 27. McCoy ran 20 times for 79 yards and scored Philadelphia's first touchdown of the night with 4:32 left in the third quarter.

The Eagles appeared to be in trouble when Indianapolis was driving with a 27-20 lead in the fourth. But Luck's interception changed everything.

Two plays later, LeSean McCoy was stopped for a loss but Landry was called for the questionable horse-collar tackle. Sproles then took a swing pass for a 51-yard gain to the 6, and Foles found Maclin for the tying score.

"Without Sproles, we would be in some trouble, to be honest, we really would. That's why we're a team," McCoy said. "When guys are struggling, he's picking everybody up. He's helping me out. I need to get my thing together. I don't feel like I'm playing to the level I should be playing at."

Luck, who was 20 of 34 for 172 yards with three TDs, walked into the postgame news conference for the second straight week and said he made a "stupid" decision when he threw the interception even though replays also appeared to show Hilton had been grabbed by a defender.

The Eagles started slow, managing just two field goals in the first half. They finished strong, tying it at 20 when Sproles managed to stay on his feet for a 19-yard run late in the third and again at 27 on the TD pass to Maclin.

Luck drove the Colts right back down the field and hooked up with Ahmad Bradshaw for a tiebreaking score, but Indy couldn't close it out and the Eagles took advantage.

Indy looked as if it wouldn't need Luck's late-game heroics, thanks to a ground game that piled up 169 yards.

Then came Luck's inexplicable interception.

"We knew we had a field goal in the bag. Everybody saw what happened," Pagano said. "The last words before the play were 'Take care of the football.'"

NOTES: Eagles CB Nolan Carroll II left the game with an injured elbow but returned in the third quarter after X-rays were negative. ... Philadelphia linebacker Mychal Kendricks left in the third quarter with a calf injury. ... Indy was hosting its first Monday night game since 2010.


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