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Dolphins vs. Colts: Luck torches Dolphins, Colts emerge with 23-20 win

Andrew Luck had his way with the Dolphins defense and outdueled Ryan Tannehill on Sunday, throwing for 433 yards and leading Indianapolis past Miami, 23-20

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Luck breaks record in Colts' 23-20 win over Miami

Another week, another win - and another step toward making Colts fans not miss Peyton Manning.

Andrew Luck set the NFL rookie record for passing yards in a game, throwing for 433 yards and two touchdowns as he led the Colts to their third straight victory, a 23-20 win over the Miami Dolphins.

In a battle between two first-round quarterbacks, Luck shined in front of the home crowd, connecting with Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton for touchdowns, converting a staggering 12 of 18 third downs, snapping Cam Newton's rookie record for passing yards in a game, and remarkably keeping the Colts in the hunt for the playoffs.

The Colts grabbed an early first quarter lead when the first overall pick connected with Wayne for a nine-yard touchdown that made the score 10-3, but Tannehill - who had his own superb day in defeat - helped the Dolphins respond in emphatic fashion.

Tannehill connected with Charles Clay on a 31-yard touchdown to tie the score, and, after a Colts field goal, Bush flashed vintage speed and elusiveness on an 18-yard touchdown run where he left at least four Indy defenders grasping at air.

An Adam Vinateri field goal before the half gave the Dolphins a 17-13 lead at half - but that margin wouldn't last.

Late in the third quarter, Luck flung a prayer into double coverage that found the hands of fellow rookie T.Y. Hilton for a 36-yard touchdown to make the score 20-17 and send the Colts into the final stanza with a lead and ever-expanding playoff hopes.

After both teams traded field goals in the fourth quarter to make the score 23-20, the Dolphins had one final chance to score and steal the win from Luck's hands, but a fourth-and-15 pass came up one yard short and the Colts sealed their fifth win of the year.

The 5-3 Colts now travel to Jacksonville to take on the Jaguars, while the 4-4 Dolphins welcome in the Titans to Miami next week.

Fantasy studs: Andrew Luck headlined the day, and all of the Colts receivers benefitted from his phenomenal performance. Reggie Wayne had seven catches for 78 yards and a touchdown, Hilton had six catches for 102 yards and a score, Donnie Avery, who left the game with a hip injury, had five catches for 108 yards, and Dwayne Allen caught six balls for 75 yards. Brian Hartline had a nice day for the Dolphins, catching eight passes for 107 yards.

Fantasy duds: The Colts running backs were unspectacular - Vick Ballard led all runners with 16 carries for 60 yards.

Did they cover?: The Dolphins were favored by two points, and thus did not cover.

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Bush, Miami strike back, lead 17-13 at half

Andrew Luck and the Colts jumped out to the early lead in Indianapolis, but Ryan Tannehill and Reggie Bush helped the Dolphins charge back and take a 17-13 lead at halftime.

Tannehill responded to Luck's early score with his fifth passing touchdown of the season, a 31-yard connection to Charles Clay that made the score 10-7.

On the next drive, Luck connected with Donnie Avery on a 48-yard bomb down the middle of the defense to put Indy on the threshold once again, but the Colts couldn't convert and settled for a field goal that tied the score.

Reggie Bush answered the call for the Dolphins on the next drive, scampering into the end zone for an 18-yard touchdown that featured moves reminiscent of his days at USC.

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Bush has six carries for 26 yards and the score.

Right before halftime, Luck once again connected on a deep pass and the Colts converted another long field goal to cut the score to 17-13. Luck is 19 for 28 for 273 yards and touchdown. A healthy-looking Tannehill is 10 for 14 for 158 yards and a touchdown.


Luck leads Colts to 7-3 first-quarter lead

In a battle of first-round quarterbacks, Andrew Luck got the better of Ryan Tannehill in the first stanza in Indianapolis, connecting with Reggie Wayne for a nine-yard touchdown strike that gave the Colts a 7-3 lead.

The Stanford product got off to a hot start, completing all four of his passes on the first drive on the day to lead the Colts into the heart of Dolphins territory. The drive stalled out after Indy couldn't convert on a third-and-1, and the Colts failed to get on the board when the usually reliable Adam Vinateri missed a 48-yard field goal.

After the miss, Tannehill and the Dolphins countered with a solid drive of their own, culminating in a 37-yard field goal from Dan Carpenter that gave Miami the 3-0 lead.

Luck promptly responded on the next drive, converting two third-and-longs and benefitting from a pass interference call to put the Colts on the doorstep of the end zone before hooking up with Wayne for the score. Luck is 8-for-11 passing for 108 yards and a touchdown, and Tannehill is 5-for-8 for 81 yards.


Dolphins vs. Colts inactives: Tannehill starts

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill will start for the Miami Dolphins versus the Indianapolis Colts after being limited in practice all week with a left knee injury. Tannehill was listed as questionable leading up to Sunday.

Colts running back Donald Brown is listed as active but will not start for Indianapolis. Vick Ballard will start in place of Brown for the Colts.

The Colts will be without rookie tight end Coby Fleener, who suffered a shoulder injury last week versus Tennessee, and defensive back Vontae Davis, who is recovering from a knee injury.

The Dolphins will be missing defensive tackle Tony McDaniel (knee) and corner back Richard Marshall (back) on Sunday.

The complete inactive lists for both Indianapolis and Miami are below:

Indianapolis Colts
WR Nathan Palmer
CB Vontae Davis (knee)
DB Marshay Green
DE Clifton Geathers
T Tony Hills
TE Coby Fleener (shoulder)

Miami Dolphins
QB Pat Devlin
T Will Yeatman
LB Josh Kaddu
TE Michael Egnew
S Anderson Russell
DT Tony McDaniel (knee)
CB Richard Marshall (back)

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