Andrew Luck put in a terrific performance as he led the Indianapolis Colts to a win in the Wildcard round of this year's NFL play-offs over the Cincinnati Bengals.
Luck led the Colts to a 26-10 victory and will now move on to face Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in the divisional round next Sunday.
Luck sent a big message to the Broncos quarterback as his incredible season continued with a great passing performance against the Bengals.
Luck threw for 376 yards and threw one touchdown pass as the Colts easily moved past the Bengals whose play-off curse continues.
The Colts relied heavily on their passing ability against Cincinnati as wide receiver T.Y Hilton had over 100 receiving yards.
- Baltimore Ravens coach makes strange claims about his own player
- Cleveland Browns Johnny Manziel responds to big criticism
- Bears and 49ers chasing rivals key man as new head coach
Luck may have put on a passing exhibition against Cincinnati but his performance sent a huge message to Manning.
In the first half, Luck threw for 219 yards - the most in the first half of a wildcard game since Manning back in 2004.
Luck threw the ball very well against the same Cincinnati defense that forced Manning to throw four interceptions just two weeks ago.
Next weeks divisional match between the Broncos and the Colts should be a true clash of the titans at quarterback and it will be interesting to see if Manning is back to throwing the ball.
A more reserved QB?
Whilst Andrew Luck excelled at passing the ball on Wildcard weekend, his opposing quarterback Andy Dalton was a lot less successful.
Dalton threw for just 155 yards and was unable to throw a touchdown pass with star wide receiver A.J Green on the sidelines.
The Bengals were committed to running the ball with runningback Jeremy Hill rushing the ball 13 times but only managing 47 yards.
The Indianapolis defense shut down the Bengals quite easily with the home team gaining the lead and never really looking like losing it.
Kicking it in Denver?
Indianapolis' most consistent player was also crucial today as kicker and the NFL's oldest player Adam Vinatieri was 4/4 with his field goals today.
Vinatieri put up 12 points for the Colts meaning that they were able to secure the two score win.
If John Fox and Peyton Manning were watching in Denver they will surely have noticed how important it is to keep Indianapolis out of field goal range.
Vinatieri has only missed one field goal attempt all season and he could prove crucial if the Colts are to pull off an upset victory in Denver next week.