Colts' Luck takes a different turn

There have been many games that have altered the course of certain franchises over the years.

A few that come to mind are the Jets' win in Super Bowl III that legitimized the AFL; Dwight Clark's catch from Joe Montana that helped launch the San Francisco 49ers dynasty in the '80s; and "The Drive" engineered by John Elway that not only solidified his greatness, but seemingly doomed the Cleveland Browns' fortunes for generations.

As strange as it seems, could Thursday night's otherwise meaningless win over the Houston Texans have altered the fortunes of the Indianapolis Colts permanently?

Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star believes it is possible. By posting their second win in five days, the Colts have gone from shoo-ins to get Andrew Luck, to being in a direct competition now with the Minnesota Vikings and St. Louis Rams for the first overall pick and the chance to draft the Stanford star.

Kravitz also points out that instead of a housecleaning with Peyton Manning and a host of veterans likely being gone at the end of the year, it could force the Colts to patch things back together. In fact, owner Jim Irsay said even before the game that a healthy Manning would be back in 2012.

The Colts players aren't worried about the Luck scenario, they are simply trying to finish strong after a horrid start. Indy has one more game - a very winnable contest in Jacksonville.

"That's not for the players to worry about," Joseph Addai said. "We just keep playing ball."

And perhaps changing the direction the Colts were headed this off-season.

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