"I just told somebody that if we were flying a jet, we wouldn't have got to him (Luck)," defensive tackle Kevin Williams said. "He was throwing the ball quick. I don't know what we could have done different."
The victory came in Luck's home debut, something even Peyton Manning couldn't achieve.
A year ago, without Manning or Luck , the Colts started 0-13 and the older guys had to deal with all kinds of speculation about a winless season.
The No. 1 draft pick made sure it didn't happen again. Indy's new quarterback finished 20 of 31 for 224 yards on a solid, not spectacular day.
He played the entire second half without three starters on the offensive line, yet managed to move the Colts into field-goal position twice and actually did his most impressive work eluding pass rushers and throwing on the run.
"It's just amazing that the guy's able to go out there and do the things he does as a rookie," Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. "He certainly had to put the ball on them, and he did."
Sure, Luck made a few miscues — such as taking a 17-yard sack on third-and-5 with 3:00 to play. Or spiking the ball when the clock was already stopped just before Vinatieri came onto the field for his field goal.
But he didn't let the miscues bother him.
"I guess some people were under the impression that the clock was going to run, so I guess we looked a little foolish killing the clock when it was already stopped ," Luck said, laughing as he explained why he spiked the ball with 12 seconds to play. "Oh well."
After settling for two field goals in the first 54 minutes, quarterback Christian Ponder rallied the Vikings late and got the big break he needed when defensive end Cory Redding batted his fourth down pass up into the air.