INDIANAPOLIS - A type of indoor fall foliage consisted of a scattering of blue, hints of green, along with shades of pink and orange.
When it comes to the final two, they represent the backdrop of events as much top of mind as the result to be played out.
Orange ribbons and shirts appeared throughout the stands in honor of Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, who was diagnosed with Leukemia last week and will miss most of the season. His diagnosis came amidst the backdrop of the NFL's campaign to fight breast cancer, represented with a variety of pink field emblems and articles of clothing.
Emotions were expected to be high-and they peaked for the Colts in a stunning rally in tribute to their coach.
The Colts improve to 2-2 on the season and give Bruce Arians his first win as an NFL interim head coach. Following the game, owner Jim Irsay took the game ball to Pagano at the IU Simon Cancer Center not far from Lucas Oil Stadium.
Each team struggled out of the gate on offense but the contest broke on a decision made by the Colts on a Fourth-and-One in the first quarter. Near midfield interim coach Bruce Arians decided to go for it but the Colts were unable to convert and received a penalty as well which gave the ball at their own 44-yard line.
Green Bay converted it to points six plays later when John Kuhn punched it across the goalline for the two-yard score to make it 7-0.
Aaron Rogers began to show his arm on the following series as he led the Packers down the field 65 yards in eight plays, capped by a James Jones goaline-reaching touchdown reception to make it 14-0.
Indianapolis finally showed life in the middle of the second quarter when Reggie Wayne made a one-handed 30-yard catch inside the Packers' 10-yard line. The Colts were unable to reach the endzone, however, and had to settle for an Adam Vinatieri 24-yard field goal.
The visitors, however, were undeterred. Aided by a defensive pass interference call Green Bay drove quickly down the field and scored again when Rogers found Randall Cobb who raced away from the Colts defense for the 31-yard score to make it 21-3.
Jerraud Powers helped to turn the tide a bit at the start of the second half when he intercepted a Rogers pass in Packers territory. Luck helped to complete the drive with an eight-yard touchdown pass to Dwayne Allen to make it 21-10.
After another Vinatieri field goal the Colts got closer when Luck completed a 58-yard drive with a rushing touchdown. The two-point conversion try was no good and the Colts trailed 21-19. In the fourth quarter a 28-yard Vinatieri field goal put the Colts in the lead by one.
Green Bay would show their own resiliance when they took the lead back when Jones caught his second touchdown pass of the day to put the Packers in the lead by five after a missed two-point try.
Then Luck worked his last-minute magic again, engineering a 13-play, 80-yard drive to get the Colts in position to win. He would find Wayne near the goaline with 39 seconds left and a reach of the ball over white stripe by the receiver got the Colts the lead back. Donald Brown ran in the two-point conversion to make it 30-27.
Still the Packers weren't finished as they put together one final quick drive to put Crosby in position for a potential game-winning field goal. His kick, however, was well to the left as the Colts players stormed the field in after an emotional victory for their coach.