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INDIANAPOLIS – Andrew Luck knew his career numbers against the Patriots weren’t pretty going into Foxborough on Thursday night.

In Luck’s career, prior to Thursday night’s meeting with the Patriots, facing Bill Belichick had been anything but pleasant.

Luck’s five career games against the Patriots looked like this:

112-of-213 (52.6 percent), 1,406 yards, 9 touchdowns, 10 interceptions and a quarterback rating of 67.9.

Given the state of the offense available to Luck on Thursday night, no one could have honestly expected for No. 12 to improve those numbers much.

But Luck, despite being down his top playmaker at wide receiver, tight end and running back, plus his top three offensive tackles, put together his best performance against Belichick and the Patriots.

Luck was 38-of-59 for 365 yards, 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. He battled drops once again from an unproven skill group, including one that led to a fourth quarter interception.

“He really, really played good football,” a proud Frank Reich said of his quarterback after the 38-24 loss to the Patriots.

“He threw the ball great, every kind of throw you could throw.”

Even Luck acknowledged the variety of throws he made on Thursday.

The precision passing and ball placement that had impressed so many during Training Camp was on full display for the entire nation against the Patriots.

Noticeable zip was there as well for Luck.

And any questions about Luck’s shoulder and hesitancy from Frank Reich play-calling wise, should be flushed down the toilet.

On Thursday, Luck tossed the ball 58 times, the second most of his career. That came after he threw it a career-high 62 times on Sunday. That’s 121 pass attempts in consecutive games, the second most in NFL history.

Against the Texans and Patriots, Luck threw for 829 yards, 7 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.

And T.Y. Hilton played in about 2 of those 8 quarters, with Jack Doyle, Anthony Castonzo and Marlon Mack not playing a single snap.

Despite no practice on a short week, Luck gave the Colts a chance in a game they had no business challenging the Patriots into the fourth quarter.

“On a large percentage of those throws, the ball was going where I wanted it to go and all over the field,” Luck said after his 28th straight game with a touchdown pass, the longest active streak in the NFL.

“I honestly feel like I’ve gotten so much better every game. I really do. Maybe it shows to the naked eye a little better the past few games. At the same time, I know I have so much more to improve upon.”

And the Colts might have to tap into an even better Luck if they want to find consistent winning football in the season’s final three months.

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