Colts rally for emotional win: Head coach Pagano receives game ball in hospital


Indianapolis Colts coach Brice Arians talks with officials Walt Anderson and Byron Boston after contesting a Green Bay Packers touchdown during a game Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. STAFF PHOTO BY SCOTT ROBERSON/

Indianapolis Colts corner back Josh Gordy unsuccessfully tries to keep Packers wide receiver James Jones out of the end zone during the first half Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. STAFF PHOTO BY SCOTT ROBERSON/


Usually swathed in blue during Indianapolis Colts’ home games, the interior of Lucas Oil Stadium proved to be a hodgepodge of bright colors and causes on Sunday.

Pink shirts, ribbons, banners, hats, flags and, in the case of many of the players, shoes played a major role in the overall color scheme as the National Football League demonstrates its ongoing support for breast cancer awareness.

Signs supporting Colts coach Chuck Pagano, each adorned with the orange ribbon symbolic of the fight against leukemia, could also be seen.

Then there’s the matter of Green Bay, a franchise with arguably the league’s most devoted fan base, being in the house. Thus, the

 stadium rainbow radiated a great amount of dark green and gold with plenty of foam cheese wedges doubling as headwear.

Through it all, a football game had to be played. The first of what promise to be many for Indianapolis without their head coach with Pagano in the early stages of his fight against acute myeloid leukemia.

What transpired was one of the most memorable performances in recent history, the Colts rallying from an 18-point halftime deficit to defeat the Packers, 30-27.

Team owner Jim Irsay is expected to deliver Sunday’s game ball to Pagano sometime Sunday night. There are 53 players and an entire coaching staff who would love to be present if only Pagano’s hospital room accommodated such a throng.

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