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INDIANAPOLIS -- All week, Andrew Luck downplayed the significance of the Super Bowl reunion. Otis Sistrunk Jersey .While acknowledging it was a nice way for fans and former players to celebrate the good, old days, the Colts quarterback insisted it was never a big topic inside the locker room. After Sundays 24-17 victory over Tennessee, Luck confessed it may have helped the Colts get jump-started.You never want to go out and embarrass yourself in front of one of the all-time great Colts teams, so maybe there was a little edge from that matter, Luck said.Turns out, this homecoming weekend may have been the perfect remedy for the Colts after a disjointed first half of the season.The reunion just happened to fall against an opponent Indy has now beaten 11 consecutive times and that has never won at Lucas Oil Stadium since it opened in 2008.The Colts (5-5) pulled out all the tricks -- running three plays out of the wildcat formation in the first two series, including one that looked like some version of an end-around. Luck wound up throwing to an uncovered Frank Gore for 49 yards.And with so many fan favorites back to retell stories, mingle with fans and sign autographs, there was a decidedly festive atmosphere throughout the first half -- almost like the game was the warmup act. During the halftime ceremony Reggie Wayne even jogged to the corner of the end zone where he did his pregame dance, went through the motions once more before bouncing across the end zone and into the interview room.Indy rose to the occasion against the Titans (5-6) and even impressed the former stars .Well, they are doing all right, so we dont need to do much, Wayne said shortly after halftime. But if they need me...Those two quarters were easily the most impressive of Indys entire season.Luck led the Colts to touchdowns on each of their first three drives and got them into scoring position on the fourth drive, too. But Adam Vinatieris streak of 44 consecutive field goals ended with a rare miss from 42 yards.Vinatieri and Robert Mathis, who had one sack, are the only Colts from the 2006 championship team still on Indys roster.I never thought when I first started that Id play 21 years-plus or whatever, said the 43-year-old Vinatieri, who atoned later by making a 49-yard field goal for the final points of the game. Im just very blessed and very happy that Im still out here doing it.Especially when hes playing on a team ready to fight its way back into playoff contention, even if everyone else wants to write off Indy.But as Vinatieri and Mathis recall, thats exactly what was being said about the Super Bowl champs 10 years ago.These guys are here to remind the (2016) team that youve got to believe, team owner Jim Irsay told the crowd, because you never know when the miracle will happen.---For more NFL coverage: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL Clelin Ferrell Raiders Jersey . Laudrup revealed Thursday he was notified of his dismissal in "the briefest of letters which gave no reasons why such hasty and final action was deemed necessary. Jim Otto Jersey . The deal is pending a physical, assistant general manager Bobby Evans said. Traded from Seattle to Baltimore on Aug. 30, Morse also can play first base and right field to give manager Bruce Bochy some flexibility in writing his lineup. https:///...ado-Inverted-Jersey/ .Y. -- Marcell Dareus and the Buffalo Bills defence made life miserable for Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco. EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Its not surprising Victor Cruz has been experiencing a wide range of emotions heading into the New York Giants season opener against the Dallas Cowboys.The start of every NFL season gets the juices flowing. Players wonder how they are going to do, whether the team is going to be any good, and how far they can get in a run to the Super Bowl.This isnt just any season for the 29-year-old Cruz. Its somewhat a professional rebirth for the wide receiver who was once one of the leagues most productive players.When Cruz plays against the Cowboys on Sunday, it will be his first regular-season game since injuring a knee on Oct. 12, 2014 against Philadelphia. He missed the rest of that season and sat out last year with a calf injury.Many wondered whether he would ever get back after missing the first two preseason games this year with a groin injury. Cruz never lost faith. He played in the final two preseason games and had one catch for 4 yards.It convinced the coaching staff and management that there is something left in the tank for the former free agent who had 241 catches for 3,626 yards and 23 touchdowns combined in 2011, 12 and 13.There are definitely some jitters, Cruz said. I get butterflies before every game until that ball is kicked off, but this one might have some extra butterflies. Just being able to run out there with my team again, being able to line up across from an opposing team in a Week 1 scenario playing football again. I think I am excited, I am anxious, emotions will be everywhere, so I am just excited for the opportunity to run out there and see what happens.Cruz is listed in the starting lineup and believes he can play the whole game.We will see how it goes, we will see how my body feels going into that third and fourth quarter, and we will take it from there, said Cruz, who will be accompanying the team on a road trip for the first time since his injury.Coach Ben McAdoo said Cruz would not be on a play count.Theres no dipping your toe in the water now, McAdoo said Friday. Were going down there to win a ballgame.. Marcus Allen Jersey. ven if Cruz cant play the whole game, having him out there is going to be a lift for the Giants.Fellow receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is excited get a chance to play with Cruz for the first time, noting that the Paterson, New Jersey resident was one of the receivers he watched while at LSU.Beckham thinks Cruz has the potential to make some big plays again.I guess well see Sunday, said Beckham, who has become the Giants top receiver in Cruzs absence. (He) knocked the rust off, got some preseason games. Hes feeling good. Mentally, when youre in a good state, the rest will control itself. Just staying as positive as possible. I know hes more than excited. Anxious, nervous, all of those feelings. Im sure after the first tackle, youll see 80 again.Quarterback Eli Manning is just happy to have Cruz back after all he has gone through.Just as a friend, as a teammate, excited to have him back in the lineup, and I know hell be able to make some plays for us, Manning said.Offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan said Cruz has flashed his talent in practice, working at both the slot and outside receiver positions.While he did little in the preseason, Cruz cant hide his anticipation about playing this weekend.I think that being gone for roughly two years is just an emotional time for me when I go out there, an exhilarating time, an exciting time, but a time where I just have to look back and put this all into perspective from where I came from. And to be here again is just a blessing, he said.Game notes Giants players elected Manning, LS Zak DeOssie and LB Jonathan Casillas as their captains for the season. The team also has game captains, and RB Rashad Jennings, DE Jason Pierre-Paul and LB Mark Herzlich will serve as
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