NEXT OP­PO­NENT: WASH­ING­TON

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Landover, Md. – An­drew Luck could re­call a crit­i­cal er­ror the In­di­anapo­lis Colts made on al­most ev­ery pos­ses­sion, some he made.

When it mat­tered most, he was al­most per­fect. Luck shook off two in­ter­cep­tions and capped a me­thod­i­cal drive with his sec­ond touch­down of the game to help the Colts beat the Wash­ing­ton Red­skins, 21-9, Sun­day and pick up their first vic­tory of the sea­son.

Luck was 21 of 31 for 179 yards and had a TD pass in a 25th con­sec­u­tive game, the long­est ac­tive streak in the NFL. He was 7 of 8 for 62 yards on a 13play, 75-yard drive that cul­mi­nated in a Luck-to-T.Y. Hil­ton score that put In­di­anapo­lis (1-1) up 21-9 early in the fourth quar­ter.

“When we needed to, we put a drive to­gether and got points,” Luck said. “On the longer drive where we ended up with a touch­down, ev­ery­body, we all just did our jobs and we did them well.”

After putting up a Week 1-best 182 rush­ing yards, the Red­skins (1-1) put up just 65 yards on 22 car­ries. Adrian Peter­son was lim­ited to 20 yards on 11 car­ries, and re­ceiver Jami­son Crow­der was ac­tu­ally Wash­ing­ton’s lead­ing rusher with 29 yards on two sweep plays.

Dropped balls and shoddy of­fen­sive line play ham­pered QB Alex Smith on a day he was 33 of 46 for 292 yards.

“Our run­ning game suf­fered and we were pretty much one-di­men­sional,” coach Jay Gru­den said. “We didn’t have a very good run plan. … Didn’t give (Peter­son) any good looks.

Empty seats: Good seats in the sec­ond deck were still avail­able well into the sec­ond half in what looked like the first non-sell­out of a Red­skins home game since 1967. Fans who did make the trip booed the Red­skins at the two-minute warn­ing in the sec­ond quar­ter and off the field at half­time.

“If you don’t give them any­thing to cheer about, they’re prob­a­bly go­ing to boo,” said left tackle Trent Wil­liams, who was twice flagged for false starts.

The paid at­ten­dance was listed as 57,013.

In­juries: Red­skins: RG Bran­don Scherff was eval­u­ated for a right knee in­jury and re­turned. … Wil­liams went down with a knee in­jury and said he still has com­pli­ca­tions from off­sea­son surgery. He re­turned to the game. … WR Mau­rice Har­ris was in­ac­tive for a sec­ond straight week with a con­cus­sion. Colts: DL Has­san Ridge­way left in the sec­ond quar­ter with a calf in­jury. … CB

Quincy Wil­son was eval­u­ated for a con­cus­sion and did not re­turn. … LT An­thony Cas­tonzo was out again with a ham­string in­jury.

Leonard time: Colts rookie line­backer Dar­ius Leonard was a dis­rup­tive force in run and pass de­fense. The sec­on­dround pick had a game-high 18 tack­les, sacked Luck and forced Jor­dan Reed to fum­ble in the fourth quar­ter, the play that sent fans to the ex­its.

“He’s been do­ing that all camp,” de­fen­sive line­man Al Woods said. “It was a mat­ter of time be­fore he brought it out. Ku­dos to him: He brought it out at the right time and we love him for that.”

Quotable: Re­ich on blown leads: “There’s prob­a­bly a mo­ment in there where some peo­ple are say­ing, ‘Oh here we go again’ when the third quar­ter starts. That thought prob­a­bly went through ev­ery­body’s mind. That’s fair. That’s fair un­til we prove oth­er­wise.”

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Wash­ing­ton Red­skins de­fen­sive tackle Matthew Loan­ni­dis sacks An­drew Luck in the first half, but Luck led a game-clinch­ing drive later.

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