INDIANAPOLIS (WSAU-TSN) During a time of crisis for Chuck Pagano, the emotionally-jarred Indianapolis Colts gave him a reason to smile.
Reggie Wayne caught 13 passes for a career-high 212 yards, which included the go-ahead touchdown with 35 seconds remaining, and the Colts downed the Green Bay Packers, 30-27, on Sunday. The Packers failed to hold a 21-3 halftime lead.
Mason Crosby's potentially game-tying 51-yard field goal with eight seconds remaining hooked wide left.
The Colts disclosed head coach Pagano's diagnosis of leukemia on Monday and the first-year head man is expected to be hospitalized six to eight weeks while undergoing treatment.
Pagano, who turned 52 on Tuesday, will be treated with chemotherapy and drugs, according to his physician Dr. Larry Cripe. Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2007, will coach Indianapolis for the foreseeable future, although Pagano most likely won't resume his coaching duties this season.
Andrew Luck threw for 362 yards on 31-of-55 efficiency with two touchdowns and an interception for Indianapolis (2-2), which trailed 21-3 at the half, but outscored the heavily-favored Packers 27-6 over the final 30 minutes.
The Packers were hurt by injuries, losing running back Cedric Benson in the first half and tight end Jermichael Finley in the second half. Nose tackle BJ Raji was also hurt. The severity of those injuries is not known.
Aaron Rodgers completed 21-of-33 passes for 243 yards with three scores and an interception for the Packers (2-3), who defeated the New Orleans Saints last Sunday. The Packers play the Texas in Houston next weekend on Sunday Night Football.