DETROIT -- Rookie Andrew Luck threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Donnie Avery as the game clock expired, giving the Indianapolis Colts a miraculous 35-33 victory over the Detroit Lions at Ford Field Sunday.
Luck found Avery open at the 8-yard line on the 4th-and-10 play. Avery scampered into the end zone to complete an 11-play, 75-yard drive and a surprising comeback.
Luck won a shootout with Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, passing for 391 yards and four touchdowns, though he was also picked off three times. Avery caught two touchdowns for the Colts (8-4), who have won six of their last seven.
Stafford passed for 313 yards and two touchdowns but Detroit (4-8) has lost four straight. Calvin Johnson caught 13 passes for 171 yards, including a 46-yard touchdown reception late in the third quarter.
Detroit led by nine at halftime but Vick Ballard's 11-yard scoring run pulled the Colts within 23-21 early in the third. The Lions reestablished the nine-point lead with two seconds remaining in the quarter. Stafford scrambled to his right and found Johnson, who beat the one-on-one coverage of Vontae Davis and made a diving catch at the goal line.
Joique Bell's 67-yard run set up Jason Hanson's fourth field goal, a 31-yarder that gave the Lions a 33-21 lead with 8:41 remaining. Luck closed the gap to 33-28 with 2:39 remaining by connecting with LaVon Brazill on a 42-yard scoring play. The Lions were unable to run out the clock on their final possession, setting up Luck's heroics.
Hanson made three first-half field goals, giving the Lions a 23-14 halftime advantage. He connected from 33 and 52 yards in the second quarter after Luck's second scoring pass, a 26-yarder to tight end Coby Fleener.
Hanson also started the scoring with a 48-yard field goal. Donnie Avery's 17-yard touchdown catch put the Colts in front but Stafford answered before the end of the first quarter with a 16-yard scoring pass to tight end Brandon Pettigrew.
Mikel Leshoure's 6-yard touchdown run lifted Detroit to a 17-7 lead.
NOTES: Johnson tied an NFL record with 125 or more receiving yards for the fifth straight game. Ex-Lion Pat Studstill set the record in 1966. ... Fleener's scoring reception was the first of his career. ... Hanson has made 52 field goals of 50 yards or more, the most in NFL history. ... Stafford reached 1,000 completions for his career, the third Detroit quarterback to reach that mark. ... Lions left tackle Jeff Backus returned to the starting lineup after missing the Thanksgiving Day loss to Houston with a hamstring injury. Backus made a franchise-record 186 consecutive starts prior to the one-game absence. ... Wide receiver Titus Young, criticized by management and teammates for his poor attitude, was deactivated for the second straight game while rookie wideout Ryan Broyles injured his knee in the opening quarter and did not return. Colts starting safety Tom Zbikowski was sidelined by a knee injury while offensive linemen Joe Reitz and Winston Justice suffered concussions during the game.