The Indianapolis Colts might have been dreading this trip to face off against the defending NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers, but now they’re excited. They replaced injured running back Vick Ballard with Cleveland Browns running back, and number 3 overall 2012 draft pick, Trent Richardson in a stunning trade.
The game is a reunion of sorts for 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh and Colts quarterback Andrew Luck who teamed up at Stanford and led their squad to an Orange Bowl victory.
“He’s a terrific player,” said Harbaugh, via ESPN. “There’s not a lot of weaknesses that he has. We’re going to have to be very sound. He’s a top-notch quarterback in the NFL.”
Luck understands the role Harbaugh played in his career.
“I definitely feel he helped me get to where I am,” Luck said on a media conference call Wednesday. “He obviously helped turn Stanford around, his efforts more than anybody. Some of my success was being able to play at a well-coached, well-run program.”
I imagine their post game meeting will go better than Harbaugh’s with Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, who also played at Stanford under Harbaugh.