It was just like told times for former Stanford teammates Andrew Luck and Coby Fleener, who played pitch and catch quite successfully for the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday in Week 13 of the NFL season.
Fleener had the first two-touchdown game of his career against ex-teammate Trent Murphy and the Washington Redskins, finishing with four receptions for 127 yards in the 49-27 victory. Luck connected with the tight end for scores of 30 and 73 yards to help Indianapolis remain two games up in the AFC South.
Luck threw five touchdowns, setting a career high, as he became the first player in the NFL to surpass 4,000 yards passing this season. He completed 19 of 27 passes for 370 yards in addition to running four times for another 20 yards. Meanwhile, Trent Murphy had three tackles for the Redskins.
One week after Murphy forced a fumble in his Bay Area homecoming against the 49ers, former Stanford defensive back Richard Sherman intercepted two passes at Levi's Stadium to lead the Seahawks past his former Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh, 19-3. It was a Cardinal reunion in Santa Clara for the Thursday night tilt as Seattle's Doug Baldwin caught two passes for 28 yards, Jonathan Martin started on the offensive line for San Francisco and Shayne Skov is on the 49ers' practice squad.
Elsewhere in Week 13, three ex-Stanford players reached the end zone.
Erik Lorig of the New Orleans Saints had one reception for four yards and a touchdown in a 35-32 win at Pittsburgh; Stepfan Taylor had one reception for three yards and a touchdown and one two-point conversion in Arizona's 29-18 loss at Atlanta; and Falcons tight end Levine Toilolo had four receptions for 15 yards and a touchdown.
Arizona defensive end Josh Mauro two tackles in the loss to Atlanta; Jim Dray had three catches for 45 yards in Cleveland's 26-10 loss at Buffalo while Johnson Bademosi saw action in the defensive backfield for the Browns and Sione Fua had a tackle for Cleveland.
David DeCastro started at right guard in Pittsburgh's 35-32 loss to New Orleans; Zach Ertz played in Philadelphia's 33-10 win at Dallas; Toby Gerhart had five carries for seven yards in Jacksonville's 25-24 win over the New York Giants; Ryan Hewitt had one reception for three yards in Cincinnati's 14-13 win at Tampa Bay; Denver running back Jeremy Stewart had one tackle on special teams in the Broncos' 29-16 win at Kansas City, and Will Svitek started at offensive left tackle in Tennessee's 45-21 loss at Houston.
Elsewhere on Sunday, Palo Alto High grad Davante Adams of the Green Bay Packers had his finest day as a pro as he caught a team-high six passes for 121 yards in a big 26-21 victory over New England.