Final

Packers 31

(1-2, 1-1 away)

Colts 45

(2-1, 1-0 home)

4:15 PM ET, September 26, 2004

 

1 2 3 4 T
GB 14 3 7 731
IND 21 14 0 1045

Favre's 4 TDs second-best

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Peyton Manning and Brett Favre threw nine touchdown passes between them and weren't even the heroes.

Allen's Analysis

Eric Allen

Packers-Colts: How far can these teams go playing defense like this?

As we've seen in the past with teams with good offenses, but bad defenses ... not very far. The Colts are the best example in the NFL of a team having a great offense that's executing, but not having a good-enough defense to make it to the next level. Offensively, everything is clicking for the Colts. RB Edgerrin James is looking like the Edge of old. WR Reggie Wayne has finally emerged as a complementary receiver to Marvin Harrison, and QB Peyton Manning is clicking as always.

But the defense is playing like the Colts of last season. They can't stop anyone and are letting teams back into games. There's no way the Packers should've been in the game after the Colts' offensive display in the first half, but the Colts can't stop anyone. A major reason is because they aren't healthy, and the players they have aren't playing well. The Colts have to find a way to fix this defense to be a true Super Bowl contender.

Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders. He's a regular contributor to Insider.

That role went to Jason David, a rookie defensive back who stole the ball from one of Favre's receivers to clinch a 45-31 win for Manning and the Indianapolis Colts over Favre and the Green Bay Packers

The superstar quarterbacks certainly did their jobs.

Manning threw for 393 yards and five first-half touchdowns. Favre threw for 358 yards and four TDs and the Packers rallied from an 18-point halftime deficit to within a touchdown.

But the play of the game was made by David and Nick Harper. David, burned all game by Favre, stripped Javon Walker after he caught Favre's pass just across midfield and Harper returned it to the Green Bay 36.

That set up Edgerrin James' 1-yard touchdown run with 1:49 left.

"You like to see that from a young kid," Colts coach Tony Dungy said. "He had had a tough day. He got beaten on one coverage and kind of made a mistake on coverage on another assignment. But the thing you like about Jason is that he hangs in there and plays with a lot of enthusiasm."

The game started with five touchdown passes in the first 11 minutes, three by Manning and two by Favre, a pace that would have added up to 175 points between them if they had kept going. Indianapolis threw 22 passes and did not have a running play in the first quarter as Manning and Favre aired it out.

Both quarterbacks enjoyed watching the other work -- to a point.

"Because they were scoring too, we were right back on the field. That kind of kept us in our rhythm," Manning said. "If they had run off a 20-play drive they might have really taken us out of our rhythm, but it was like 'Score, get back on the field and score again.' "

Added Favre: "From their standpoint, I'm sure they thought they could score every time and so did we."

Asked what he thought about Manning, he joked: "You mean aside from throwing four touchdowns in the first quarter? I thought he was average. Nothing surprised me. I felt it would be that type of game, maybe a little more extreme than we thought."

The game inevitably slowed down. The Colts (2-1) gained just 96 yards total in the second and third quarters and scored just 10 points in the second half after leading 35-17 at intermission.

Green Bay (1-2) scored on its first possession of the second half, a 65-yard drive capped by Favre's 12-yard pass to Walker, who had the game of his life with 11 catches for 198 yards and three TDs.

Then the Packers forced Indianapolis to punt for the first time.

Mike Vanderjagt's 45-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter made it 38-24. But Robert Ferguson's 71-yard kickoff return set up Favre's fourth TD pass, a 27-yarder to Donald Driver and it was 38-31.

The Packers got the ball again and were moving when David and Harper made the big defensive play.

Favre and Manning, the NFL's most durable quarterbacks, had met just once, a 26-24 Packers win in Green Bay four seasons ago. This was Favre's 192nd consecutive start, most in NFL history, and the 99th straight for Manning, the second-longest current streak.

"We talked a lot before the game," Manning said. "I was out there early with my receivers and he was out with his."

They started out just as they were supposed to: Manning threw 36 yards to Reggie Wayne for a score, 28 yards to Marvin Harrison and 34 yards to Brandon Stokley.

In between, Favre threw 36- and 79-yard TD passes to Walker. Manning added a 27-yarder to Stokley and 1 -yard TD pass to James Mungro in the second quarter. That made him the first quarterback since Minnesota's Tommy Kramer in 1986 to throw five touchdown passes in a half.

Favre's first TD pass made it his 28th straight game with one, tying him for third-longest streak with Dave Krieg. He also became the third quarterback with 4,000 completions; only Dan Marino and John Elway have more.

Manning is on track to get there, too.

^NOTES: Favre had his 50th career game with three or more touchdown passes and 17th with four. ... Vanderjagt set a Colts record with his first field goal and now has 178. ... The combined 52 points in the first half were the third most in Packers history. ... Vanderjagt had to attempt the first extra point three times. He made the first, then missed after a personal foul penalty set the Colts back 15 yards. But the Packers were penalized for running into the kicker, and he made the third. ... Colts safety Idrees Bashir left the game in the third quarter with a groin injury and did not return. ... Packers LB Nick Rogers left with an ankle injury.

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Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERGBIND
gbTD6:52Touchdown
Drive info: 1 plays, 79 yds, 0:00
1314
gb6:52
Drive info: 1 plays, 79 yds, 0:00
1414
FOURTH QUARTERGBIND
gbTD13:23Touchdown
Drive info: 2 plays, 22 yds, 0:00
3038
FIRST QUARTERGBIND
indTD7:45Touchdown
Drive info: 4 plays, 58 yds, 0:46
713
FOURTH QUARTERGBIND
gb13:23
Drive info: 2 plays, 22 yds, 0:00
3138
FIRST QUARTERGBIND
indTD13:20Touchdown
Drive info: 5 plays, 66 yds, 1:35
06
ind7:45
Drive info: 4 plays, 58 yds, 0:46
714
ind13:20
Drive info: 5 plays, 66 yds, 1:35
07
gbTD9:32Touchdown
Drive info: 9 plays, 82 yds, 3:37
67
indTD4:16Touchdown
Drive info: 8 plays, 72 yds, 2:22
1420
SECOND QUARTERGBIND
gbFG9:44Ryan Longwell 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, 21 yds, 3:52
1728
indTD1:12Touchdown
Drive info: 5 plays, 66 yds, 2:12
1734
FIRST QUARTERGBIND
gb9:32
Drive info: 9 plays, 82 yds, 3:37
77
ind4:16
Drive info: 8 plays, 72 yds, 2:22
1421
SECOND QUARTERGBIND
ind1:12
Drive info: 5 plays, 66 yds, 2:12
1735
THIRD QUARTERGBIND
gbTD10:14Touchdown
Drive info: 11 plays, 65 yds, 4:40
2335
gb10:14
Drive info: 11 plays, 65 yds, 4:40
2435
FOURTH QUARTERGBIND
indFG14:00Mike Vanderjagt 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 52 yds, 5:06
2438
SECOND QUARTERGBIND
indTD13:53Touchdown
Drive info: 10 plays, 78 yds, 3:23
1427
FOURTH QUARTERGBIND
indTD1:55Edgerrin James, 1 yd run
Drive info: 9 plays, 36 yds, 4:37
3144
SECOND QUARTERGBIND
ind13:53
Drive info: 10 plays, 78 yds, 3:23
1428
FOURTH QUARTERGBIND
ind1:55
Drive info: 9 plays, 36 yds, 4:37
3145