Colts retain share of South lead with Jags

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Texans quarterback David Carr quickly summed
up his team's 49-14 loss Sunday to the Indianapolis Colts:

"We just didn't come out and do anything," he said. "We're
going to have to be resilient, try to fix whatever was broke today
because it was a rough one."

Colts quarterback Peyton Manning shredded sloppy Houston for 320
yards and five more touchdowns, and the Colts scored twice on
defense to rout the Texans.

"For us, just the total points is what I'm happy about,"
Manning said. "It's not something we're being conscious of as far
as throwing touchdowns."

It was another efficient performance for the league's defending

Manning was 18-of-27 and threw five TDs for the third time this
year to tie an NFL record. He now has 31 TD passes, two more than
he had all last year, and remains on pace to shatter Dan Marino's
record of 48 set in 1984.

Houston (4-5) is now 0-5 all-time against the Colts after
matching the worst loss in franchise history. The Texans lost 38-3
to Cincinnati in their inaugural season of 2002.

Indianapolis (6-3) won its second straight and retained its
share of the AFC South lead with Jacksonville.

Houston couldn't block, run, tackle, cover or even down a punt.
Indianapolis, meanwhile, took advantage of almost every chance it

"It snowballed on us quickly," Texans linebacker Kailee Wong

Manning, the only player in NFL history to throw five TDs four
times in a 12-month span, engineered three touchdown drives that
used a total of 2:06. After three quarters, Manning had just one
more incompletion (six) than he did touchdown passes, and he
surpassed his last year's TD total of 29.

"You kind of come to expect it," coach Tony Dungy said of his
quarterback. "I think they're a good defensive team, but we had
some guys make big plays."

Defensively, the Colts' maligned unit looked like a Pro Bowl
team. Robert Mathis had three sacks and forced three fumbles. The
Colts also returned a fumble and an interception for touchdowns.

During the first play, Carr was hit by Dwight Freeney just as he
threw. Things deteriorated quickly.

On Houston's second series, Carr was sacked on back-to-back
plays by Mathis, who swatted the ball out of Carr's hand.

With Indianapolis already leading 7-0, Houston allowed two
third-down conversions, used all three timeouts -- two on challenges
that were upheld -- and was drawn offside twice. The result: A
5-yard touchdown pass from Manning to Reggie Wayne for a 14-0 lead.

Things got worse.

A second-quarter punt by Houston's Chad Stanley bounced the
wrong way and bounded over the head of would-be defenders.
Indianapolis wide receiver Aaron Moorehead, who was blocking,
alertly grabbed the ball and ran it back 34 yards to the Houston
29. Manning needed just two plays to hook up with Dallas Clark for
a 1-yard TD pass and a 21-0 lead.

The mistakes didn't end.

Less than 2 minutes into the second half, Houston had allowed
two more long touchdowns.

Manning hooked up with Brandon Stokley on a 14-yard completion,
but Stokley turned outside, avoided four defenders and outran
another on his way to a 69-yard TD.

Then Carr was again stripped by Mathis. Rookie safety Bob
Sanders scooped it up and returned it 37 yards for a touchdown.

Houston finally scored on a 1-yard TD run by Domanick Davis late
in the third quarter, but when the Texans blew coverage again,
Manning hooked up with Clark on an 80-yard pass to make it 42-7.

Carr finished 22 of 41 for 215 yards with three interceptions,
and Davis carried 31 times for 98 yards and two TDs.

Stokley led the Colts with five receptions for 132 yards, while
Clark caught three passes for 102 yards and Edgerrin James carried
20 times for 86 yards.

"We knew coming in that we were going to have to execute to
come into their stadium and compete with them," Texas coach Dom
Capers said. "We didn't."

Notes:@ Brandon Stokley had five receptions for 132 yards, while
Clark caught three passes for 102 yards and Edgerrin James carried
20 times for 86 yards. ... Indianapolis is 82-81 at the RCA Dome,
the first time since moving to Indianapolis in 1984 the home record
has topped .500. ... Carr's quarterback rating of 38.2 was his
lowest of the season and his worst since Nov. 30, 2003, when he had
a 16.7 rating at Atlanta. ... Houston backup cornerback Jason Bell
broke his right arm during the game.


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