Final

Colts 40

(8-0, 5-0 away)

Patriots 21

(4-4, 2-2 home)

9:00 PM ET, November 7, 2005

 

1 2 3 4 T
IND 7 14 10 940
NE 7 0 7 721

Top Performers

Passing: P. Manning (IND) - 321 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: E. James (IND) - 34 CAR, 104 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: M. Harrison (IND) - 9 REC, 128 YDS, 2 TD

Manning throws 3 TDs, spreads wealth for Colts

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- Last week, Peyton Manning played "The King." On Monday night, he played like the King of the NFL, leading the Indianapolis Colts over their personal Everest.

Maybe now, after routing the New England Patriots 40-21 on Monday night, they'll admit this could be a super season.

Manning shrugged off his 0-7 record at Foxborough with an intelligent dissection of the two-time defending champions. Aided by star running back Edgerrin James' 104 yards on 34 carries, and 100-yard receiving games from Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne, Manning kept the Colts perfect through eight games, the NFL's only undefeated team.

Instead of concentrating on this game the way much of the nation was, Manning spent his bye week watching brother Eli quarterback the Giants against Washington, then attending a Halloween party thrown by Eli. Peyton's getup: Elvis.

"Nobody recognized it was me, either," he said with a hardy laugh -- perhaps the first time he's ever smiled after a game in Massachusetts. "I guess my secret is out."

Whatever secret formula the Patriots held against Indianapolis wasn't evident this time. Manning believed jumping in front was crucial.

"We wanted to execute and get a lead on this team. We haven't had a lead on this team in a long time," Manning said. "The idea is to try to dictate to the defense."

While the Patriots have struggled mightily with injuries, an undependable running game and a leaky defense, their hex over the Colts was the major theme. But the Patriots (4-4) were the inferior team Monday.

"We got our butts kicked tonight," Brady said in a short statement before hustling out of a news conference.

New England still leads the AFC East, which doesn't put them within shouting distance of the Colts, who looked mature, savvy and resourceful, all elements they have lacked against the Pats in recent years.

The last time Indianapolis was here, in January, it managed all of three points in a divisional playoff game. This time, the Colts' vastly upgraded defense hit harder and forced the pace, while the offense was versatile and unflappable.

"I think we are more of a team and kind of feed off each other," Manning said. "It's definitely the best camaraderie we've had since I've been here eight years."

Manning was 28-of-37 for 321 yards and three touchdowns. He guided the Colts, who are 5-0 on the road, to scores on seven of eight possessions. Indy didn't punt until the final 2 minutes and scored its most points ever against the Patriots.

The Colts, who have downplayed their great start this season, were so skillful this night they even forced Bill Belichick into some desperate measures. After Daniel Graham turned a tight end screen into a 31-yard touchdown midway in the third quarter, New England's coach ordered an onside kick. It was recovered by the Colts' Joseph Jefferson, who advanced it to the Patriots 22.

Indianapolis managed only Mike Vanderjagt's 35-yard field goal, and Belichick remained emboldened. The Patriots went for a fourth-and-4 at the Indy 43, but Brady threw too low for David Givens.

"It's pitiful. It's embarrassing," linebacker Rosevelt Colvin said. "We've got to get it right and we've got to get it right fast.

"They showed why they're pretty much the best team in the league."

Vanderjagt added a 20-yard field goal before Manning capped it with an on-the-run throw that descended directly into Harrison's hands in the end zone despite tight coverage by Asante Samuel.

Harrison had nine catches for 128 yards and Wayne had nine for 124. The Colts held the ball for 36:41.

The offensive showcase began immediately when Manning hit Harrison for 48 yards, then threw him a fade pass in the right corner of the end zone over Samuel for a 1-yard touchdown.

"That play to Marvin was really big," Manning said.

New England tied it on a 16-yard TD catch by Super Bowl MVP Deion branch, but James' 2-yard run made it 14-7.

Nearing the end of the half, New England unnerved Manning for perhaps the only time with a blitz. Manning unwisely threw off his back foot to avoid a sack and Mike Vrabel picked it off at the Patriots 47.

New England returned the favor, however, after reaching the Indy 17. Bob Sanders knocked the ball out of Corey Dillon's hands directly to Jason David.

Using the hurry-up offense to perfection, Manning took up nearly all the remaining 2:07 on a nine-play, 73-yard drive. He capped it by hitting Wayne with a precise pass into the left corner of the end zone for a 10-yard TD just 9 seconds before halftime, making it 21-7.

After New England held the ball a mere 29 seconds after the second-half kickoff, Manning engineered an 11-play, 60-yard series highlighted by the two-time MVP's 18-yard scramble on third-and-5. Dominic Rhodes ran in from the 4.

Not even the second game for Tedy Bruschi, New England's Pro Bowl linebacker returning from a mild stroke, could help the Patriots this night. Not against a Colts team that no longer can play it low-key.

Game notes


The win made Colts coach Tony Dungy 51-0 when his team has led by at least 14 points. ... Brady lost to the Colts for the first time in seven meetings. He finished 22-of-33 for 265 yards.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
IND
NE
1st Downs2817
Passing 1st downs
1714
Rushing 1st downs
103
1st downs from penalties
10
3rd down efficiency
12-174-11
4th down efficiency
1-12-3
Total Plays7556
Total Yards453288
Yards per play6.05.1
Total Drives1110
Passing321254
Comp-Att
28-3725-40
Yards per pass
8.76.0
Interceptions thrown
10
Sacks-Yards Lost
0-02-31
Rushing13234
Rushing Attempts
3814
Yards per rush
3.52.4
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-70-3
Penalties7-324-24
Turnovers12
Fumbles lost
02
Interceptions thrown
10
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession36:4123:19

Passing Leaders

INDC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Manning28/373218.7310-0
NEC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Brady22/332658.0301-18
Flutie3/7202.9001-13

Rushing Leaders

INDCARYDSAVGTDLG
James341043.119
Manning3248.0012
NECARYDSAVGTDLG
Dillon12403.3013
Brady1-1-1.00-1

Receiving Leaders

INDRECYDSAVGTDLG
Harrison912814.2248
Wayne912413.8129
NERECYDSAVGTDLG
Givens46416.0035
Branch55811.6117

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERINDNE
indTD12:33Marvin Harrison, 1 yd pass from Peyton Manning (Mike Vanderjagt kick is good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 54 yds, 2:21
70
neTD5:57Deion Branch, 16 yd pass from Tom Brady (Adam Vinatieri kick is good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 69 yds, 6:28
77
SECOND QUARTERINDNE
indTD11:54Edgerrin James, 2 yd run (Mike Vanderjagt kick is good)
Drive info: 18 plays, 68 yds, 6:07
147
indTD0:14Reggie Wayne, 10 yd pass from Peyton Manning (Mike Vanderjagt kick is good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 73 yds, 1:53
217
THIRD QUARTERINDNE
indTD8:41Dominic Rhodes, 4 yd run (Mike Vanderjagt kick is good)
Drive info: 13 plays, 60 yds, 5:50
287
neTD5:56Daniel Graham, 31 yd pass from Tom Brady (Adam Vinatieri kick is good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 73 yds, 2:36
2814
indFG4:49Mike Vanderjagt 27 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 4 plays, 5 yds, 0:55
3114
FOURTH QUARTERINDNE
indFG14:02Mike Vanderjagt 12 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 54 yds, 11:27
3414
neTD10:22Troy Brown, 19 yd pass from Tom Brady (Adam Vinatieri kick is good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 69 yds, 3:32
3421
indTD6:00Marvin Harrison, 30 yd pass from Peyton Manning
Drive info: 8 plays, 74 yds, 4:10
4021