4:15 PM ET, October 22, 2006
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Peyton Manning got up, cleaned his dirty face and responded like a prizefighter.After being bent over awkwardly twice in the first half, losing his helmet and once appearing hurt, the two-time MVP knocked out the Washington Redskins with three third-quarter touchdown passes Sunday as the Indianapolis Colts rolled to a 36-22 victory.
|Scouts Inc.'s take ...|
This game ended like a lot of people thought it would -- with a Colts win -- but at halftime the Redskins were leading 14-13 and there was a smell of an upset in the air. The Redskins offense was able to move the ball on the Colts defense with a balanced attack that saw Mark Brunell throw a 13-yard touchdown pass to TE Chris Cooley to tie the game 7-7.
The Redskins defense, playing a lot of two-deep zone coverage to protect their corners, held Peyton Manning (above) and the Colts offense to field goals in the red zone in the first half after an opening-drive TD. But Manning came back in the second half and went to work on Redskins corners Kenny Wright and Shawn Springs while going 10-for-12 for 165 yards and three touchdowns, with most of the plays coming in the third quarter.
Manning passed Jim Hart for 14th on the career yardage list. Manning has 34,809 career yards; Hart had 34,665. ... Harrison passed Irving Fryar for eighth on the career yardage chart. Harrison has 12,846 yards; Fryar had 12,785. ... Santana Moss left the game with what Gibbs described as a hamstring injury. ... Colts safety Mike Doss sprained a knee and will need an MRI exam. ... Brunell was 27-of-37 for 226 yards and two TDs.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.2||7.5|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||8:01||Dallas Clark 1 Yd Pass From Peyton Manning (Adam Vinatieri Kick) |
Drive: 11 plays, 92 yds, 5:56
|TD||1:41||Chris Cooley 13 Yd Pass From Mark Brunell (Nick Novak Kick) |
Drive: 7 plays, 45 yds, 2:35
|FG||6:19||Adam Vinatieri 30 Yd |
Drive: 10 plays, 61 yds, 4:31
|TD||12:36||Antwaan Randle El 87 Yd Punt Return (Nick Novak Kick)||14||10|
|FG||14:52||Adam Vinatieri 19 Yd |
Drive: 10 plays, 52 yds, 2:16
|TD||2:01||Marvin Harrison 4 Yd Pass From Peyton Manning (Adam Vinatieri Kick) |
Drive: 4 plays, 55 yds, 2:01
|TD||6:49||Reggie Wayne 49 Yd Pass From Peyton Manning (Adam Vinatieri Kick) |
Drive: 4 plays, 81 yds, 2:02
|TD||12:14||Marvin Harrison 1 Yd Pass From Peyton Manning (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed) |
Drive: 7 plays, 66 yds, 3:11
|FG||10:19||Adam Vinatieri 47 Yd |
Drive: 10 plays, 46 yds, 5:30
|TD||14:38||James Thrash 5 Yd Pass From Mark Brunell (Mark Brunell Pass To Chris Cooley For Two-Point Conversion) |
Drive: 14 plays, 70 yds, 4:23