4:15 PM ET, October 29, 2006
Invesco Field, Denver, CO
DENVER (AP) -- Maddeningly meticulous and impeccably precise, this was Peyton Manning at his cruel best.Skewering a Denver defense that was designed specifically to stop him, Manning led the Indianapolis Colts over, around and through the Broncos on Sunday, throwing for 345 yards and three touchdowns to Reggie Wayne for a message-sending 34-31 victory.
|Scouts Inc.'s take ...|
In a classic showdown between the NFL's best defense against the best offense, it was a field goal in the last seconds that gave the Indianapolis Colts the victory. The Broncos held the potent Indy offense to six points in the first half. But that wouldn't last. Peyton Manning picked apart the Denver secondary with surgeon-like precision, hitting Reggie Wayne (right) for three touchdowns in the second half. Looking for Wayne more than normal, due to the tight coverage on Marvin Harrison by Champ Bailey, Manning connected on 10 passes for 138 yards with his second-favorite target.
Denver kept the game close and had a chance to win thanks to a strong running game, especially up the middle. With the Colts' defensive linemen taking outside lanes to try to pressure Jake Plummer, Denver was able to find wide-open run lanes between the tackles.
The Indianapolis Colts became only the second team in NFL history to start 7-0 in back-to-back seasons after defeating the Denver Broncos 34-31 on Sunday.
|Green Bay Packers||1929-31|
Joseph Addai ran for 93 yards for Indy, and Dallas Clark, the tight end who has long been tough for Denver to cover, finished with six catches for 68 yards. ... Rod Smith moved past Hall of Famer Steve Largent into 12th place on the all-time receptions list with 821.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||7.3||6.8|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|FG||13:15||Adam Vinatieri 42 Yd |
Drive: 14 plays, 56 yds, 8:08
|TD||3:44||Jake Plummer 1 Yd Run (Jason Elam Kick) |
Drive: 9 plays, 80 yds, 5:29
|FG||9:50||Adam Vinatieri 30 Yd |
Drive: 11 plays, 60 yds, 6:06
|TD||14:38||Javon Walker 15 Yd Pass From Jake Plummer (Jason Elam Kick) |
Drive: 11 plays, 80 yds, 4:48
|TD||2:56||Reggie Wayne 12 Yd Pass From Peyton Manning (Adam Vinatieri Kick) |
Drive: 6 plays, 56 yds, 1:54
|TD||6:06||Reggie Wayne 5 Yd Pass From Peyton Manning (Adam Vinatieri Kick) |
Drive: 3 plays, 12 yds, 1:22
|TD||15:00||Mike Bell 1 Yd Run (Jason Elam Kick)||20||21|
|FG||3:23||Adam Vinatieri 48 Yd |
Drive: 8 plays, 50 yds, 3:19
|TD||8:06||Mike Bell 1 Yd Run (Jason Elam Kick) |
Drive: 8 plays, 80 yds, 4:43
|TD||11:25||Reggie Wayne 19 Yd Pass From Peyton Manning (Peyton Manning Pass To Reggie Wayne For Two-Point Conversion) |
Drive: 7 plays, 80 yds, 3:19
|FG||13:11||Jason Elam 49 Yd |
Drive: 5 plays, 49 yds, 1:46
|FG||14:58||Adam Vinatieri 37 Yd |
Drive: 8 plays, 62 yds, 1:47