Final

Colts 14

(3-3, 2-1 away)

Packers 34

(4-3, 2-2 home)

Coverage: CBS

4:15 PM ET, October 19, 2008

Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI 

1 2 3 4 T
IND 7 0 0 714
GB 3 14 10 734

Top Performers

Passing: P. Manning (IND) - 229 YDS, 2 INT

Rushing: R. Grant (GB) - 31 CAR, 105 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Clark (IND) - 8 REC, 81 YDS

Packers defense returns two Manning INTs for TDs en route to win

Associated Press

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Normally, it would be the sort of thing Peyton Manning loves: An opponent off to a shaky start and playing without two of its starting defensive backs.

Fast Facts

• The Packers returned two interceptions for touchdowns in a game for the second time this season and it's the second time in Peyton Manning's career that he had two interceptions returned for touchdowns in the same game.

• Aaron Rouse's 99-yard interception return for a touchdown tied the Packers record.

• The loss snapped the Colts' 13-game October win streak.

•  Donald Driver caught four passes to move into second place on the Packers' all-time receptions list with 532 ahead of James Lofton (530). Sterling Sharpe (595) holds the record.

-- ESPN research

But the Green Bay Packers and their patchwork secondary did more than keep Manning in check on Sunday. Heck, they almost outscored him.

Safeties Nick Collins and Aaron Rouse both ran interceptions back for long touchdowns as the Green Bay Packers beat the Indianapolis Colts 34-14 at Lambeau Field on Sunday, regaining some of the swagger they lost during a recent losing streak.

"That's the way we play," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "That's who we are."

The Packers (4-3) have won two straight after snapping a three-game losing streak at Seattle last Sunday. Green Bay has a bye next week then plays at Tennessee Nov. 2.

It's the worst start to a season for Indianapolis (3-3) since 2001 -- the last time the Colts didn't make the playoffs. Colts coach Tony Dungy said he couldn't remember a sloppier performance during his time with the team.

"It's a very, very disappointing game, obviously," Dungy said. "It's the way we've been all year. We've been up and down, not consistent, and we showed more of that today. They played smarter and sharper than we did."

Manning finished 21-for-42 for 229 yards, plus the two interceptions.

"I can't really give you one, simple answer, try to summarize what's going on," Manning said. "We just need to play better. I need to play better and find a way to get into the end zone. Our offense needs to try to get the lead to help our defense out a little bit. We didn't do our job."

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers gutted out his third straight game with a sprained right shoulder, going 21-for-28 for 186 yards and a touchdown despite 30-mph wind gusts at Lambeau Field.

Rodgers said his shoulder was "improving," but he and his teammates are looking forward to the rest and rehabilitation they'll get during the week off.

"There was no doubt we needed to be 4-3 going into this bye," Rodgers said. "You know, it's been a situation where guys have stepped up in the absence of guys that have been injured, and guys that have been injured have been playing well through the pain. This is going to be a great week for us to just relax and get healthy."

Packers running back Ryan Grant had his first 100-yard game of the season, carrying 31 times for 105 yards and a touchdown.

It was a disheartening performance by the Colts' defense, which seemed to be on its way to proving it could win without injured safety Bob Sanders in Indianapolis' victory over Baltimore last week.

Sanders sat out again with a knee injury, as did cornerback Kelvin Hayden -- and it showed. The Colts committed 12 penalties, many of them on defense.

"Way too many," Dungy said.

The Colts' defense spent so much time on the field that Manning didn't have many chances to answer the Packers' sustained scoring drives. And when he did have the ball, he didn't look particularly sharp against a Packers defense playing without injured cornerback Al Harris and safety Atari Bigby.

Unlike earlier games against Minnesota and Houston, Manning couldn't orchestrate a comeback. Instead, he was victimized -- twice.

Facing third-and-6 at the Packers 48 on the first drive of the second half, Manning's pass skimmed off Reggie Wayne's fingertips and landed in the hands of Collins, who rambled 62 yards for a touchdown.

"I think that changed the whole game," Collins said. "That was an opportunity for us to go up 24-7 and just take over the game."

Collins made another big play on the Colts' next possession, breaking up a deep pass that could have gone for a touchdown to wide-open wide receiver Marvin Harrison.

And with the Colts driving in the fourth quarter, Rouse stepped in front of wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez to grab the ball, returning it 99 yards for a touchdown to put the game out of reach.

Along the way, the Packers showed a swagger that had been missing lately.

One particular example came from wide receiver Ruvell Martin, who took a huge hit from Gary Brackett after catching a pass from Rodgers in the second quarter -- but instead of staying down, he bounced right back up and did a little shoulder-shaking celebration dance that reminded Rodgers of something veteran Donald Driver would do.

Grant ran 11 yards up the middle for a touchdown on the next play, putting the Packers ahead 17-7 going into halftime.

Game notes


Sunday's game was the Colts' first loss in the month of October since a 2004 game against Kansas City. ... McCarthy said defensive end Jeremy Thompson had a stinger and did not return. ... Rouse's runback ties a record for the longest interception return in team history, set by Tim Lewis in 1984. ... The Packers have six returns for scores this season -- five interception and a punt. ... Packers DL Johnny Jolly blocked a field goal in the third quarter.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
Indianapolis
Green Bay
1st Downs2124
3rd down efficiency
5-155-12
4th down efficiency
3-31-1
Total Yards302302
Yards per play4.64.8
Total Drives30
Passing229186
Comp-Att
21-4221-28
Yards per pass
5.56.6
Interceptions thrown
20
Sacks-Yards Lost
0-00-0
Rushing73116
Rushing Attempts
2335
Yards per rush
3.23.3
Penalties12-1109-70
Turnovers20
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
20
Possession26:1433:46

Passing Leaders

INDC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Manning21/422295.5020-0
GBC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Rodgers21/281866.6100-0

Rushing Leaders

INDCARYDSAVGTDLG
Rhodes20733.729
Simpson210.503
GBCARYDSAVGTDLG
Grant311053.4114
Rodgers382.709

Receiving Leaders

INDRECYDSAVGTDLG
Clark88110.1029
Gonzalez57214.4034
GBRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jackson6376.209
Driver4358.8024

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERINDGB
FG08:06Mason Crosby 31 Yd 03
TD04:06Dominic Rhodes 3 Yd Run (Adam Vinatieri Kick) 73
SECOND QUARTERINDGB
TD14:15Donald Lee 12 Yd Pass From Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby Kick) 710
TD02:49Ryan Grant 11 Yd Run (Mason Crosby Kick) 717
THIRD QUARTERINDGB
TD12:28Nick Collins 62 Yd Interception Return (Mason Crosby Kick) 724
FG02:37Mason Crosby 29 Yd 727
FOURTH QUARTERINDGB
TD04:27Aaron Rouse 99 Yd Interception Return (Mason Crosby Kick) 734
TD01:41Dominic Rhodes 1 Yd Run (Adam Vinatieri Kick) 1434