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Seattle at Indianapolis

Manning sets more career milestones, Colts cruise against Seahawks

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Peyton Manning is back in his old groove.

The clock-beating drives, the milestones, the victories are all part of his weekly routine again. Not even those opponents trying to play keep-away can foil the three-time MVP these days.

Manning led the Colts to touchdowns on four of their first five drives Sunday, tied league marks established by Fran Tarkenton and Dan Marino and extended Indianapolis' regular-season winning streak to 13 with a 34-17 victory over Seattle.

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"We played greatness today," Seattle coach Jim Mora said. "He's one of the finest of all times."

For Manning, whose trophy case already includes three MVP awards and a Super Bowl ring, it's been possibly his most impressive start in 12 NFL seasons.

On Sunday, he was 31 of 41 for 353 yards, marking the first time Manning has topped 300 yards in four consecutive games. It's also a franchise record.

By that point, Manning had already reached two other milestones. His first TD pass went to Reggie Wayne for a 5-yard score, making Manning and Dan Marino the only quarterbacks in league history to throw 55 TD passes to two different receivers. Manning threw 112 TDs to Marvin Harrison.

The second TD pass, a 21-yarder to rookie Austin Collie after a brilliant audible, put Manning alongside Tarkenton for No. 3 on the NFL's career list. Both have 342, trailing only Marino (420) and Brett Favre (469).

That accomplishment came with a personal touch.

"Fran and my dad are friends and my dad has told me great stories about Fran Tarkenton," Manning said. "He was a unique player."

Manning's amazing efficiency is his signature trait.

In the first half, only three of Manning's 20 passes hit the ground - one was a throwaway, one was batted at the line and one was overthrown.

Seattle (1-3), which was again missing quarterback Matt Hasselbeck (rib) and left tackle Walter Jones (knee), didn't have the firepower to avoid losing its third straight -- or keeping up with Manning's efficiency.

"With our situation being what it is, it's going to be tough until we get back to full strength," Seahawks coach Jim Mora said. "We have a small margin for error, and we made some errors."

Manning wasted no time in taking advantage.

He gave the ball to rookie Donald Brown for a 1-yard scoring run to make it 7-0. Two series later, Manning hooked up with Wayne for a 14-0 lead with 5:29 left in the half.

Seattle got on the scoreboard with a 38-yard field goal, but left Manning with 1 minute, 22 seconds to go -- too much time to score. Manning took the Colts 78 yards in 79 seconds, with a nifty throw-and-catch to Collie with 3 seconds left.

"With 9 seconds left, you look at some things and you may not try that with a more inexperienced quarterback," Colts coach Jim Caldwell said. "But this guy has been around a long time and he knows how to take care of the ball."

The Colts sealed the outcome with Joseph Addai's 12-yard run midway through the fourth quarter, two field goals from Adam Vinatieri and a solid defensive performance that limited Seattle to just 49 yards rushing.

Seneca Wallace, Hasselbeck's replacement, got Seattle into the end zone twice in the final three minutes and was 33 of 45 for 257 yards with one TD, lost two fumbles and five sacks -- one by Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney who wasn't even expected to play Sunday.

Manning made sure they never had a chance.

"Our guys are doing a great job of catching that ball and getting yards after the catch," he said. "I'd say as a group, we might be doing that as well as we've done. That sure does make drives a lot more efficient when you're throwing 7 yards and getting 20 yards out of it."

Notes:

  • Seahawks guard Rob Sims sprained his left ankle and defensive end Patrick Kerney pulled his groin and will be evaluated Monday.
  • Colts left tackle Charlie Johnson hurt his knee during the game and did not return.
  • Edgerrin James had four carries for 16 yards in his return to Indy, where fans applauded loudly the first time he touched the ball and again when a video tribute was shown between the third and fourth quarters. Afterward he and his ex-teammates took pictures together.
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Peyton Manning throws his 342 career touchdown, tying him for third all-time with Fran Tarkenton.
 
Peyton Manning throws his 342 career touchdown, tying him for third all-time with Fran Tarkenton. (Getty Images)
 

 

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Seattle
(1-3)
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SeahawksColts
Pass: S. Wallace (33-45, 257) P. Manning (31-41, 353)
Rush: J. Jones (11-25) J. Addai (12-46)
Rec: T. Houshmandzadeh (8-103) D. Clark (8-80)
Scoring Summary
1ST QUARTER
TDDonald Brown, 1 Yd run (Adam Vinatieri kick is good), 6:09. Drive: 10 plays, 80 yards in 5:38.
2ND QUARTER
TDReggie Wayne, 5 Yd pass from Peyton Manning (Adam Vinatieri kick is good), 5:29. Drive: 9 plays, 90 yards in 4:01.
FGOlindo Mare 38 Yd, 1:22. Drive: 11 plays, 57 yards in 4:07.
TDAustin Collie, 21 Yd pass from Peyton Manning (Adam Vinatieri kick is good), 0:03. Drive: 9 plays, 78 yards in 1:19.
3RD QUARTER
TDJoseph Addai, 12 Yd run (Adam Vinatieri kick is good), 8:02. Drive: 12 plays, 80 yards in 6:58.
4TH QUARTER
FGAdam Vinatieri 37 Yd, 8:50. Drive: 7 plays, 29 yards in 3:08.
FGAdam Vinatieri 19 Yd, 6:58. Drive: 4 plays, 4 yards in 1:16.
TDSeneca Wallace, 7 Yd run (Olindo Mare kick is good), 2:59. Drive: 10 plays, 70 yards in 3:59.
TDOwen Schmitt, 1 Yd pass from Seneca Wallace (Olindo Mare kick is good), 0:19. Drive: 8 plays, 54 yards in 2:40.
Players of the Game
Denver

P. Manning
Att 41
Comp 31
Yds 353
TD 2

S. Wallace
Att 45
Comp 33
Yds 257
TD 1
 
Seattle
PassingCP/ATYDSTDINT
S. Wallace33/4525710
RushingATTYDSTDLG
J. Jones112508
E. James41605
S. Wallace4817
ReceivingRECYDSTDLG
T. Houshmandzadeh8103020
D. Branch649022
J. Carlson539012
N. Burleson431010
J. Jones31004
J. Forsett3806
J. Owens1808
E. James1606
O. Schmitt2312
Indianapolis
PassingCP/ATYDSTDINT
P. Manning31/4135321
RushingATTYDSTDLG
J. Addai1246112
D. Brown933112
P. Manning1-10-1
ReceivingRECYDSTDLG
D. Clark880016
R. Wayne674121
P. Garcon371035
A. Collie665121
J. Addai750017
D. Brown113013
Complete Player Stats
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MIN 30
SD 28 Final
PIT 38
STL 0 Final
SF 35
DAL 10 Final
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NYJ 10 Final
NO 24
BUF 10 Final
MIA 38
TB 13 Final
WAS 16
BAL 21 Final
NE 27
NYG 27 Final
KC 16
TEN 17 Final
JAC 37
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