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Colts Clock Ravens To Clinch Playoff Spot

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning (18) hands off to running back Joseph Addai (29) against the Baltimore Ravens during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2007, in Baltimore.

Peyton Manning passed for 249 yards and four touchdowns as the Colts clinched a playoff spot with a 44-20 rout of the Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium.  Manning was 13-of-17 before coming out in the third quarter as Indianapolis won its fourth straight to improve to 11-and-2.  Manning’s second TD pass of the game was the 300th of his career, making him just the fifth player in history to reach that plateau.  His third scoring pass of the game moved him past Broncos great John Elway into fourth place all-time.  Joseph Addai  scored twice on the ground and also caught a touchdown pass for Indy.  Kyle Boller was 19-of-25 for 132 yards and a toucdown, but was also picked off twice as Baltimore dropped its seventh straight to slip to 4-and-9.  Troy Smith, the 2006 Heisman Trophy winner, made his first NFL appearance on the Ravens’ final drive and scored on a six-yard run in the final minute.

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