Colts-Broncos: Heroics In Fourth Quarter Help Indy Pass Denver, 28-16

Gary Brackett (#58)

I was really expecting a loss after the Colts’ play during the second half. Peyton Manning was playing solid throughout the first, having three touchdowns and only one pick.

The Colts were up with a 21-7 score. But during the second half, it was all the Broncos. All I saw was poor offensive and pass defensive play. Left and right were balls caught by Brandon Marshall, who broke the NFL record for most receptions in a game with 21 (let’s hope T.O. doesn’t open his mouth up after this one).

With the Broncos trailing by five, 21-16, I thought they would do something out of this with the Colts having a bunch of three-and-outs, and worse: turnovers. Manning had two interceptions in the second-half, and was playing tremendously poor.

He was turning into a Mark Sanchez at a Patriots game.

At the end, the Colts won after the Broncos failed on fourth down, where Marshall caught his 21st pass.

Manning had completed 20-of-42 passes for over 200 yards with four touchdowns, but a depressing three interceptions. Kyle Orton, who is now 1-1 officially at Lucas Oil Stadium, was 29-of-41 for 277 yards with two touchdowns and one pick.

Joseph Addai had an okay rushing performance with 67 yards on 16 carries. Mike Hart brought heroics to the Colts in the fourth quarter, and had nine carries for 28 yards in the game. Compared to the Broncos, Knowshon Moreno either had a bunch of long runs or a bunch of losses in the backfield. He had 23 carries for 63 yards.

Back to Marshall, who I mentioned had 21 catches, and another career-high of 200 yards with two touchdowns. No doubt that was his best game. Dallas Clark was the leader for Indiana with five catches for 43 yards. What made the difference was his three touchdown catches.

It was a well-played game by the Colts, who bounced back. The Colts now move to 13-0, three games away from perfection. They’ll be facing the Jaguars, Jets, and Bills next. Two of the teams have won seven games, and the other only four.

Those could be very easy wins. The toughest may be against Jacksonville. The Colts also broke two records, winning their 22nd straight game: most in NFL history. Also, Jim Caldwell has the best start of any rookie head coach in history, starting out with a staggering 13-0 record.

Glad Dungy hired him.

The Colts are just a few steps away from perfection. I just hope they reach it.


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2 Responses to “Colts-Broncos: Heroics In Fourth Quarter Help Indy Pass Denver, 28-16”

  1. NFLNETWORK says:

    Two of the NFL’s Biggest games this season are on NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football.
    Battle lines have been drawn as Peyton Manning, Reggie Wayne and the Colts are rolling through the AFC looking to keep their perfect season intact. Meanwhile, Maurice Jones-Drew and the Jags, their division rival, need to pull off an upset to keep their post-season hopes alive.

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