Manning Falls In Return To Indy
INDIANAPOLIS – It was just Peyton Manning’s luck.
On his first trip back to Lucas Oil Stadium, he and his teammates had an off night time. His successor and his old workforce, they bought it right.
Andrew Luck threw three touchdown passes and ran for another rating Sunday night, handing Denver a 39-33 loss – its first of the season – with out even needing certainly one of Luck’s trademark fourth-quarter comebacks.
“It is not actual enjoyable watching him,” Luck mentioned of Manning. “But he’s something to look at.”
Heading into the sport, Manning and Denver (6-1) regarded nearly unbeatable. The Broncos were scoring factors by the handfuls in the midst of a 17-sport regular-season successful streak and showed no indicators of even hitting a pace bump.
Then came what was imagined to be Manning’s completely satisfied homecoming. Nothing went proper and now the Kansas City Chiefs are the NFL’s lone unbeaten workforce.
He misplaced a fumble, threw an interception and was sacked 4 instances – twice by Robert Mathis, one of the few remaining holdovers from the Manning period.
Broncos kick returner Trindon Holliday fumbled twice, dropping one which led to a Colts landing.
Denver’s protection dedicated inexplicable penalties all through the second half, giving the Colts extra opportunities than they wanted, and the Broncos’ final good probability fizzled when Denver running again Ronnie Hillman misplaced a fumble inside the Colts 5-yard line with 3:03 left within the game.
With Luck and the Colts repeatedly taking advantage, even Manning couldn’t rescue the Broncos.
Whereas Manning finished with strong numbers, 29 of forty nine for 386 yards with three TD passes, he actually wasn’t himself. Passes fluttered, passes sailed, passes were damaged up.
Luck was 21 of 38 for 228 yards with three scores and no turnovers in ending Denver’s pursuit of perfection. Indianapolis (5-2) prolonged its lead in the AFC South and still hasn’t misplaced consecutive video games since Luck arrived in the NFL last year.
“It is a game we have to learn from. We, I assume, had four turnovers and still by some means had a chance to win that sport,” Manning mentioned. “I’d have preferred to have seen it go to a two-point game down there toward the end and see what would have happened, but it surely never quite got to that time. You may go back to completely different elements of the sport and we received behind, errors there, but we still had a chance there on the finish. We actually have to improve from this sport as a result of we weren’t as sharp execution-sensible as we would prefer to be.”
Admittedly, this was no typical night for Manning.
The weekend’s marquee matchup was the NFL’s most anticipated homecoming since Brett Favre went again to Green Bay – with the dreaded Minnesota Vikings – in 2009.
Indy’s former franchise quarterback dealt with questions all week about owner Jim Irsay’s most up-to-date comments expressing disappointment with profitable just one Tremendous Bowl title in the course of the Manning years, then arrived to seek out out the roof and window at Lucas Oil Stadium can be open on a chilly night time inside the home he helped build.
And when he first ran onto the sphere, some sections within the decrease bowl appeared like a checkerboard of Colts blue and Broncos orange. They roared for No. 18 throughout a ninety-second video tribute featuring a few of his most memorable moments with the Colts together with the document-breaking move to Marvin Harrison for many TDs by a quarterback-receiver duo, the AFC championship comeback towards New England and, of course, the night when he finally hoisted the Lombardi Trophy in rainy Miami.
Manning responded to the standing ovation by stopping his warm-up throws, taking off his helmet, waving to the fans and mouthing the phrases “Thanks.”
The massive video screen then cut to a fan holding an indication that that read “Thanks Peyton However Tonight I am A Colts Fan.”
Afterward, he acknowledged it was an emotional sport.
However the Broncos have been coping with far bigger points on the field.
After Holliday fumbled, Luck attached with Darrius Heyward-Bey on the following play to give Indy a ten-7 lead.
Mathis’ second-quarter strip sack pressured a security and Luck found Stanley Havili for a 20-yard TD go after the free kick to make it 19-14. Indy by no means trailed once more.
“That is my job, that is how I assist my crew,” Mathis said. “It felt good.”
The Colts extended the lead to 26-14 at halftime and 33-14 in the third quarter when Luck scrambled for a 10-yard TD during a drive on which 4 flags got here out on Denver defenders.
Then Manning rallied the Broncos, throwing a 31-yard TD go to Demaryius Thomas early in the fourth and handing off to Knowshon Moreno for a 1-yard TD run to make it 36-30 with 8:44 left within the sport.
Denver pressured a punt, giving Manning another chance because the stadium noise subsided. However on the primary play, Erik Walden hit Manning’s arm and Pat Angerer picked it off to arrange Adam Vinatieri’s forty two-yard area objective.
“Hopefully we’ll have an opportunity to play these guys once more because that might mean we made the playoffs,” Manning mentioned. “I feel if there’s a next time it may be slightly bit simpler simply because it was somewhat of an emotional week and it may be just a little bit draining, I’ll say that.”
The game could prove expensive for each groups. Denver cornerback
left in the second quarter with a left foot harm, the identical foot that saved him out of the first 5 games this season. Indy misplaced Pro Bowl receiver
within the fourth quarter with what team officials known as a sprained proper knee. Wayne is predicted to have an MRI on Monday… Colts cornerback
mistakenly referred to Manning as
throughout a postgame interview on NBC… Denver rushed 20 instances for sixty four yards.