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Friday, December 19, 2008
Manning to the right and on third down

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A closer look at Peyton Manning's work Thursday night against the Jaguars reveals he was at his best throwing to his right and on third downs.

This info comes from video analysis courtesy of Hank Gargiulo of ESPN Stats & Analysis.

Manning completed all 14 passes he threw to the right side of the field. Dallas Clark and Reggie Wayne each pulled in five balls on the right, including one touchdown each.

Peyton Manning Passing by Direction
 CompAttYdsTDINT
Left 9 11 101 0 0
Middle 6 9 86 1 0
Right 14 14 177 2 0
Total 29 34 364 3 0

Going into the game, the Jacksonville defense had limited opponents to a 39.8 percent conversion percentage on third downs. The trend held on Thursday when the Colts tried to run on third-and-short, as they only converted one of four attempts when they ran the ball. But Manning converted five of six chances when the Colts went to the air, including three times in the fourth quarter.

Indianapolis 3rd Down Offense
 ConvAttYds
Passing 5 6 62
Rushing 1 4* 4
Total 6 10 66
* All four attempts were on third-and-2 or less