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Sunday, October 19, 2008
Colts fortunate to trail by just 10 at half

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

GREEN BAY, Wisc. - Throw out the knee Peyton Manning just took to get the Colts-Packers game to the half and Indianapolis had only three first-half possessions.

But Mason Crosby's bad wide left miss of a 36-yard field goal at the end of the first half left the Packers up only 17-7, a lead that feels insufficient considering how thoroughly the hosts have dominated this game.

Green Bay's ahead in time of possession 20:25 to 9:35, net yards 230-88 and first downs 19-7.

These Colts look more like the team that got beat by Chicago and Jacksonville than the ones that beat Houston and Baltimore the last two weeks.

But they've got two reasons for hope after halftime: They're due another turn with the wind at their backs and they've maintained contact with a team that should have run away from them.