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Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky
We've been spoiled by watching Peyton Manning perform well in the clutch so often. That shouldn't reduce the props he gets for his work during Sunday's win in San Diego.
Tobin Petitpas of ESPN Stats & Analysis broke down several elements of Manning's game.
Manning was inconsistent on first and second down, but he made that not matter much because he was so good on third and fourth down.
Third down was good, so was the third quarter.
In two drives, Manning led the Colts to 10 points, completing all nine passes he threw for 60 yards. Meanwhile, San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers fumbled the ball away at the Indianapolis 14-yard line.
Part of Manning's third-down success was thanks to receiver Anthony Gonzalez, who caught all four passes thrown to him on third down for 67 yards, four first downs and a touchdown. Outside of third down, he caught two of six balls thrown his way.
Manning spread the ball around very effectively, with 18 of his 32 passes going to running backs and tight ends.
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