Tuesday, December 7, 2010
AFC South Week 13 decisive moment
By Paul Kuharsky
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The Colts had driven to a tying touchdown and won the overtime coin toss.
They looked primed to drive to a score, overcome a rough day and sneak out a win over Dallas. But on third-and-4 from the Colts’ 37-yard line, Peyton Manning dropped back and threw to the left to Reggie Wayne, who was plenty open in front of Mike Jenkins and Gerald Sensabaugh.
Wayne, who had a spectacular 200-yard receiving day, moved back to the ball and was going to his knees and it went through his arms, bounced off his chest and fell incomplete.
The Colts’ stretch of momentum ended as they punted it away. While they got the ball back once more, Manning threw his fourth interception, and it set up Dallas’ David Buehler’s game-winning 38-yard field goal.
There are two dozen plays that could have changed the outcome of this game, starting with Manning’s four interceptions.
But the Colts could have washed it all away with a big drive to open overtime and didn’t get the play they needed from a star who had a huge performance.