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Posted by's Paul Kuharsky

Displaying the characteristics that turned their season and have them in control of their playoff fate, the Colts were resilient and opportunistic as they found a way to win Sunday, yet again.

On a windy day in Cleveland, Indianapolis couldn't get anything going on offense, losing an early Joseph Addai fumble, two Peyton Manning interceptions and a Manning fumble on a fourth-down at the goal line.

But Dwight Freeney forced a Derek Anderson fumble, Robert Mathis scooped and scored and it was enough for a 10-6 win that moved the Colts to 8-4 and kept them at the head of the AFC Wild Card pack.

Already without safety Bob Sanders (knee), the Colts lost middle linebacker Gary Brackett (ankle) and defensive tackle Keyunta Dawson (hamstring) during the game. Another linebacker, Freddy Keiaho, left the game late with a leg injury.

But as has become their habit, the Colts patched the holes, moved right along and did enough to get the result they needed.

Tony Dungy sounded optimistic leading up to the game about Sanders' potential to return next week against Cincinnati at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Assessments of the new injuries still to come.

Posted by's James Walker

The Cleveland Browns had another chance to play spoiler to a playoff hopeful and once again failed to pull it off at home. The Mannings improved to 6-1 against the AFC North with a 10-6 victory Sunday at Browns Stadium.

Cleveland tried to execute a game plan of playing ball control on offense to keep the ball out of the hands of Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning. It worked for three quarters until a key fourth-quarter fumble was returned 37 yards for a touchdown by Indianapolis lineman Robert Mathis.

But perhaps the biggest loss was the left leg injury to Browns quarterback Derek Anderson, who needed help off the field after being hit by Cleveland lineman Kevin Shaffer and Mathis in what appeared to be a serious knee injury.

Meanwhile, the Browns (4-8) continue their freefall, losing four of their last five. The loss also sealed the third non-winning season under the current regime of general manager Phil Savage and head coach Romeo Crennel.

Following the declaration of Browns owner Randy Lerner last week, it's clear that changes will be made to some degree in an attempt to turn this franchise around in 2009.


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