1:00 PM ET, October 5, 2008
Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX
Manning's late-game poise -- and the lack of it for Houston quarterback Sage Rosenfels -- helped the Colts scored 21 points in a late span of 2:10. Two touchdowns came thanks to fumbles by Rosenfels, then Indianapolis intercepted Rosenfels' last-ditch comeback attempt for a 31-27 win Sunday.Manning threw two touchdown passes, connecting with Reggie Wayne on a 5-yarder with 1:54 remaining for the decisive points. Linebacker Gary Brackett returned a fumble by Rosenfels 68 yards for a score in between Manning's TD throws."All of our team played great football today, played winning football and I made those mistakes that cost football games," Rosenfels said. "There is no reason we should have lost that game."But they did, in incredible fashion."I thought we had that passion at the end," said Colts coach Tony Dungy. "But it was missing during the middle of the game and we've got to get that back somewhere."Rookie Tom Santi caught the other late score, a 7-yarder to bring the Colts (2-2) within 27-17 with 4:04 to go. It was his first NFL touchdown.
Fast Facts• The Colts' 17-point comeback victory is their largest since coming back from 17 down vs. St. Louis in 2005 and their largest comeback in the fourth quarter since they trailed by 21 points at Tampa Bay in 2003 before winning 38-35 in OT. • Peyton Manning now has 31 touchdowns and five interceptions in his career against Houston. • The Colts' .923 win percentage vs. the Texans is second best all-time for one NFL team over another among current franchises.
-- ESPN research
Johnson surpassed 5,000 yards receiving for his career with Sunday's performance. ... The win ties Manning with Terry Bradshaw for seventh on the NFL's all-time list with 107. ... Williams has four sacks this season.
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Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.4||5.8|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|FG||09:42||Adam Vinatieri 46 Yd||3||0|
|TD||02:16||Joseph Addai 1 Yd Run (Adam Vinatieri Kick)||10||0|
|TD||12:06||Steve Slaton 1 Yd Run (Kris Brown Kick)||10||7|
|FG||07:09||Kris Brown 37 Yd||10||10|
|TD||00:27||Andre Johnson 5 Yd Pass From Sage Rosenfels (Kris Brown Kick)||10||17|
|FG||00:21||Kris Brown 43 Yd||10||20|
|TD||08:18||Steve Slaton 1 Yd Run (Kris Brown Kick)||10||27|
|TD||04:04||Tom Santi 7 Yd Pass From Peyton Manning (Adam Vinatieri Kick)||17||27|
|TD||03:36||Gary Brackett 68 Yd Fumble Return (Adam Vinatieri Kick)||24||27|
|TD||01:54||Reggie Wayne 5 Yd Pass From Peyton Manning (Adam Vinatieri Kick)||31||27|