Colts 27

(4-2, 2-2 away)

Redskins 24

(3-3, 2-2 home)

Coverage: NBC

8:20 PM ET, October 17, 2010

FedEx Field, Landover, MD 

1 2 3 4 T
IND 7 10 7 327
WSH 7 0 10 724

Top Performers

Passing: P. Manning (IND) - 307 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: J. Addai (IND) - 17 CAR, 128 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: P. Garcon (IND) - 4 REC, 103 YDS, 1 TD

Peyton Manning prolific as Colts stave off pesky Redskins

Associated Press

LANDOVER, Md. -- After Peyton Manning threw three first-half passes that should have been intercepted, his teammates made up for it by losing three fumbles in the second half. The defense did its part by missing too many tackles to count, and an attempt by the offense to kill the clock turned into more football follies.

The Indianapolis Colts aren't supposed to bumble around like that, but it's been that kind of year.

Give Manning and his team credit, however: He was able to complete enough passes, and Joseph Addai also made enough would-be tacklers whiff as he plowed through the NFL's most generous defense. The Colts made up for their mistakes Sunday night by piling up 469 yards in a 27-24 victory over Washington.

"It's one of these games where you just got to keep your poise," said Colts cornerback Jerraud Powers, whose first-half interception of Donovan McNabb's pass led to a touchdown.

"The standards and expectations of our team are so high that whenever we have a few bumps in the road, people seem to panic. 'The Colts are going to have a bad year.' Well, we're going through the same stuff, if you look around the league, it's pretty balanced right now, there's no real dominant team out there. We're working on being more consistent and finding our identity."

Manning completed 25 of 38 passes for 307 yards and two touchdowns to help the Colts (4-2) keep pace with Houston atop the AFC South. Addai ran 17 times for 128 yards and a 13-yard score, giving a boost for a largely dormant running game, before leaving in the second half because of a shoulder injury.

Mike Hart added 43 yards, helping Indianapolis to a season-high 170 on the ground. Pierre Garcon caught four passes for 103 yards, including a 57-yard touchdown reception, injuring his right ring finger along the way. Garcon said his finger wasn't broken and that he should be fine after taking some painkillers.

McNabb went 29 for 45 for 246 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions for the Redskins (3-3), who fell a game behind Philadelphia and the New York Giants in the NFC East. Ryan Torain ran for 100 yards, his first 100-yard game as he subs for the injured Clinton Portis.

But the Redskins, who seem to make every game suspenseful down to the final whistle despite a defense that gives up well over 400 yards per game, made it a tight one once again. McNabb went 10 for 11 on a 92-yard fourth-quarter drive that cut the Colts' lead to three, hitting Keiland Williams for a 5-yard touchdown pass with 2:46 remaining.

Then the Colts, who live by the pass, nearly died by the pass. Starting at his own 20 with 2:42 to play, Manning had two passes broken up by Phillip Buchanon and one by LaRon Landry.

"We got looks that required us to throw the ball," Colts coach Jim Caldwell. "We certainly know the situation there ... but we needed to get a first down in that situation."

After a punt, the Redskins got the ball back at their own 38 with 2:13 to go and all three timeouts -- but McNabb threw long and incomplete on fourth-and-10. There was even time for Washington to get the ball again with under a minute to go, but McNabb's long pass was picked off with one had by Aaron Francisco.

The Colts had 294 yards at halftime but led only 17-7 in part because the usually reliable Adam Vinatieri was off the mark, missing two field goal attempts after an 8-for-8 start to the season.

Manning's day would have been much worse if the Redskins secondary could catch the ball. Carlos Rogers dropped two would-be interceptions, including one in which he took three stumbling steps before the ball popped out when his backside hit the ground. Safety Kareem Moore later had one go through his hands, Manning's only incompletion in a drive in which he went 7 for 8 for 64 yards with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Austin Collie.

"We just didn't make the plays," Washington cornerback DeAngelo Hall said. "We had wide-open layups, just didn't make the layups."

When the Colts had interceptions in their hands, they held on. After Powers picked off McNabb's pass in the first quarter, Garcon outran the Redskins secondary on the very next play to haul in the 57-yarder for the game's first touchdown.

The catch of the day also belonged to Garcon, who somehow made a backhanded, one-handed grab with his right hand while falling down for a 21-yard reception. The play set up a 43-yard field goal in the second quarter.

"Man, it was just really luck, man," Garcon said. "I raised my hand and I tried to grab it and it really stuck to my gloves."

The second-half fumbles kept the Redskins in the game. Brian Orakpo stripped Manning on a sack, and Torain scored four plays later to cut the Colts' lead to 17-14.

Addai accounted for 63 of 66 yards on the next drive and bounced off would-be tacklers like a pinball on a 13-yard run that put Indianapolis ahead 24-14.

But Kenny Moore fumbled on a punt return, giving Washington another turnover with excellent field position. The Redskins recovered at the Colts 39 but could only get a field goal out of it.

The Colts were driving again when London Fletcher crashed into Addai, forcing a fumble and injuring the running back on the play. Landry recovered for the Redskins at their own 17, but Washington went three-and-out. Vinatieri made a 33-yard field goal on Indianapolis' next possession to make it 27-17.

Game notes

Redskins TE Chris Cooley left with a concussion. ... Colts LB Gary Brackett was inactive with a groin injury. ... The Redskins played without DL Albert Haynesworth, who was away from practice for nearly a week following the death of his half brother.

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs2223
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays6872
Total Yards469335
Yards per play6.94.7
Total Drives1414
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-33-4
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

indTD9:56Pierre Garcon 57 Yard Pass From Peyton Manning (Adam Vinatieri Kick is Good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 57 yds, 0:00
wshTD1:29Ryan Torain 9 Yard Run (Graham Gano Kick is Good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 89 yds, 5:22
indTD12:48Austin Collie 5 Yard Pass From Peyton Manning (Adam Vinatieri Kick is Good)
Drive info: 12 plays, 84 yds, 3:38
indFG2:05Adam Vinatieri 43 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 8 plays, 53 yds, 3:06
wshTD11:23Ryan Torain 1 Yard Run (Graham Gano Kick is Good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 13 yds, 1:31
indTD9:27Joseph Addai 13 Yard Run (Adam Vinatieri Kick is Good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 66 yds, 1:57
wshFG3:58Graham Gano 39 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 5 plays, 18 yds, 2:13
indFG8:45Adam Vinatieri 33 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 8 plays, 49 yds, 4:07
wshTD2:51Keiland Williams 8 Yard Pass From Donovan Mcnabb (Graham Gano Kick is Good)
Drive info: 12 plays, 92 yds, 5:55

Research Notes

With running back Clinton Portis sidelined with an injury, Ryan Torain has emerged as Washington's next option in the backfield. After struggling in his first three appearances of the season, Torain exploded for 100 yards and two touchdowns against the Colts. He averaged 11.7 yards per carry with 3+ WRs on the field.
The Redskins entered Sunday night's matchup with the worst rushing defense when the opposing offense was in a 3-wide receiver set. This trend continued against the Colts as Joseph Addai and Mike Hart racked up 163 yards on 23 carries when the Colts had 3 wide receivers on the field.
Manning completed 19 of 29 passes for 266 yards and two touchdowns out of the shotgun Sunday at FedEx Field. That calculates to a 117.9 passer rating, good even by Peyton's standards. Entering Sunday, Manning ranked in the top three in the league in all major passing categories out of the shotgun. We can only expect that to continue as last season Manning led the NFL in completions (288) and yards (3,226) while tying his younger brother Eli for most touchdowns (20).
Peyton Manning struggled when throwing left of the hash marks, completing only 7 of 15 attempts for 62 yards. Yet this is where he decided to throw three passes on a crucial drive that started with 2:42 remaining in the game. Not surprisingly the Redskins defended all three passes, forcing a punt. Manning may have wanted to try either between the hash marks or to the right of them, as he enjoyed a great day passing to those areas of the field.
Peyton Manning picks apart base defenses (16 TD, 97.9 passer rtg since 2008) so teams have turned to overusing nickel and dime defenses in order to disguise their looks. The Colts are no strangers to this tactic as they have faced four of the five highest single-game totals against nickel and dime sets this season. The average offensive team records 19.8 touches (rushes + receptions) against 5+ DBs per game, Indy is averaging a staggering 42.3.
Peyton Manning had his 60th career 300-yard passing game Sunday night. He is one shy of tying Brett Favre for the 2nd-most all-time. Dan Marino leads with 63 games.

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