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14-0= Indianapolis beats Jacksonville 35-31

The Colts became the 3rd NFL team to go 14-0 during the regular season. From AP-

Peyton Manning completed every pass early and one big one late, exactly what the Indianapolis Colts needed to stay unbeaten.Ind-Jac

Manning threw for 308 yards and four touchdowns, including a 65-yarder to Reggie Wayne to go ahead for good, and the Colts beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 35-31 Thursday night to improve to 14-0 for the first time in franchise history.

The wild game on a cool night included 714 yards, 43 first downs, 10 lead changes, six punts, several big plays and just two turnovers.


Jacksonville had a chance to win it in the closing minutes, but David Garrard overthrew Mike Thomas on a third-and-10 play with about a minute to play. Jacob Lacey intercepted the ball, and the Colts ran out the clock.

Indianapolis extended its NFL-record winning streak in the regular season to 23 and became the third 14-0 team in league history, joining the 1972 Miami Dolphins and 2007 New England Patriots. New Orleans can join the list with a victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday night.

Manning also went over 4,000 passing yards for the season during last night’s game. Up till the mid 70′s only one QB(Joe Namath) had reached a similar milestone and just once. Manning has thrown for 4,000 yard 10 times.

The 2009 NFL season has been one of contrasts. Some great teams(Colts and New Orleans Saints) and some horrible ones(St. Louis and Tampa Bay). The Colts IMHO are less likely to remain undefeated. I hold to that view after seeing Jacksonville torch them 4 days after they struggled offensively against Miami. Either the Jaguars are a Jekyll and Hyde team or the Indianapolis defense isn’t very good. The Colts rank 25th in the NFL in total defense. Can such a team win a Super Bowl?

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