Don't Mess With Manning
INDIANAPOLIS--Don't tug on Superman's cape.
And don't try to knock Peyton Manning out of a game.
The Washington Redskins got some big first-half hits on Manning here this afternoon. One resulted in a penalty, and the Colts thought the other should have as well. An obviously shaken Manning had to call a timeout at one point to gather himself and the Redskins led, 14-13, at halftime.
But Manning gathered himself at halftime and threw three second-half touchdown passes to keep the Colts unbeaten with a 36-22 triumph.
"We never like to see our quarterback get hit," Colts Coach Tony Dungy said. "It's something that we try to not have happen. He got hit a couple of times today, and fortunately he was fine and got through it.... At halftime, I asked him if he was okay and he felt like he was fine, back to normal. And he was on fire in the third quarter.... We got organized at halftime and we were very sharp."
Manning ended up completing 25 of 35 passes for 342 yards and four touchdowns. In the second half, he was 10 for 12 for 165 yards and three touchdowns.
Manning never has missed a regular season game. He has missed only one play in a regular season game because of an injury. He never had even missed a practice during the regular season until being absent during the Colts' recent bye week to attend his grandmother's funeral.
But in the first half today, the Colts had to hold their breath when Manning got up slowly after being bent over backward when he was hit high and low simultaneously by Redskins defensive ends Andre Carter and Phillip Daniels.
Daniels knocked Manning's helmet off on the play, and Manning hit his bare head on the RCA Dome turf. There was no penalty called on that play. But a roughing-the-passer penalty was called on another hit later in the first half in which Manning was twisted awkwardly.
By Mark Maske |
October 22, 2006; 11:47 PM ET
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