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(Sunday, October 17th)
Final Score: Indianapolis 27, Washington 24
Landover, MD (Sports Network) - Peyton Manning threw for two scores and the Indianapolis Colts held off the Washington Redskins in a 27-24 win at FedEx Field.
Manning went 25-for-38 with 307 yards and tossed scores to Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie for the Colts (4-2), who have won their past two games heading into their bye week. Garcon had four catches for 103 yards.
Joseph Addai totaled 128 yards and a score on 17 carries, but left the game in the fourth quarter with what was termed a shoulder injury. Reggie Wayne finished the game with six catches for 71 yards in the win.
"We were a little sloppy...Our offense moved the ball, we just didn't complete some drives," Colts head coach Jim Caldwell said. "We were a little inconsistent, but we did just enough to get by with a win."
Donovan McNabb went 29-for-45 with 246 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions and Ryan Torain had 100 yards on 20 carries with two scores for the Redskins (3-3), who had won their previous two games.
Washington punted the ball away on its first possession of the second half, but a sack of Manning resulted in a fumble, which Washington recovered at the Indianapolis 13.
Four plays later, Torain took the ball into the end zone from a yard out to cut the deficit to 17-14 early in the third.
The Colts, though, responded quickly as Addai took a handoff on the first play 46 yards to get the ball deep in Washington territory, and he later banged it into the end zone from 13 yards out for a 24-14 lead with 9:21 left in the third.
Washington came back down the field and made it a one-score game on Graham Gano's 39-yard field goal with just under four minutes to play in the third quarter.
Addai fumbled deep in Washington territory on the play that he was injured, but Washington was unable to move the ball and had to punt away.
The Colts were able to eat up over four minutes of the clock and gave themselves some breathing room with a 33-yard field goal from Adam Vinatieri with 8:41 to play.
Washington, though, countered with a 12-play drive that covered 92 yards and the team made it a three-point game with just 2:46 to play as Keiland Williams took a pass at the left side and went into the end zone from eight yards out.
The Redskins defense did its job on the Colts' next possession as three straight incompletions were followed by a punt to give the team the ball back at their 38 with 2:13 to play.
Washington itself, though, was stuffed as McNabb was sacked on second down and two straight incompletions saw the ball handed back to Indianapolis on downs.
The Redskins had one last chance after again forcing a punt from the Colts, but McNabb was picked off by Aaron Francisco to seal the win.
"They were in a prevent defense. I tried to take a shot, and it was a great catch by Francisco," McNabb recalled.
After the Colts went three-and-out to start the game, the Redskins were driving, but Jerraud Powers picked off McNabb.
On the next play Manning lofted a pass between the defenders to the right of the hashmarks for an in-stride Garcon, who came down with the catch and took it into the end zone on a 57-yard score and a 7-0 lead just over five minutes in.
After an exchange of punts, the Redskins went on a 10-play, 89-yard drive to tie the game as Torain punched the ball into the end zone from nine yards out when he went around the right end with 1:22 left in the first.
The Colts answered on their next drive with a 12-play march that went 84 yards with Manning using the play action for a five-yard toss over the top to Collie for a 14-7 lead with 12:44 to play in the half.
After forcing Washington to punt after one set of downs, the Colts got into scoring range, but Vinatieri's 38-yard attempt went wide right.
Washington was again forced to punt and this time the Colts were able to put three points on the board as Vinatieri was true from 43 yards to give the team a 17-7 lead heading into the break.
Addai's 46-yard run in the third was the longest of his career...The Colts return from their off week to face Houston at home on November 1...The Redskins play in Chicago next Sunday...Manning and center Jeff Saturday started their 160th game together, which ties the NFL record for a quarterback/center combination...Santana Moss had eight catches for 77 yards for Washington...Washington tight end Chris Cooley, who had five catches for 37 yards, left the game in the second half with a concussion.
10/18 01:20:05 ET
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