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Manning leads Colts past Philadelphia 23-15

Aug 21, 2009 - 4:37 AM By MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports Writer

INDIANAPOLIS(AP) -- Peyton Manning wanted to get the Colts offense fixed Thursday night.

Did he ever.

The three-time league MVP threw two touchdown passes in three series, and Indianapolis pulled off a rare 23-15 preseason victory over Philadelphia, which played without Michael Vick.

"I think everybody wanted to be in there. The entire offense felt hungry after last week," Manning said. "Sure, there were some mistakes we can learn from, but there were some good things we can learn from."

If this is the learning curve, the Colts will gladly take it.

Manning, unhappy with last week's performance and his lack of playing time against Minnesota, lobbied for more action Thursday and delivered a masterful performance. He drove the Colts 81 yards for a touchdown on their first series, threw a 76-yard TD pass to Reggie Wayne and finished 10 of 14 for 167 yards in less than 11 minutes.

His backup Curtis Painter, a rookie from Purdue, looked good, too. He was 11 of 19 for 116 yards with one interception and led the Colts to three field goals.

Even Indy's often criticized defense improved. It forced two three-and-outs on the first four series, had three sacks and forced two turnovers, both of which led to Indy scores.

New coach Jim Caldwell couldn't quibble with Indy's play Thursday.

"They (the starters) had a couple of real good solid drives in there, performing pretty well," Caldwell said. "We were pleased with what we saw."

Philadelphia, though, was nowhere near full strength.

Vick, who signed last week, isn't eligible to play until next week.

"I'm glad he's on our team. He's a great person, a great player, he's only going to make us better," safety Quintin Demps said.

Four of the five projected starters on Philly's offensive line sat out. Running back Brian Westbrook stayed home, and starting fullback Leonard Weaver left in the first quarter with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his knee.

The Eagles were also missing three defensive starters, and it showed.

At times, coach Andy Reid looked exasperated with the mistakes.

Philadelphia had six penalties accepted in each half. They squandered a scoring chance at the end of the first half by mismanaging the clock and failed to convert a fourth-and-1 in the third quarter.

"All in all, that was an embarrassing performance and way too many penalties, not enough intensity all the way around, starting with me," Reid said. "It was a poor performance."

Aside from the Eagles first scoring play - a perfect 39-yard strike from Donovan McNabb to DeSean Jackson, who split two defenders down the middle of the field to make it 14-7 - little went right.

Manning opened the game with a 12-play, 71-yard drive and beat a Philly blitz to hit Anthony Gonzalez in the corner of the end zone for a 3-yard TD.

After Manning fumbled deep in his own territory, Dwight Freeney swatted the ball away from McNabb and Indy's Keyunta Dawson recovered.

Manning took advantage right away, finding Wayne down the left sideline on the next play. Wayne scooted down the sideline, then made a nifty inside cut near the 10-yard line to avoid a defender for a 76-yard TD to give Indy a 14-0 lead.

The Colts made it 17-7 when Shane Andrus made a 24-yard field goal late in the first half and added two more field goals by Andrus in the second half.

Philadelphia didn't score again until Adam DiMichele hooked up with Brandon Gibson on a 21-yard TD pass with 26 seconds to go.

"I don't think anybody offensively was really happy with what happened last week. It started with me and the entire offensive starting unit," Manning said. "Overall I thought everybody came back and did a better job tonight."

NOTES: Manning was presented with his third MVP trophy at halftime. ... McNabb was 5 of 7 for 77 yards with one touchdown. ... There were no protests outside the stadium regarding Vick, though a few fans brought in signs to express concerns about last week's signing. ... Colts S Matt Giordano left with a groin injury, RB Mike Hart hurt his ankle and RB Chad Simpson departed with a left shoulder injury. ... Philadelphia CB Ellis Hobbs injured his left ankle.






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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
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    INDIANAPOLIS 14 3 3 3 23 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: IND - TD, ANTHONY GONZALEZ 3 YD PASS FROM PEYTON
    MANNING (S ANDRUS KICK), 4:43. Drive: 12 plays,
    81 yards in 4:43. INDIANAPOLIS 7-0
    IND - TD, REGGIE WAYNE 76 YD PASS FROM PEYTON
    MANNING (S AND

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    TD PHI
    BRANDON GIBSON 21 YD PASS FROM A DIMICHELE
    (A DIMICHELE PASS TO R MYERS FOR TWO-POINT CONVERSION)
    PHILADELPHIA 15
    INDIANAPOLIS 23 0:26 LEFT, 4TH QTR

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    FG IND
    S ANDRUS 31 YD
    PHILADELPHIA 7
    INDIANAPOLIS 23 11:35 LEFT, 4TH QTR

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    PHILADELPHIA 7
    INDIANAPOLIS 20 15:00 LEFT, 4TH QTR
    PHI BALL ON IND 47 YD LINE
    2ND AND 4

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    END, 3RD QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
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    PHILADELPHIA 7 0 0 7
    INDIANAPOLIS 14 3 3 20 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: IND - TD, ANTHONY GONZALEZ 3 YD PASS FROM PEYTON
    MANNING (S ANDRUS KICK), 4:43. Drive: 12 plays,
    81 yards in 4:43. INDIANAPOLIS 7-0
    IND - TD, REGGIE WAYNE 76 YD PASS FROM PEYTON
    MANNING

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    FG IND
    S ANDRUS 41 YD
    PHILADELPHIA 7
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    HALFTIME 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
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    INDIANAPOLIS 14 3 17 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: IND - TD, ANTHONY GONZALEZ 3 YD PASS FROM PEYTON
    MANNING (S ANDRUS KICK), 4:43. Drive: 12 plays,
    81 yards in 4:43. INDIANAPOLIS 7-0
    IND - TD, REGGIE WAYNE 76 YD PASS FROM PEYTON
    MANNING (S

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    FG IND
    S ANDRUS 24 YD
    PHILADELPHIA 7
    INDIANAPOLIS 17 4:48 LEFT, 2ND QTR

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    PHILADELPHIA 7
    INDIANAPOLIS 14 15:00 LEFT, 2ND QTR
    IND BALL ON IND 35 YD LINE
    1ST AND 10

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    END, 1ST QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
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    PHILADELPHIA 7 7
    INDIANAPOLIS 14 14 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: IND - TD, ANTHONY GONZALEZ 3 YD PASS FROM PEYTON
    MANNING (S ANDRUS KICK), 4:43. Drive: 12 plays,
    81 yards in 4:43. INDIANAPOLIS 7-0
    IND - TD, REGGIE WAYNE 76 YD PASS FROM PEYTON
    MANNING

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    TD PHI
    DESEAN JACKSON 39 YD PASS FROM DONOVAN MCNABB
    (DAVID AKERS KICK)
    PHILADELPHIA 7
    INDIANAPOLIS 14 1:11 LEFT, 1ST QTR

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    REGGIE WAYNE 76 YD PASS FROM PEYTON MANNING
    (S ANDRUS KICK)
    PHILADELPHIA 0
    INDIANAPOLIS 14 4:50 LEFT, 1ST QTR

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    INDIANAPOLIS 13 4:50 LEFT, 1ST QTR
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