QB Peyton Manning threw for 208 yards and four touchdowns on his way to leading the Indianapolis Colts past the 7-7 Jacksonville Jaguars 35-31 Thursday night at Jacksonville Stadium. In the victory Manning became the first quarterback to ever pass over 4,000 yards in ten seasons. The Colts were down by three with five minutes to go when Manning connected with trusted receiver Reggie Wayne for a 65 yard pass for the go-ahead score.
Despite reaching a career milestone during yesterday’s action, Peyton chose to applaud Wayne for coming through in the clutch. “What a huge play when we needed it,” said Manning. “He’s a great player. He comes to play. We haven’t gotten him the ball recently as much as we’d like, but he draws a lot of attention and you still want to get him the ball. His presence allows us to get other guys open.”
Jacksonville stayed right with the Colts through all four quarters. David Garrard completed 23 passes for 223 yards and three touchdowns. “We knew they were going to put up points,” said Jaguars receiver Mike Sims-Walker. “I was saying all game, ‘It’s going to be a shootout.’ They score, we score. We always play them tough. Obviously, we didn’t do a good enough job.” Indianapolis is just two games away from posting perfection this regular season. They will matchup with the New York Jets on December 27th before facing the Buffalo Bills on January 3rd.