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Colts hand Manning, Broncos first loss in his return to Indianapolis
Seattle Times news services
INDIANAPOLIS — Andrew Luck threw for three touchdowns and ran for another Sunday night, outplaying predecessor Peyton Manning in a 39-33 victory over the previously unbeaten Denver Broncos.
The victory ended the Broncos’ 17-game regular-season winning streak in the first game Manning played against his former team since being released in March 2012.
Manning finished 29 of 49 for 386 yards with three TDs and one interception. He was sacked four times and tried desperately to rally the Broncos (6-1) late.
But the Colts (5-2) took advantage of his and Denver’s uncharacteristic mistakes.
“This is a game we need to learn from,” Manning said. “We, I guess, had four turnovers and still somehow had a chance to win that game. I certainly would have liked to have seen it go to a two-point game down at the end, but we never got there. We certainly have to improve because we weren’t as sharp execution-wise as we would like to be.”
• St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford injured his knee badly late in a game at Carolina. League sources told ESPN that Bradford might have torn his ACL. Bradford was to have an MRI on the knee late Sunday night. He had X-rays after he was carted from the field with just under five minutes left.
Before the St. Louis Rams lost their starting quarterback and the game, they lost something that drives coaches crazy: Their poise. And that has Jeff Fisher concerned.
The Rams were flagged five times for personal fouls — two of those on offensive lineman Harvey Dahl — and defensive end Chris Long was ejected for throwing a punch in a 30-15 loss to the Carolina Panthers.
Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith said Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins taunted him during by making derogatory comments about his wife.
“I don’t play them games. And if I see him on the street, I’m going to bust him in the mouth,” he said with an expletive. Smith had five catches for 69 yards.
• New England’s Rob Gronkowski had eight receptions for 114 yards in his first appearance of the season in New England’s 30-27 loss to the New York Jets.