Colts 31

(4-0, 2-0 away)

Jets 28

(2-2, 0-2 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, October 1, 2006

Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ 

1 2 3 4 T
IND 7 7 0 1731
NYJ 0 14 0 1428

Top Performers

Passing: P. Manning (IND) - 217 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: J. Addai (IND) - 20 CAR, 84 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: L. Coles (NYJ) - 6 REC, 81 YDS

Jets leave Manning too much time in Colts' wild win

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Peyton Manning watched the fourth-quarter lead his Colts had just taken vanish in a flash when the New York Jets returned the ensuing kickoff 103 yards.

Wild finish
How the Jets moved downfield on their multi-lateral, multi-fumble final play against the Colts:
• 3rd-and-3, Jets 32: (Shotgun) Chad Pennington pass short middle to Leon Washington to Jets 40 for 8 yards
• Lateral to Brad Smith to Jets 37 for minus-3 yards
• Lateral to Laveranues Coles to Colts 44 for 19 yards
• Lateral to Pennington to Colts 37 for 7 yards
• Lateral to Justin McCareins to Colts 35 for 2 yards. FUMBLE
• Fumble recovered by Brad Smith at Colts 33, to Colts 37 for minus-4 yards. FUMBLE
• Fumble recovered by Coles at Colts 40, to Colts 27 for 13 yards
• Lateral to Nick Mangold to Colts 27, no gain. FUMBLE
• Fumble recovered by Colts CB Jason David at Colts 34, to Colts 39 for 5 yards (tackle L.Washington)

Cool, calm and ever the leader, the Indianapolis Colts quarterback just jogged back on the field with a little more than 2 minutes left and took charge.

"There truly never was any panic," Manning said. "When they ran the kickoff back, we were just getting back on the bench. We didn't have time to get mad or to panic."

They certainly had plenty of time to ruin the Jets' victory plans.

After Justin Miller's 103-yard dash gave New York the lead with 2:20 left, Manning led Indianapolis on the type of efficient drive that has defined his career -- capping it with a 1-yard run that gave the Colts a wild 31-28 victory Sunday.

"It can be deflating to see Miller run that kickoff back, but it only is if it's the last play of the game," Manning said. "There wasn't a whole lot of talk. We said, 'Here are the plays we're thinking about. Let's go down and get it in the end zone.' "

Manning was 6-of-8 for 60 yards on the drive, including a 19-yard pass to Marvin Harrison and a 15-yarder to Reggie Wayne that put the ball at the 1. Running the no-huddle offense, Manning then took the ball and pushed himself into the end zone.

"I was pumped," Manning said. "You practice those two-minute drills all the time. Everybody's played that backyard game where you envision the last play of the game. Anytime you can do it in New York, it adds a little something to it."

Career receptions leaders
1. Jerry Rice1,549
2. Cris Carter 1,101
3. Tim Brown 1,094
4. x-Marvin Harrison 956
5. Andre Reed 951
6. Art Monk 940
7. Jimmy Smith 862
8. Irving Fryar 851
9. x-Isaac Bruce 833
10. x-Keenan McCardell 831
x -- active

But it wasn't over just yet.

With 8 seconds left, the Jets got off one last, desperate circus play: a never-ending lateral-fest that almost worked. Chad Pennington threw a short pass to Leon Washington, who ran for an 8-yard gain and lateraled the ball to Brad Smith.

That was just the beginning.

A series of four laterals -- including one back to Pennington, who then threw a crosswise pass to Justin McCareins to keep the chaos rolling -- and two fumbles recovered by the Jets followed, with center Nick Mangold finally losing the ball at the Colts 35 and Jason Davis recovering for Indianapolis (4-0) to end the game.

"Once we crossed the 50 and with the pass I tossed to Justin, I thought, 'Uh-oh ... something good's going to happen,' " Pennington said, adding that the team has practiced the play.

"You never know when it might come down to that," Washington said. "It's important for us to just stay alive, keep fighting."

For a few moments, it appeared Miller's kickoff return was going to be the winning play. He took the ball out of the end zone shortly after he was called for a costly pass interference penalty that helped set up the Colts' go-ahead touchdown by Bryan Fletcher with 2:34 left.

"That play was behind me right after they made that call," Miller said.

Defensive end Ryan LaCasse and kicker Martin Gramatica each had a chance to tackle him at about the Colts 40, but Miller shook off the attempts and sped into the end zone. It had the Giants Stadium crowd in a frenzy and the Jets (2-2) sensing a victory.

But with Manning on the other side, they should've known better.

"It's difficult to be fazed by anything when you have guys like Peyton Manning in the huddle," Fletcher said.

Manning finished 21-of-30 for 217 yards and a touchdown. With the scoring pass to Fletcher, he became the second-fastest quarterback to throw 250 touchdown passes in his career, doing it in 132 games; only Dan Marino (128) reached that number faster.

On their first possession of the third quarter, the Jets got the ball at their 21 and marched down the field on a nearly 8½-minute drive to the 2-yard line. Cedric Houston ran the ball twice but failed to gain a yard -- and injured his left knee on the second run. He was carted off the field, and his status wasn't immediately known.

The Jets decided to go for it on fourth-and-goal rather than try a field goal, but Pennington threw an interception -- his first in the red zone in his career -- caught by Rocky Boiman in the back of the right corner of the end zone.

"It's fourth down," said Pennington, who was 17-of-23 for 207 yards. "Once the guy got around my waist, I knew I had to put the ball up in the air. I can't think about stats, interceptions and all of that."

The Colts then went on a 15-play drive to regain the lead, 17-14, on Gramatica's 20-yard field goal.

New York came right back and regained the lead on Kevan Barlow's second touchdown run of the game, a 5-yard scamper to give the Jets a 21-17 lead.

Jets coach Eric Mangini pulled out two trick plays in the first half, the first Mike Nugent's onside kick that bounced into Kerry Rhodes' hands.

New York caught the Colts off guard again on fourth-and-1 from the Indianapolis 30, lining Brad Smith at quarterback and putting Pennington as a wide receiver on a play that resulted in a first down. Barlow barreled through the right side seven plays later to give the Jets a 14-7 lead.

Joseph Addai's 2-yard run capped an 11-play drive with 16 seconds left before halftime.

Game notes

Colts TE Ben Utecht bruised his back while making a catch in the third quarter and didn't return. ... Harrison, who had seven catches for 79 yards, moved past Andre Reed for fourth on the NFL's career list. He has 956, trailing only Tim Brown (1,094), Cris Carter (1,101) and Jerry Rice (1,549). Harrison also tied Marshall Faulk's NFL record for most consecutive games with a reception to start a career, catching a pass in his 158th straight game. ... Miller's kickoff return for a TD was the second of his career.

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs2623
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays6863
Total Yards352321
Yards per play5.25.1
Total Drives1011
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)4-53-4
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs01

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

indTD12:32Dominic Rhodes, 6 yd run (Martin Gramatica kick is good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 26 yds, 1:34
nyjTD10:20Jerricho Cotchery, 33 yd pass from Chad Pennington
Drive info: 5 plays, 65 yds, 3:12
nyjTD4:47Kevan Barlow, 1 yd run (Mike Nugent kick is good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 57 yds, 5:26
indTD0:19Joseph Addai, 2 yd run (Martin Gramatica kick is good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 85 yds, 4:28
indFG13:02Martin Gramatica 20 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 15 plays, 78 yds, 6:33
nyjTD7:55Kevan Barlow, 5 yd run (Mike Nugent kick is good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 62 yds, 5:03
indTD2:40Bryan Fletcher, 2 yd pass from Peyton Manning (Martin Gramatica kick is good)
Drive info: 12 plays, 68 yds, 5:21
nyjTD2:34Justin Miller, 103 yd kickoff return (Mike Nugent kick is good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 103 yds, 0:00
indTD0:50Peyton Manning, 1 yd run (Martin Gramatica kick is good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 61 yds, 1:30