Final

Colts 18

(1-1, 1-0 away)

Vikings 15

(0-2, 0-1 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, September 14, 2008

Mall of America Field, Minneapolis, MN 

1 2 3 4 T
IND 0 0 7 1118
MIN 6 3 6 015

Top Performers

Passing: P. Manning (IND) - 311 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: A. Peterson (MIN) - 29 CAR, 160 YDS

Receiving: A. Gonzalez (IND) - 9 REC, 137 YDS

Manning rallies Colts, avoids first 0-2 start since 1998

Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Colts were overwhelmed at the line of scrimmage again, and the swarming Minnesota defense frequently pounded Peyton Manning into the Metrodome turf.

The Colts put the Manning touch on another impressive rally, thanks to a handful of clutch completions near the end by their stalwart quarterback, and reminded the Vikings it's just not possible to win without throwing the ball.

Yo Adrian!

Adrian Peterson enjoyed his eighth career 100-yard rushing game Sunday, already fourth-best in Vikings history.

100 yard games,
Vikings history
Robert Smith 29
Chuck Foreman 17
Michael Bennett 9
Adrian Peterson 8

Manning passed for 311 yards and moved Adam Vinatieri in position for the winning field goal with 3 seconds left, leading Indianapolis to an 18-15 victory on Sunday after Minnesota led 15-0 late in the third quarter.

"We played a lot of man, got in their face, got a lot of pressure, but it wasn't enough," said Antoine Winfield, who had one of Manning's two interceptions. "He's been around. He's seen it all. You can never rattle him, I don't think."

Not since his rookie season in 1998 had Manning and the Colts started a season 0-2.

"That's one of the most satisfying wins I've had, definitely, since I've been in Indianapolis," coach Tony Dungy said. "It wasn't the most artistic, and I told the team we've got a lot of glass-half-empty-glass-half-full stuff, but I was very, very proud of our effort."

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The Vikings (0-2) wasted more dominant defense, done in by a handful of critical lapses and repeated failure to figure out that pesky old forward pass. Adrian Peterson rushed for 118 of his 160 yards in the first half, and Minnesota was across midfield on its first eight possessions.

The prize for that? Five field goals by Ryan Longwell and three punts.

"It's real frustrating," said wide receiver Bernard Berrian, who had no catches. "It's kind of embarrassing, actually, to go out there and just have field goals all day. We're moving the ball up and down the field, really, at will. ... The defense played their hearts out today. They did everything they could. I mean, they really handed us the game and we blew it."

Outgained on the ground 183 to 53 yards in last week's 29-13 loss to Chicago, the Colts were outrushed this time 180-25. Three-time Pro Bowl center Jeff Saturday (knee) sat out again, tight end Dallas Clark (knee) didn't play, and left tackle Tony Ugoh (groin) was also lost to injury. The defense lost star safety Bob Sanders (ankle), too.

Manning hasn't looked all that sharp since coming back from summer knee surgery, but he's clearly still one of the NFL's best. He finished 26-for-42 and was sacked by Jared Allen and E.J. Henderson.

"Our running game is -- it's hard to call it a running game right now," Manning said. "We don't have much of that. We have a pretty one-dimensional team."

That didn't matter.

The last of Longwell's field goals -- he later missed from 48 yards, his leg perhaps tired from scoring all the points himself -- sliced through with 4:13 left in the third quarter.

On the next possession, Manning found a wide-open Anthony Gonzalez for a 58-yard completion on third-and-6 at his own 24. Gonzalez lateraled to Reggie Wayne as he went down, and the ball was eventually spotted at the 1. Joseph Addai, held to 20 yards on 15 carries, barely got in on third down after an unsuccessful challenge by Minnesota coach Brad Childress to cut the lead to 15-7.

In the fourth, Manning moved the Colts from their 39 to the end zone with passes of 17, 12 and 32 yards -- the last a touchdown to Wayne. Dominic Rhodes sneaked through the pile on a 2-point conversion to tie it at 15 with 5:54 left.

To finish it in the final minute, Manning zinged a pass up the middle to Wayne on third-and-9. Vinatieri, who missed a 30-yarder earlier, made a 47-yard kick with 3 seconds on the clock to seal the victory.

"I know the Vikings feel just as sick as we felt last week in that locker room," Manning said. "A couple plays here and there. and we're feeling sick in this locker room."

Two possessions in the final six minutes both resulted in three-and-outs for the Vikings, each time bringing boos from the frustrated crowd. Tarvaris Jackson, who finished 14-for-24 for 130 yards and one lost fumble, tried to go deep on third-and-6 from the 35 to Berrian but watched it fall incomplete as Berrian tripped in tight coverage with 4 1/2 minutes left.

"You can get mad, throw a chair, whatever. It really doesn't matter," Jackson said. "We've just got to go out there and execute."

Game notes


The Vikings lost WR Sidney Rice to an injured right knee. ... The last time the Colts played here was 1997, a 39-28 loss that clinched the first overall draft pick they used on Manning the following spring. That was also the last game time the Vikings had a local TV blackout for a shortage of advance ticket sales.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
Indianapolis
Minnesota
1st Downs1716
3rd down efficiency
6-152-13
4th down efficiency
0-00-0
Total Yards321299
Yards per play5.14.8
Total Drives10
Passing296120
Comp-Att
26-4214-24
Yards per pass
7.05.0
Interceptions thrown
20
Sacks-Yards Lost
2-152-10
Rushing25179
Rushing Attempts
1936
Yards per rush
1.35.0
Penalties5-452-5
Turnovers21
Fumbles lost
01
Interceptions thrown
20
Possession27:2632:34

Passing Leaders

INDC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Manning26/423117.4122-15
MINC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Jackson14/241305.4002-10

Rushing Leaders

INDCARYDSAVGTDLG
Addai15201.317
Rhodes252.504
MINCARYDSAVGTDLG
Peterson291605.5029
Taylor4184.507

Receiving Leaders

INDRECYDSAVGTDLG
Gonzalez913715.2058
Wayne59318.6132
MINRECYDSAVGTDLG
Wade34214.0022
Allison23718.5021

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERINDMIN
FG10:10Ryan Longwell 45 Yd 03
FG00:09Ryan Longwell 27 Yd 06
SECOND QUARTERINDMIN
FG00:00Ryan Longwell 53 Yd 09
THIRD QUARTERINDMIN
FG10:38Ryan Longwell 46 Yd 012
FG04:09Ryan Longwell 28 Yd 015
TD01:24Joseph Addai 1 Yd Run (Adam Vinatieri Kick) 715
FOURTH QUARTERINDMIN
TD05:54Reggie Wayne 32 Yd Pass From Peyton Manning (Dominic Rhodes Run For Two-Point Conversion) 1515
FG00:03Adam Vinatieri 47 Yd 1815