Final

Colts 31

(3-0, 2-0 away)

Cardinals 10

(1-2, 0-2 home)

Coverage: NBC

8:20 PM ET, September 27, 2009

U of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ 

1 2 3 4 T
IND 0 21 7 331
ARI 3 0 7 010

Top Performers

Passing: P. Manning (IND) - 379 YDS, 4 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: J. Addai (IND) - 13 CAR, 63 YDS

Receiving: R. Wayne (IND) - 7 REC, 126 YDS, 1 TD

Manning, Colts too much for Warner, Cardinals

Associated Press

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Maybe they should call the place Manning Manor.

On the field where little brother Eli led the New York Giants to a Super Bowl triumph two seasons ago, Peyton Manning threw four touchdown passes in his first game there, three in the second quarter, to power the Indianapolis Colts past Kurt Warner and the turnover-plagued Arizona Cardinals 31-10.

Fast Facts

• Peyton Manning threw for 379 yards and four touchdowns, the eighth time he's had 300-plus yards and four touchdowns in a game. That's tied for second most since the 1970 merger.

• Dallas Clark caught a 10-yard touchdown pass, his 19th since 2007 which leads NFL tight ends.

• The Colts entered the game ranked 30th in rushing at 66.0 per game but had 122, their most since Oct. 28, 2007.

• Kurt Warner attempted 52 passes, the third time he's done that in his career (1-2).

• Rapid Reaction

-- ESPN Stats & Information

The Colts' quarterback completed 24 of 35 for 379 yards with one interception.

"He knew what plays to call at the right time," Arizona defensive tackle Darnell Dockett said, "and we couldn't stop them."

The game featured two of the most prolific quarterbacks in NFL history in Manning and Warner. But while Manning's line gave him time to carve up the Cardinals' defense, the 38-year-old Warner was under a fierce rush all night long.

"I think that was the key to the game, personally," said Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney, who was in Warner's face throughout before leaving with a quadriceps injury late in the third quarter. "Our offensive line did a great job protecting Peyton, giving him time to find his receivers. And then I think collectively as a defense we put pressure on Warner and had him uncomfortable all game."

It didn't help that Arizona turned the ball over twice deep in Indianapolis territory, either.

"Against good football teams, ones that play as well as they did tonight offensively, you can't make those mistakes," Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said, "and that's what we did."

Warner was 30 of 52 for 332 yards and one score but was picked off twice.

Despite being on the field for 84 plays in the Colts' victory at Miami on Monday night, the Indianapolis defense was tough. After allowing 239 yards on the ground against the Dolphins, the Colts allowed 24 yards in 12 attempts against Arizona.

Of course, the Cardinals all but abandoned the ground game when they fell far behind, a situation that the Colts' defensive line relished.

"We kind of lick our chops," Freeney said. "This is what we want."

Indianapolis safety Antoine Bethea recovered a fumble at the 5 to stop one Arizona drive and intercepted a deflected pass in the end zone to thwart another.

Manning had four TD passes in a game for the 18th time, moving him ahead of Johnny Unitas into third on the NFL career list, behind Dan Marino's 21 and Brett Favre's 20.

Manning topped 300 yards passing for the third time in three this season, giving him 50 for his career.

"The thing is that we constantly have to make certain that we don't take it for granted," coach Jim Caldwell said of Manning's performances. "He's had some just unbelievable games. ... I think he amazes us every time he does it, but he does it so often if you don't watch yourself you can think that it's commonplace, but it certainly is not."

Manning started slow but sliced and diced the Cardinals with a show of precision in the second quarter.

"We were kind of figuring things out as we went along," he said. "Once we got into a comfort zone, we really executed from there."

He threw 20 yards to Reggie Wayne for the first score, 10 yards to Dallas Clark for the second and a nifty 53 yards to Pierre Garcon as Indianapolis took a 21-3 halftime lead.

Manning added a 3-yard TD toss to Joseph Addai in the third quarter to make it 28-10.

The Cardinals, up 3-0 early, drove deep into Indianapolis territory but Tim Hightower fumbled at the 5.

The Colts (3-0) then went 95 yards in 11 plays for the touchdown that put them ahead for good.

"That just kind of took the wind out of us," Whisenhunt said.

Wayne made a one-handed grab of Manning's pass at the pylon on a 20-yard play that put the Colts up 7-3 with 9:04 left in the half.

"Can't draw that up," Manning said. "You know he's capable of making those plays. ... Those are the plays we expect him to make."

After Indianapolis stuffed Arizona's offense, the Colts went 57 yards in six plays, Manning throwing 10 yards to Clark to make it 14-3 with 5:49 to go in the half.

The prettiest score came when Manning lofted a pass down the sideline into the outstretched arms of Garcon on a 53-yard scoring play that made it 21-3 with 1:52 to go in the half.

Warner drove the Cardinals (1-2) to the Indianapolis 1-yard line in the final seconds of the half. He threw to Steve Breaston at the goal line but Melvin Bullitt didn't allow the receiver into the end zone.

On the next play, Warner threw under pressure toward Larry Fitzgerald in the end zone. Tim Jennings deflected the ball in the air and Bethea intercepted.

Arizona took the second half kickoff and went 73 yards in eight plays, with Warner throwing 10 yards to Anquan Boldin for the touchdown to cut it to 21-10 with 10:50 to play in the third.

But a 72-yard pass play from Manning to rookie Donald Brown set up the 3-yard TD toss to Addai to boost the lead to 28-10 with 2:26 left in the quarter.

Freeney limped off the field at the end of the third quarter with a right leg injury and did not return. He said he "felt something pop" in his right quadriceps and planned to undergo an MRI Monday or Tuesday.

Arizona, 8-2 at home last season, fell to 0-2 there this season, with echoes of boos through what was left of the crowd as Warner was sacked for a 28-yard loss on fourth down with about 6½ minutes to play.

Game notes


Dockett left with an ankle injury in the first quarter but returned and played despite the injury. ... The Cardinals have a bye next week. ... The Colts rolled up 505 yards. ... Two injured Indianapolis defensive starters -- MLB Gary Brackett (left knee) and CB Kelvin Hayden (sore hamstring) -- were inactive.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
IND
ARI
1st Downs2221
Passing 1st downs
1518
Rushing 1st downs
60
1st downs from Penalties
13
3rd down efficiency
3-114-14
4th down efficiency
1-21-2
Total Plays6670
Total Yards505323
Yards per play7.74.6
Total Drives1313
Passing379299
Comp - Att
24-3532-54
Yards per pass
10.85.5
Interceptions thrown
12
Sacks - Yards Lost
0-04-40
Rushing12624
Rushing Attempts
3112
Yards per rush
4.12.0
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-51-4
Penalties7-695-35
Turnovers13
Fumbles lost
01
Interceptions thrown
12
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession31:4228:18

Passing Leaders

INDC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Manning24/3537910.8410-0
ARIC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Warner30/523326.4124-40
Leinart2/273.5000-0

Rushing Leaders

INDCARYDSAVGTDLG
Addai13634.8013
Brown14402.9023
ARICARYDSAVGTDLG
Hightower9222.407
Wright144.004

Receiving Leaders

INDRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Wayne712618.01339
Brown17272.00722
ARIRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Breaston79413.402510
Boldin68313.811811

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERINDARI
ariFG02:46Neil Rackers 38 Yd 03
SECOND QUARTERINDARI
indTD09:04Reggie Wayne 20 Yd Pass From Peyton Manning (Adam Vinatieri Kick) 73
indTD05:49Dallas Clark 10 Yd Pass From Peyton Manning (Adam Vinatieri Kick) 143
indTD01:52Pierre Garcon 53 Yd Pass From Peyton Manning (Adam Vinatieri Kick) 213
THIRD QUARTERINDARI
ariTD10:50Anquan Boldin 10 Yd Pass From Kurt Warner (Neil Rackers Kick) 2110
indTD02:26Joseph Addai 3 Yd Pass From Peyton Manning (Adam Vinatieri Kick) 2810
FOURTH QUARTERINDARI
indFG11:31Adam Vinatieri 26 Yd 3110