Seahawks 17

(1-3, 0-2 away)

Colts 34

(4-0, 2-0 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, October 4, 2009

Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN 

1 2 3 4 T
SEA 0 3 0 1417
IND 7 14 7 634

Top Performers

Passing: P. Manning (IND) - 353 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: J. Addai (IND) - 12 CAR, 46 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: T. Houshmandzadeh (SEA) - 8 REC, 103 YDS

Manning ties Tarkenton for with 342nd TD pass; Colts win 13th straight

Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS -- Peyton Manning is back in his old groove.

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The clock-beating drives, the milestones, the victories are all part of his weekly routine again. Not even those opponents trying to play keep-away can foil the three-time MVP these days.

Manning led the Colts to touchdowns on four of their first five drives Sunday, tied league marks established by Fran Tarkenton and Dan Marino and extended Indianapolis' regular-season winning streak to 13 with a 34-17 victory over Seattle.

"We played greatness today," Seattle coach Jim Mora said. "He's one of the finest of all times."

For Manning, whose trophy case already includes three MVP awards and a Super Bowl ring, it's been possibly his most impressive start in 12 NFL seasons.

On Sunday, he was 31 of 41 for 353 yards, marking the first time Manning has topped 300 yards in four consecutive games. It's also a franchise record.

Peyton Does It Again

With 353 passing yards against the Seahawks, the Colts' Peyton Manning became only the third quarterback since 1970 to start a season with four straight 300-yard games. Manning did most of his damage with a near perfect first half.

Manning vs. Seahawks
1st half 2nd half
Comp-Att 17-20 14-21
Yards 220 133
TD-Int 2-0 0-1
Passer rtg 145.8 64.2

-- ESPN Stats and Information

By that point, Manning had already reached two other milestones. His first TD pass went to Reggie Wayne for a 5-yard score, making Manning and Marino the only quarterbacks in league history to throw 55 TD passes to two different receivers. Manning threw 112 TDs to Marvin Harrison.

The second TD pass, a 21-yarder to rookie Austin Collie after a brilliant audible, put Manning alongside Tarkenton for No. 3 on the NFL's career list. Both have 342, trailing only Marino (420) and Brett Favre (469).

That accomplishment came with a personal touch.

"Fran and my dad are friends and my dad has told me great stories about Fran Tarkenton," Manning said. "He was a unique player."

Manning's amazing efficiency is his signature trait.

Fast Facts

• The Colts won their 13th straight regular-season game, the longest current streak in the NFL, and also won their eighth straight at home dating to last season.

• With 353 passing yards, Peyton Manning has four straight 300-yard games to start the season. Only Kurt Warner in 2000 and Steve Young in 1998 had longer streaks to begin a year since the 1970 merger (six each).

• The Colts have seen their point total increase in each of their four games (14, 27, 31, 34).

• Seneca Wallace finished with 257 passing yards, the second-highest game total of his career.

• Rapid Reaction

-- ESPN Stats & Information

In the first half, only three of Manning's 20 passes hit the ground -- one was a throwaway, one was batted at the line and one was overthrown.

Seattle (1-3), which was again missing quarterback Matt Hasselbeck (rib) and left tackle Walter Jones (knee), didn't have the firepower to avoid losing its third straight -- or keeping up with Manning's efficiency.

"With our situation being what it is, it's going to be tough until we get back to full strength," Seahawks coach Jim Mora said. "We have a small margin for error, and we made some errors."

Manning wasted no time in taking advantage.

He gave the ball to rookie Donald Brown for a 1-yard scoring run to make it 7-0. Two series later, Manning hooked up with Wayne for a 14-0 lead with 5:29 left in the half.

Seattle got on the scoreboard with a 38-yard field goal, but left Manning with 1 minute, 22 seconds to go -- too much time to score. Manning took the Colts 78 yards in 79 seconds, with a nifty throw-and-catch to Collie with 3 seconds left.

"With 9 seconds left, you look at some things and you may not try that with a more inexperienced quarterback," Colts coach Jim Caldwell said. "But this guy has been around a long time and he knows how to take care of the ball."

The Colts sealed the outcome with Joseph Addai's 12-yard run midway through the fourth quarter, two field goals from Adam Vinatieri and a solid defensive performance that limited Seattle to just 49 yards rushing.

Seneca Wallace, Hasselbeck's replacement, got Seattle into the end zone twice in the final three minutes and was 33 of 45 for 257 yards with one TD, two lost fumbles and five sacks -- one by Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney who wasn't even expected to play Sunday.

Manning made sure they never had a chance.

"Our guys are doing a great job of catching that ball and getting yards after the catch," he said. "I'd say as a group, we might be doing that as well as we've done. That sure does make drives a lot more efficient when you're throwing 7 yards and getting 20 yards out of it."

Game notes

Seahawks guard Rob Sims sprained his left ankle and defensive end Patrick Kerney pulled his groin and will be evaluated Monday. ... Colts left tackle Charlie Johnson hurt his knee during the game and did not return. ... Edgerrin James had four carries for 16 yards in his return to Indy, where fans applauded loudly the first time he touched the ball and again when a video tribute was shown between the third and fourth quarters. Afterward he and his ex-teammates took pictures together.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs2024
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays6963
Total Yards279431
Yards per play4.06.8
Total Drives1110
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-34-6
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

indTD6:12Donald Brown 1 Yard Run (Adam Vinatieri Kick is Good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 80 yds, 5:38
indTD5:36Reggie Wayne 5 Yard Pass From Peyton Manning (Adam Vinatieri Kick is Good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 90 yds, 4:01
seaFG1:26Olindo Mare 38 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 11 plays, 57 yds, 4:07
indTD0:09Austin Collie 21 Yard Pass From Peyton Manning (Adam Vinatieri Kick is Good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 78 yds, 1:19
indTD8:06Joseph Addai 12 Yard Run (Adam Vinatieri Kick is Good)
Drive info: 12 plays, 80 yds, 6:58
indFG8:56Adam Vinatieri 37 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 7 plays, 29 yds, 3:08
indFG6:59Adam Vinatieri 19 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 4 plays, 4 yds, 1:16
seaTD3:05Seneca Wallace 7 Yard Run (Olindo Mare Kick is Good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 70 yds, 3:59
seaTD0:22Owen Schmitt 1 Yard Pass From Seneca Wallace (Olindo Mare Kick is Good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 54 yds, 2:40