Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning throws a pass in the first quarter against the Baltimore Ravens in Indianapolis, Sunday, Dec. 19, 2004.
AP Photo/Michael Conroy
INDIANAPOLIS Peyton Manning couldn't get a record-setting touchdown pass against Baltimore's rugged defense. But he got the Indianapolis Colts a victory.
Manning led two second-half touchdown drives, pulling within one of Dan Marino's record for touchdown passes in a season, and the Colts defeated Baltimore 20-10 on Sunday night for their seventh straight victory.
Manning has 47 TD passes; Marino had 48 in 1984.
The fans even booed when Manning knelt down twice in the final minute at the Baltimore 4, running out the clock with a chance to tie the record.
''That's the right way to play,'' Manning said. ''If they were to call timeout right there, maybe it'd be a little bit different. They were kind of conceding that the game was over.''
Before the game, city officials agreed to build a new retractable roof stadium that would keep the team in Indianapolis for 30 more years. But the fans were in a festive mood for another reason: Manning's pursuit of Marino's single-season record. They waved signs and had banners that counted down the touchdown mark.
The Ravens snuffed out that celebration by using extra defensive backs and shifts to confuse Manning and control the clock when Baltimore had the ball.
It worked for a while.
Manning fell short of Marino's record for the second straight week, but extended his own NFL record of consecutive 4,000-yard seasons to six. He finished 20 of 33 for 249 yards and one touchdown.
Baltimore's playoff hopes took a hit. The Ravens (8-6) are now tied with Buffalo, Jacksonville and Denver for the final wild-card spot in the AFC race.
Reggie Wayne caught eight passes for 88 yards to top the 1,000-yard mark for the first time in his four-year career.
Jamal Lewis carried 20 times for 130 yards, the 25th 100-yard game of his career, and Boller finished 19 of 40 for 210 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.
Indianapolis sealed the win when Gary Brackett picked off Boller's pass and ran it 71 yards to the Baltimore 4, giving Manning one more chance to tie the record. Fans roared when Manning returned to the field, but booed when he took a knee.
Colts 20, Ravens 10
Baltimore 0 3 0 7 10
Indianapolis 3 3 14 0 20
IndFG Vanderjagt 24, 11:17.
BalFG Stover 42, 13:04.
IndFG Vanderjagt 33, :01.
IndHarrison 29 pass from Manning (Vanderjagt kick), 5:54.
IndJames 3 run (Vanderjagt kick), :28.
BalHeap 13 pass from Boller (Stover kick), 12:50.
First downs 19 17
Total NetYards 354 316
Rushes-yards 29-160 24-67
Passing 194 249
Punt Returns 3-27 1-14
Kickoff Returns 5-129 2-51
Interceptions Ret. 0-0 2-103
Comp-Att-Int 19-40-2 20-33-0
Sacked-Yards Lost 2-16 0-0
Punts 5-39.0 6-48.7
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 1-0
Penalties-Yards 7-35 5-28
Time ofPossession 31:22 28:38
RUSHINGBaltimore, J.Lewis 20-130, C.Taylor 7-22, White 1-6, Boller 1-2. Indianapolis, James 22-69, Manning 2-(minus 2).
PASSINGBaltimore, Boller 19-40-2-210. Indianapolis, Manning 20-33-0-249.
RECEIVINGBaltimore, Heap 4-58, K.Johnson 4-33, T.Taylor 2-39, C.Taylor 2-20, J.Lewis 2-17, Moore 1-17, Dinkins 1-10, Jones 1-7, White 1-6, Ricard 1-3. Indianapolis, Wayne 8-88, Harrison 5-73, Stokley 3-18, Pollard 2-34, James 1-23, Clark 1-13.
MISSED FIELD GOALSBaltimore, Stover 31 (BK). Indianapolis, Vanderjagt 33 (WR).
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