Manning Breaks Unitas's Record in Win

Associated Press
Sunday, September 17, 2006; 5:03 PM

INDIANAPOLIS -- Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts played a near-perfect game Sunday. The Houston Texans and David Carr looked like, well, their old selves.

Manning threw three touchdown passes, broke one of John Unitas' franchise records, and the Colts scored on six of their first seven possessions to again dominate Houston 43-24.

For Indy (2-0), which is 9-0 all-time against the Texans, it was another milestone day.

Manning broke Unitas' franchise record for completions in the first quarter, Marvin Harrison moved into fifth place on the NFL's receptions list in the third quarter and Tony Dungy earned his 50th regular-season win as Colts coach.

Nobody made it look easier than Manning.

His second TD pass, a 21-yarder to rookie Joseph Addai, gave him 2,797 completions ¿ one more than Unitas had in his Colts career. Manning finished 26-of-38 for 400 yards, his seventh-highest total ever, and had a 129.3 rating despite having one TD pass called back because of a holding penalty on Tarik Glenn.

Harrison finished with seven receptions for 127 yards, his second straight 100-yard day, and passed Art Monk for fifth on the career receptions list. He now has 943 catches, two more than Monk's career total.

Reggie Wayne also had a big day, catching six passes for 135 yards.

Houston (0-2), meanwhile, was dreadful.

How bad was it?

On the game's first offensive play, David Carr was sacked by Robert Mathis before he could even set up in the pocket. Carr fumbled the snap on the next play and Raheem Brock recovered for the Colts at the Texans 16. Three plays later, Manning and Brandon Stokley hooked up for a 10-yard TD pass.

Less than 12 minutes into the game, Carr had already been sacked twice, the Texans had three fumbles and they trailed 14-0.

Defensively, the Texans were nearly as bad. Indy converted eight of its first 10 third-down situations, gave up 515 yards and didn't force a punt until early in the fourth quarter.

Houston's beleaguered offensive line also took some hits. Left tackle Charles Spencer was helped off the field midway with a left knee injury, and center Mike Flanagan hobbled off with a left foot injury.

But it was the Colts' proficient offense that caused the most grief for Houston.

The only time the Colts didn't score in the first three quarters was when Addai was stood up at the goal line and guard Dylan Gandy ran into him, jarring the ball loose. Houston recovered in the end zone.

Otherwise, Indy kept scoring.

Adam Vinatieri connected on a 39-yard field goal midway through the second quarter, and the teams traded field goals in the final two minutes of the half.

Kris Brown hit from 43 yards with 1:54 left, too much time for Manning. He quickly moved Indy into scoring position and appeared to have a 15-yard TD pass to Wayne ¿ before the holding call. Vinatieri's 43-yard field goal made it 20-3.

Manning opened the second half with a 15-yard TD pass to Bryan Fletcher and Vinatieri followed with a 38-yard field goal.

Carr threw late TD passes to Owen Daniels, Mark Bruener and Andre Johnson. He finished 22-of-26 for 219 yards and was sacked four times. Ron Dayne was Houston's top runner, carrying 11 times for 37 yards.


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