No rest on the sideline this time for Peyton Manning.
Back on the field the entire game after being relieved for the first time in his two-year career, Manning passed for 198 yards and a touchdown, and the streaking Indianapolis Colts beat the New York Jets, 13-6, today.
The victory was the seventh straight for the Colts (9-2), the longest winning streak for the franchise since the Baltimore Colts won nine in a row in 1975. It put them a game ahead of the Dolphins entering an AFC East showdown next week at Miami.
Manning, who as a rookie in 1998 was the only NFL quarterback on the field for all of his team's offensive plays, ended his streak of 1,590 consecutive snaps last week, when Steve Walsh relieved him with a 44-3 third-quarter lead at Philadelphia.
But the Jets (4-7), who lost to Indianapolis 16-13 last month, didn't give Manning and Co. the luxury of a big lead. Manning had a two-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Pollard in the first quarter, and two field goals by Mike Vanderjagt were the only other points the Colts could manage.
Indianapolis has scored no fewer than 25 points in any other game, but got just 29 in sweeping the Jets, who had won three in a row.
New York moved to the Indianapolis 17 with a chance to tie in the closing minutes, but a holding penalty on Kerry Jenkins set the Jets back to the 27. Two long passes by Lucas were broken up in the end zone by Billy Austin, giving the Colts the ball on downs for the final 1 minute 39 seconds.
Edgerrin James, the NFL leader in total yards from scrimmage, had 74 yards rushing and 53 receiving. Manning's touchdown pass to Pollard gave him at least one scoring pass in an NFL-best 24 straight games.
The Jets, the only AFC East team with a losing record, got a field goal by John Hall on the opening possession and another just one minute later, after James fumbled at the Indianapolis 39. But New York's 6-0 lead lasted just more than six minutes.
Manning was 7 for 8 on the following drive, including 16 yards to E.G. Green and 23 yards to James to the Jets 2. The scoring pass to Pollard on the next play tied Manning for the NFL's sixth-longest streak with at least one touchdown pass.
CAPTION: Running back Edgerrin James, who leads the league in total yards from scrimmage, shows why by shaking free from diving Jets linebacker Roman Phifer.