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Colts... 38 Texans... 15

December 24, 2007|From the Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Colts wanted the game to be a playoff tuneup. Instead, the Super Bowl champs turned it into an offensive showcase.

Peyton Manning threw three touchdown passes, Joseph Addai and Clifton Dawson ran for touchdowns, and the Colts scored on six of their first eight possessions in a 38-15 rout of the Houston Texans.

In what was likely to be the last significant action for the Colts' starters until mid-January when the AFC's No. 2-seeded team will play in the divisional round of the playoffs, Manning & Co. finished with 458 yards, scored 38 unanswered points and won their sixth in a row.

Manning was 28 for 35 for 311 yards with a rating of 132.3 before leaving late in the third quarter. Three running backs -- Addai, Dawson and Kenton Keith -- combined to give the Colts (13-2) their first 100-yard rushing day since Thanksgiving. Houston fell to 7-8.

Quoteworthy: "I think it says a lot about guys taking their jobs seriously and being professional by coming out and getting a win today." -- Peyton Manning, Colts quarterback

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