INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts weren't themselves. Against winless Detroit, they didn't need to be.
The Lions, seemingly on their way to the first 0-16 season in NFL history, were victimized in the fourth quarter by Peyton Manning and the Colts, falling, 31-21.
Despite missed tackles and two lost fumbles, Manning kept the Colts (10-4) on track for a playoff run. And he kept the Lions (0-14) on track for a winless year. The win was the Colts' seventh straight and assured them of a seventh consecutive season with 10 or more victories. It also put Indianapolis on the cusp of a seventh consecutive playoff spot.
Manning threw for 318 yards and one touchdown. Dallas Clark set a franchise record for tight ends by catching 12 passes for 142 yards and a score.
Quoteworthy: "It's tough to swallow, everybody says we stink. We don't have much debate with that." -- Dan Orlovsky, Lions quarterback