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Peyton Manning rolls another 300

Colts veteran passes for 309 yards and three touchdowns, including his 343rd to move into third place all-time.

October 12, 2009|Associated Press

NASHVILLE — Peyton Manning threw for 309 yards and three touchdowns Sunday night, and Indianapolis never trailed in beating AFC South rival Tennessee, 31-9, for its NFL-best 14th consecutive regular-season victory.

Manning joined Kurt Warner and Steve Young as the only NFL quarterbacks to open a season by throwing for at least 300 yards in the first five games.

Manning reached another milestone when he threw a first-quarter touchdown pass, the 343rd of his career, to end a tie with Fran Tarkenton and move into third place behind Brett Favre and Dan Marino.

The Colts (5-0) have not lost since their last visit to Nashville. The Titans (0-5) matched their start in 2006.

After the game, Manning said he would see a doctor for some treatment of his left knee after a hit from Titans end Kyle Vanden Bosch. That's the knee that kept him out of the 2008 preseason and led to a slow start.

Manning needed only the first of Tennessee's two turnovers to put Indianapolis ahead to stay and notch a bit more history for himself. Antoine Bethea knocked the ball loose from Titans tight end Alge Crumpler, and Keyunta Dawson recovered in the first quarter. Five plays later, Manning hit Reggie Wayne on a three-yard touchdown toss.

In the second quarter, Manning completed seven consecutive passes for 81 yards. Joseph Addai capped the drive with a one-yard touchdown run.

Manning needed only 47 seconds to give Indianapolis a 21-9 lead through two quarters. A 93-yard drive was helped by 30 yards of penalties, including a late hit on the quarterback.

Manning finished the drive with a 39-yard touchdown pass to Austin Collie. The two connected in the third quarter on a six-yard touchdown.

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