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Peyton Manning rallies the Colts four times

He throws for 303 yards and two touchdowns, and earns 119th victory, a franchise record for a quarterback.

September 22, 2009|Associated Press

MIAMI — Peyton Manning threw two touchdown passes and the Indianapolis Colts rallied four times to win, 27-23, Monday night.

Manning had the ball for less than 15 minutes but threw touchdown passes of 80 yards to Dallas Clark and 48 yards to Pierre Garcon.

The first score came on the first play from scrimmage, the latter with 3 minutes 18 seconds to play.

"It was about being efficient when it counted, in the fourth quarter," Manning said. "That's really what the game's about."

Manning was 14 for 23 for 303 yards, and the Colts improved to 2-0. The Dolphins fell to 0-2 even though they had 239 yards rushing.

Indianapolis had the ball for only 14:53, the lowest time of possession for a winning team in the NFL since 1977.

The Colts trailed, 10-7, 13-10 and 20-13, but each time pulled even. After Miami scored with 3:50 left to take a 23-20 lead, the Colts rallied one more time with a big play by Garcon.

"Pierre was patient," Manning said. "He was more talkative than he had been all game, saying, 'I can beat him. I can beat him.' Of course we didn't get many possessions, but he came up big when we really needed him."

After completions of 15 and 17 yards, Manning hit Garcon with a short pass on the right side. Garcon cut to the middle, then broke back toward the corner of the end zone to score.

Miami reached the Colts 30 with six seconds left, but Chad Pennington's pass was intercepted in the end zone by Antoine Bethea.

Manning earned his 119th victory with the Colts, breaking the team record for a quarterback he shared with Johnny Unitas.

"I don't feel comfortable with these comparisons to Unitas," Manning said. "But I'm very proud to wear the same uniform as Johnny Unitas. He was a real winner."

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