Following Peyton Manning’s farewell to the NFL press conference, Bullseye reviews Manning’s top 10 moment in Indianapolis. Part II of that series counts down numbers 6-4.
6) 4th-and-2 game vs. New England Patriots
In November of 2009, the Colts and Patriots squared off once again at Lucas Oil Stadium. It was in this game that Patriots head coach Bill Belichick showed perhaps the most reverence for Peyton Manning, opting to go for it on 4th-and-2 late in the game with a small lead, as opposed to punting and giving Manning and the Colts a game-winning drive opportunity.
Brady’s pass to Kevin Faulk was caught right at the first down marker, but officials ultimately ruled Faulk short, leaving Manning with a short field for the eventual game-winning touchdown in the final minute to receiver Reggie Wayne.
5) First playoff victory
Peyton’s first playoff victory came in the 2003 wild-card matchup with…guess who, the Denver Broncos.
Manning was brilliant in the 41-10 victory over Denver, recording 377 yards and five TDs against the Broncos defense, which earned Manning his first ever perfect passer rating of 158.3.
4) Monday Night Miracle vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Whenever Colts fans think of Peyton Manning’s numerous comebacks as an Indianapolis Colt, one of the first that comes to mind is the Monday Night Miracle in Tampa Bay on head coach Tony Dungy’s birthday.
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