They beat the mighty Denver Broncos, 39-33 on Sunday Night Football behind three touchdown passes
|Andrew Luck and the Colts topped Peyton Manning and the Broncos.|
The win improved Indy to 5-2 as Peyton Manning's return to play the team he led to a Super Bowl title seven years ago was spoiled.
The Broncos (6-1) lost for the first time this season as well as seeing their 17-game regular season winning streak end, dating back to last year.
Manning threw for 386 yards and three touchdowns along with one interception in the loss. The Colts defense also sacked Manning four times. Meanwhile, Colts' QB Andrew Luck, the Heftyinfo NFL Player of the Week, passed for 228 yards with the three TD passes and one running touchdown to lead the win.
There were other games played on Sunday around the NFL, and none more exciting than the Washington Redskins 45-41 home field win against the Chicago Bears.
Redskins' running back Roy Helu, Jr. scored three rushing touchdowns while linebacker Brian Orakpo returned an interception 29 yards for a score and Robert Griffin III threw for two touchdowns and 298 yards while also rushing for 84 yards to help pace the win.
It was a back and forth game that saw the 'Skins take the lead for good when Helu scored from three yards out with just 45 seconds left in the game.
Bears running back Matt Forte' ran for 91 yards and scored two touchdowns in the loss while Devin Hester took a punt back 81 yards for a score, which was his 19th career kick return for a score, tying him for first place all-time with Hall-of-Famer Deion Sanders.
The Bears lost starting QB Jay Cutler for at least four weeks with a severe groin injury in the second quarter as well as linebacker Lance Briggs for at least four to six weeks with a shoulder injury.
The New York Jets surprised the New England Patriots by winning 30-27 in OT as kicker Nick Folk made a 42-yard field goal following an earlier missed 56-yard attempt that was negated by a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty against the Patriots.
Jets' rookie QB Geno Smith overcame a pick six interception with a TD pass and rushing score as well to lead his team back from an 11-point halftime deficit. In the second half, the Jets outscored New England 17-6, including a pick six INT of their own against Tom Brady, who was held without a TD pass for the second time in the last three games.
The Kansas City Chiefs (7-0) remained the NFL's only undefeated team with a 17-16 home victory against the fading Houston Texans, who lost their fifth straight game to fall to 2-5. Kansas City QB Alex Smith and RB Jamaal Charles each scored a rushing TD and the defense recorded five more QB sacks to lead the way.
The Green Bay Packers (4-2) won their third game in a row as QB Aaron Rodgers had three TD passes in a 31-13 rout of the Cleveland Browns at Lambeau Field. Packers' tight end Jermichael Finley was lost to a severe neck injury in the game.
The Cincinnati Bengals (5-2) won 27-24 on the road against the Detroit Lions as kicker Mike Nugent nailed a 54-yard field goal at the buzzer to win it. Bengals' QB Andy Dalton had a big game with three TD strikes and 372 passing yards. Lions' QB Matthew Stafford threw for 357 yards and three scores in the loss, which knocked the Lions (4-3) out of first place in the NFC North.
Elsewhere around the NFL . . . .
Frank Gore scored two rushing touchdowns and the San Francisco 49ers toppled the host Tennessee Titans, 31-17 for their fourth straight win . . . Shaun Suisham kicked a 42-yard field goal as time expired to lift the host Pittsburgh Steelers to a 19-16 victory over the Baltimore Ravens . . . The Buffalo Bills outlasted the Miami Dolphins on the road, 23-21 as the defense scored a touchdown and former Miami kicker Dan Carpenter made three field goals, including the game winner from 31 yards out with 33 seconds remaining . . . The host Atlanta Falcons (2-4) snapped a three-game skid with a 31-23 win against the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers as QB Matt Ryan had three TD passes to go with 273 passing yards . . . Carolina won at home 30-15 over the St. Louis Rams, who lost their starting QB Sam Bradford for the rest of the season with a knee injury . . . The Seattle Seahawks (6-1) beat the Arizona Cardinals, 34-22 last Thursday night in the desert behind three TD passes from QB Russell Wilson and 91 rushing yards and a touchdown from RB Marshawn Lynch . . . The Dallas Cowboys (4-3) topped the host Philadelphia Eagles, 17-3 in a yawner to take over first place in the NFC East . . . The San Diego Chargers (4-3) won 24-6 at Jacksonville (0-7) behind a touchdown pass from QB Philip Rivers and touchdown runs by Danny Woodhead and Ryan Mathews, who had 110 yards rushing in the win . . . The New York Giants won their first game of the season with a 23-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night as QB Eli Manning threw for a touchdown, RB Peyton Hillis ran for another and kicker Josh Brown made three field goals.