Peyton Manning spent 14 seasons playing in Indianapolis for the Colts. Sunday night he returned as a member of the Denver Broncos.
On Sunday night the Colts made a message clear to Manning. This is not your home anymore.
Two years ago the Colts made the decision to move on from Manning when they drafted Andrew Luck with the first overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
One of the crucial points of the game came in the second when the Colts knocked the ball loose from Manning and scored a safety. The Colts would get the ball back and promptly put it right back in the endzone when Luck found Stanley Havili on a 20-yard pass.
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At halftime the Colts held a 26-14 lead and found ways to keep Manning at bay early in the third quarter.
The statline will show that Manning was 29-of-49 for 386 yards and three touchdowns and one interception but the game was hardly that close throughout as the Colts held a 19 point lead entering the fourth quarter. Manning found Demaryius Thomas for a 31 yard strike culminating a 80 yard drive that took just 48 seconds. The Broncos would miss a two point conversion.
A fumble by Colts running back Trent Richardson deep on their side of the field set up a chance for Manning to pull off one of his classic comebacks. Knowshon Moreno would find the endzone cutting the Colts lead to six.
On the ensuing Colts possession they lost wide receiver Reggie Wayne to a knee injury. Luck under-threw Wayne on what could have been a walk in touchdown on a 3rd and 1 play.
After the Colts punted Manning would throw an interception allowing the Colts to extend the lead back to nine. Denver would get within yards of the endzone when Ronnie Hillman fumbled giving the Colts the ball back.
The Colts, benefitting by a personal foul by Kevin Vickerson, were able to able to bleed the clock to the two-minute warning before punting. Manning would get just under two minutes to score nine points with no timeouts. Matt Prater kicked a field goal to cut the lead to six as the Broncos attempted a onside kick. Praters kick failed and Luck kneeled down to end the game.
With the win on Sunday the Colts knocked off an unbeaten Broncos team leaving only Kansas City at 7-0. The Colts moved to 5-2 with the win and now have wins over the Broncos, San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks on their resume this year.