Colts spoil Peyton Manning's homecoming
APINDIANAPOLIS -- Andrew Luck threw for three touchdowns and ran for another Sunday night, outplaying predecessor Peyton Manning in a 39-33 victory over the previously unbeaten Denver Broncos.
October 22, 2013, 12:06 am TWN
The victory ended the Broncos' 17-game regular-season winning streak in the first game Manning played against his former team since being released in March 2012.
Manning finished 29 of 49 for 386 yards with three TDs and one interception. He was sacked four times and tried desperately to rally the Broncos late.
But the Colts took advantage of his and Denver's uncharacteristic mistakes.
Luck converted an early fumble into a TD pass. Indy got nine points out of a second-quarter strip sack, and Luck scored on a 10-yard run in the third quarter, a drive helped by a series of defensive penalties. When the Broncos finally had a chance to level it, Manning was intercepted.
The Kansas City Chiefs retained their unbeaten record, just, with Jamaal Charles running for 86 yards and a touchdown and Alex Smith also scoring in a 17-16 win over the Houston Texans.
The Chiefs were forced to punt the ball to Houston with 1:46 left in the game. But after Case Keenum threw an incompletion on first down, the young quarterback was stripped by linebacker Tamba Hali at his 2. Derrick Johnson recovered the fumble for the Chiefs.
Smith simply kneeled from there as time ran out, allowing Kansas City to extend its winning stretch to seven games — the second-best start in franchise history.
The Jets completed a contentious 30-27 win over division rival New England Patriots when Nick Folk kicked a 42-yard field goal with 5:07 left in overtime. Folk got a second chance after he missed a 56-yarder moments earlier. But Chris Jones was called for unsportsmanlike conduct for pushing a teammate forward to try to block the kick, a new NFL rule.
New York, given new life, ran the ball three times to set up Folk's winner.