Manning sets Colts record

The Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning threw for a new franchise record of 440 yards as Jacksonville Jaguars were crushed 43-14 at a sell-out RCA Dome on Monday night. Manning beat his own mark of 404 yards set a year ago against the San Diego Chargers, while he also became the first Colts quarterback to complete four touchdown passes since Jim Harbaugh in 1997. Manning set the tone on the third play of Indianapolis' first drive when he completed a 76-yard scoring pass to Marvin Harrison - the longest touchdown reception of his six-season career.

The Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning threw for a new franchise record of 440 yards as Jacksonville Jaguars were crushed 43-14 at a sell-out RCA Dome on Monday night. Manning beat his own mark of 404 yards set a year ago against the San Diego Chargers, while he also became the first Colts quarterback to complete four touchdown passes since Jim Harbaugh in 1997. Manning set the tone on the third play of Indianapolis' first drive when he completed a 76-yard scoring pass to Marvin Harrison - the longest touchdown reception of his six-season career.

Jacksonville levelled midway through the second quarter, but Jimmy Smith's nine-yard catch was shrouded in controversy as he was initially ruled out of bounds. Tom Coughlan, the Jaguars head coach, challenged the call and after a review, the referee Mike Carey allowed the play to stand. But last season's AFC East champions soon took a 21-7 lead, sparked by Mike Peterson's interception of Mark Brunell.

Manning wasted no time in firing the Colts back in front as he found the wide receiver Terrence Wilkins from 27 yards. Soon after, Manning engineered a four-play, 72-yard drive in just 73 seconds, culminating in a third touchdown pass of the night of 16 yards to Jerome Pathon. However, 77 seconds and seven plays later Brunell, swiftly showing his prowess, combined with Smith for the second time - from 26 yards - to reduce the deficit to seven points at the interval.

On the Colts' second drive of the third quarter the referee Carey ruled Edgerrin James was not in control of the ball in hauling in a 23-yard pass from Manning when replays in the Dome appeared conclusive. Donovin Darius seemed to knock the ball out of James' hands, but, after another review, the initial call stood and the Colts had to settle for a 41-yard field goal.

If Jacksonville thought they had escaped, they then lost the momentum when Brunell was sacked in his own end zone by Chad Bratzke for a two-point safety and a 26-14 lead. Mike Vanderjagt added a second field goal from 22 yards early in the fourth, and then Manning set his new record in finding tight end Ken Dilger from five yards. James completed the rout with a five-yard run.

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