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Indianapolis Colts VS Washington Redskins at the RCA Domes October 10, 2006 Colts win 36 to 22

Game 7

 October 10, 2006
















Date: 10/22/2006
Washington Redskins At Indianapolis Colts 
at RCA Dome
Start Time: 4:15 PM EST

Game Day Weather
Played Indoor on Turf: FieldTurf
Outdoor Weather: Overcast, Windy, 45 Degrees

Referee: Scott Green (19)
Line Judge: Ron Marinucci (107)
Field Judge: Tom Sifferman (118)Umpire: Scott Dawson (70)
Side Judge: Larry Rose (128)
Replay Official: Larry Hill Head Linesman: Tony Veteri (36)
Back Judge: Lee Dyer (27)

Edgerrin who?

The longest run of his brief NFL career was a can't-miss. Indianapolis Colts rookie running back Joseph Addai burst into the open field broke a couple of arm tackles and gained 21 yards on the second play of the third quarter.

in top form: Colts running back Joseph Addai (29) breaks the tackle of Washington's Troy Vincent in the third quarter. Addai rushed for 85 yards on 11 carries, a 7.7 average.

But it was the next play that also underscored what Addai is about and kept the Colts driving to a go-ahead touchdown in Sunday's 36-22 home triumph over Washington. Addai may have been the only player on the field who saw a hole on the left side. Seemingly swallowed up in the scrum of linemen, the rookie slithered through for 9 yards.

Addai had his best game as a pro with 85 yards on just 11 carries. It's the third time in six games he has run for at least 80 yards. His previous best was 84 yards against the New York Jets. He did that on 20 carries.

If he wasn't in a platoon situation with Dominic Rhodes, Addai would have his share of 100-yard rushing efforts.

Addai became the team's leading rusher for the season. He has 354 yards on 70 carries, a 5.1-yard average.

As for Edgerrin James, who found money but not happiness in the desert - he's missing the Colts a lot more than the Colts are missing him.

Manning was bent backward and twisted sharply. His helmet was knocked off and his head slammed into the turf with such force that bits of granulized rubber from the FieldTurf embedded in his forehead.

Matt Detrich
Colts quarterback Peyton Manning is bent backwards by the Redskins Phillip Daniels (93) and Andre Carter (99) in the second quarter.

Sam Riche

Peyton Manning is sandwiched by the Redskins Phillip Daniels and Andre Carter (99) in the second quarter.

Matt Detrich

Colts QB Peyton Manning goes head first into the turf after being sandwiched by the Redskins Phillip Daniels (93) and Andre Carter (99) in the second quarter.

The agony . . . 
Colts quarterback Peyton Manning (left) gets to his knees after being hit low by the Redskins' Andre Carter and high by Phillip Daniels after a second-quarter incompletion. - Sam Riche / The Star

Manning ended up leaving the field a few minutes before halftime for a quick medical check. He had been hit hard, and he came back like he was angry. Though he was battered, Manning let his performance show the Redskins he was not shaken as Peyton and The Colts knocked out the Washington Redskins when Manning hit 7 of 8 passes for 138 yards and three touchdowns in the third quarter that ignited a 36-22 Indianapolis Colts victory over the Washington Redskins.

Perfect Peyton finished with a passer rating of 140.4 and helped the Colts keep their title as the AFC's only unbeaten team.

Manning finished 25 of 35 with four touchdowns and continued ascending the NFL's career charts. The Colts won for the 18th time in their past 20 home games. His 14th four-touchdown game moved him to fourth on the NFL career list behind some extraordinarily distinguished names:

Dan Marino (21)
Bart Starr (19)
John Unitas (17).

Manning now has 256 career touchdown passes, passing Dan Fouts (254) and Sonny Jurgensen (255) for 10th on the all-time list in NFL history; and he passed Jim Hart (34,665) for 14th on the career yardage list.

Manning has started the first 134 games of his career, an NFL record for quarterbacks.

Receiver Reggie Wayne caught seven passes for 122 yards and one TD, while Marvin Harrison caught seven passes for 73 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He passed Irving Fryar (12,785) for eighth on the all-time yards receiving list, and tied Lenny Moore's (113) franchise record for most touchdowns scored and ninth most in NFL history.

Marvin Harrison moved into the No. 8 spot in NFL career receiving yards Sunday against Washington.

The list:



1. Jerry Rice


2. Tim Brown


3. James Lofton


4. Cris Carter


5. Henry Ellard


6. Andre Reed


7. Steve Largent


8. Marvin Harrison


9. Irving Fryar


10. Art Monk


The Indianapolis Colts' defense also had an answer for Washington, tightening up its work against the run and stifling quarterback Mark Brunell and the Redskins' offense for much of the second half in a 36-22 victory.

A Colts defense that ranked No. 32 against the run (that's last in the NFL) limited the Redskins to 114 yards on 24 carries. That's 52 yards less than the Colts' average rushing yards allowed.

Not bad considering the Colts had to make a last-minute change in their defensive line rotation.
As the team was about to hit the field for pregame warm-ups, coach Tony Dungy informed the team that Reagor, its starting tackle, had been involved in a car accident earlier in the day.

The wreck happened a few hours before the team's 4:15 p.m. home game against the Washington Redskins. The crash occurred about 1:30 p.m., near West 56th Street and I-465 near the Colts training facility, and caused Reagor's silver 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe to roll over, according to the Indiana State Police.

The preliminary investigation shows Reagor, 29, Indianapolis, was eastbound on 56th nearing the I-465 interchange.

His SUV was near the southbound ramp on 56th when a gray 2000 Chevrolet Malibu driven by Wuya McCarthy, 24, Indianapolis, hit the driver's side of the Tahoe, causing it to roll over. McCarthy, was cited for failure to yield right of way.

Reagor, who was not wearing a seat belt, suffered facial cuts and was resting comfortably at Methodist Hospital, according to a team statement. The Colts said two team physicians accompanied Reagor.

Reagor is scheduled for surgery Wednesday. The surgery was to repair a fracture of the orbital bone around Reagor's left eye.

Newcomer Anthony McFarland, who replaced Reagor in the starting lineup, stuffed the Redskins' first two runs and negated Washington's ground game as Portis managed only 43 yards on 12 carries. He made one of his tackles on the first play of the game, wrapping up Washington running back Clinton Portis in a bearhug, stopping him for no gain.

The Colts acquired Anthony "Booger'' McFarland on Tuesday. The price of obtaining the 6-0, 300-pound defensive tackle was steep - a second-round pick in the 2007 draft. McFarland, 28, was the 15th overall pick in the 1999 draft by the Bucs, Dungy's fourth season as their coach. He has appeared in 98 games, 84 as a starter, and collected 305 tackles and 20 sacks. McFarland started all five games this season.



1st Quarter

Washington wins toss and elects to receive, and Colts elects to defend the East goal.

1st and 10 and Washington running back, Clinton Portis tries to go up the middle as McFarland wraps him up in a bear hug, stopping him for no gain. On 2nd and 10 Portis tries again to the right this time as Gardner brings him back for a loss of 3 yards. Washington's QB, Brunell then threw a 11 yard completion, however was not enough for a 1st down as Redskins are forced to punt.

Colts ball as Rhodes runs it for 3 yards and then Peyton hit Reggie Wayne for 10 on the next play. 1st and 10 and Peyton fires it to Utecht for a gain of 14. Rhodes got nowhere on the next play yet hit Wayne for a gain of 11 on the following play. Another 1st and 10 as Rhodes run up the left side for 3 yards and then hit Utecht for 1 10 yard gain - another 1st and 10. Peyton then threw deep to Dallas Clark for 40 yards putting them on the Redskins 1 yard line to find Dallas Clark again 3 plays later in the end zone putting Colts on the scoreboard first 7 - 0 with nearly seven minutes left for the only points scored in the first quarter.

Sam Riche
Colts TE Dallas Clark hauls in a touchdown pass from Peyton Manning in the first quarter.

On Washington's next possession they moved the chains three time to only end up having to punt it away!

Sadly, the Colts went 3 and out to having to punt themselves.

With less than a minute in the first quarter, Redskins moved the ball 27 yards on three plays ending up on Colts 18 yard line to take into the second quarter . . .

2nd quarter

Redskins continue their drive . . .

Backwards, as Cato June and Gilbert Gardner dropped Portis for a loss of 6 yards on the first play of the 2nd quarter and then Freeney sacked Brunell for a loss of 13 . . .

Robert Scheer
Colts DE Dwight Freeney (93) sacks Redskins QB Mark Brunell in the second quarter.

. . . except instead of getting the sack, 
Freeney was hit with a personal foul for pulling Brunell's face mask on the play.  "Oh, no," Freeney said, shaking his head. "He called 'roughing the passer.' How can you call roughing the passer when the guy's still got the ball? Roughing the passer, I don't get the sack. C'mon, just call it what it was: a facemask. I got him by the facemask. I admit it."

12 yards, enforced at Colts 24 - No Play. Redskins at the Indianapolis 12 yard line as Portis is dropped again for a loss of 1 yard by Cato June. Next play, Brunell throws incomplete before he finds tightened, Chris Cooley in the endzone
 to tie the game 7 - 7.

Colts then turned around and used 10 plays to go 61 yards of which Rookie running back, Joseph Addai accounted for 37 of them and then capped it off with newcomer Adam Vinatieri kicking a 30 yard field goal
making the score Colts - 10 and Redskins - 7.

On Washington's next series, they moved down the field for 83 yards before Brunell is sacked by Robert Mathis and fumbles, however it is recovered by Brunell at the Colts 16 yard line. However, the ball got moved back to the Colts 31 yard line after an Unnecessary Roughness penalty was called and 15 yards enforced on Santana Moss.

4th and 30, Washington tries for a 49 yard field goal as Nick Novak hits the left uptight and falls NO GOOD!

Unfortunately, on Colts next series they went 3 and out and were forced to punt as Hunter Smith boots it 41 yards and Randle El returns it for 87 yards and a touchdown putting Redskins on top 14 to Colts 10. In relation, Randle El is charged with unsportsmanlike conduct and 14 yards is enforced between downs. To top it off, Redskins kickoff for it to be called back as Redskins, Sean Taylor is called for offside, backed with Derrick Frost being called for unsportsmanlike conduct.

On Colts next series, Peyton threw incomplete on their first play and then hit Fletcher for a gain of 7 just before former Colts, Marcus Washington is charged 15 yards for roughing the passer. Peyton then moved the Colts down to the Redskins 1 yard line, however could not prevail to get into the endzone, after Manning's one-yard touchdown pass to Harrison was reversed upon official review as the wide receiver failed to get both feet in the end zone. Colts then turned it over to Vinatieri for a 19 yard field goal to make it Redskins - 14 and Colts 13.

With 8 seconds left in the first half, Redskins run 1 play with Portis for no gain.


3rd Quarter

Trailing by a point at halftime, the Colts blew the game open in the third quarter, scoring on their opening three drives. First, Manning led the Colts on a four-play, 55-yard drive with Addai running for 30 of them before Peyton found Harrison for a four-yard touchdown with a tick under 13 minutes left for a Colts 20-14 lead.

After the Redskins were forced to punt, Manning found Wayne for a 51-yard touchdown on the fourth play of the drive.


got it: Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne (87) hauls in a 51-yard touchdown reception in front of two pursuing Redskins last Sunday.

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne celebrates a 51-yard touchdown catch during the third quarter of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Indianapolis, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2006. Indianapolis won 36-22. (AP Photo/Tom Strattman)

The Colts led 27-14 with 8:11 left.

The Redskins ran their series 42 yards into the 4th quarter, but not before Brunell was sacked by Josh Thomas for a loss of 8 yards.

Sam Riche / The Star
Filling in: Colts defensive lineman Josh Thomas (91) reacts after sacking Redskins quarterback Mark Brunell. Thomas had two tackles in addition to the sack, his first of the year.

4th Quarter

Redskins at The Colts 17 yard line, 4th down and 5 to go, Washington opts to kick a field goal as Novak mimics Mike Vanderjagt and sails it wide left, NO GOOD!

On Colts next drive, Adam Vinatieri nailed a 47-yard field goal with 4:41 left to end a 10-play, 46-yard drive that chewed up nearly five minutes and the score is now, Colts 36 - Redskins 14.

Washington added a score in the final minute when James Thrash caught a five- yard touchdown pass with 18 seconds on the clock for the final margin. Redskins topped the score off with a 2 point conversion ending the  final score,
Colts - 36 and Redskins - 22.

Notes and Milestones:

Manning passed Jim Hart for 14th on the career yardage list. Manning has 34,809 career yards; Hart had 34,665.

With four touchdown passes, quarterback Peyton Manning moved into 10th place in NFL history with 256. He passed Dan Fouts (254) and Sonny Jurgensen (255). It marked the 14th time in Manning's career he passed for at least four touchdowns in a game, the fourth-most in NFL history behind Dan Marino (21), Brett Favre (19) and John Unitas (17).

Marvin Harrison's two touchdown catches increased his career total to 113, tying Lenny Moore's club record for total touchdowns.

Harrison passed Irving Fryar for eighth on the career yardage chart. Harrison has 12,846 yards; Fryar had 12,785.

Coach Tony Dungy was presented the Pro Football Writers of America's George Halas Award prior to Sunday's game. The award recognizes a player or coach who has performed despite injury or personal problems off the field.
Dungy's eldest son, James, committed suicide last December.

Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri returned after missing three games with a strained groin. He converted 30-, 19- and 47-yard field goals and is 10-for-10 on the season

Linebacker Cato June was credited with a season-high 15 tackles.

Colts safety Mike Doss sprained a knee and will need an MRI exam. Doss will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a torn ACL in his right knee on Sunday.

Indianapolis defensive tackle Montae Reagor was involved in a car accident on his way to the game and suffered facial lacerations. He was treated at Methodist Hospital. Anthony McFarland started in his place

The Colts lead the all-time series with the Redskins, 18-10, but were 26-21 road losers when the teams last met in 2002. Indianapolis prevailed by a 24-21 count when the teams last did battle at the RCA Dome, in 1999. Washington's most recent win in Indianapolis came in 1994.

The Colts are just the ninth team in NFL history to start a season 6-0 in consecutive seasons.

The short list:





St. Louis






L.A. Rams


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