The first round continues today with a pair of non-conference games, one of which was an outstanding Offensive explosion, while the other had more significance off-the-field than on it. Some info on both games:
(8) 2003 at Saints
A homecoming of sorts for Peyton Manning, as he played in his hometown of New Orleans for the first time as a professional, and he put on a show. Manning was 20-25, 317 yards and 6 TDs, three of which to Marvin Harrison (6-158), on their way to a 55-21 shellacking of the Saints on Sunday night football (spread was only Colts -1.5). The 7th TD was a strip-sack from Dwight Freeney to cap the game off.
(9) 2005 vs. Cardinals
While the outcome of this game was very meaningless to the standings (the Colts had wrapped up home-field advantage with three games left), this Week 17 win meant a whole lot more off the football field. The Colts had lost two straight after starting the season 13-0, and Head Coach Tony Dungy tragically lost his son James just a week prior, rendering a Week 16 game in Seattle a glorified walk-through. But the Colts didn't let them play an inspired game at home in Week 17 against the Cardinals, a game won essentially with the Colts 2nd team, the arm of Jim Sorgi, and a late goal-line stand by the Colts defense, aided by a replay reversal from Ron Winter (!?!). It didn't matter much two weeks later, unfortunately.
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Results from last match-up: '09 Jets AFCCG 276, '13 Texans (H) 44