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Even though it was well over 100 degrees on the field, it wasn't a day at the beach for Manning or the Colts.They worked for every yard and every point they got.
Even though the bumps and bruises aren't as painful when you win, I am sure Mr. Manning will spend some time in the training room recovering from this game.
He was harassed and was hit at least five times, and hurried several passes due to the pass rush and the down field Bronco coverage. He wasn't sacked but you could see the frustration on his face from time to time, and saw him get in the face of his offensive linemen on some missed assignments.
But with all that harassment and physical pounding, his statistical line was 27-for-43 on 325 yards, zero INT, three TDs, and a passer rating of 109.2.
Oh, and he did this with only two of his starting WRs, as his No. 3, Pierre Garcon was inactive. But not to worry, his replacement, rookie Blair White, starting his first game as a professional, had three catches and a TD.
And then there was WR Austin Collie, who played like a thoroughbred, be it a dog or a horse. Finishing the game with 171 yards on 12 receptions, and two TDs. Woof Woof!
Not a bad day's work