After the Denver defense was a major contributing factor to the undefeated season, the Denver Broncos came away losing 27-24 to Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts Sunday. November came in with a bang for the Denver Broncos as they manhandled the Green Bay Packers November 1st. One week later, Peyton Manning and the offense had a much slower start, but the second half they were starting to look like the Denver Broncos that everybody loves. But in the end, the Broncos defense had their most embarrassing style of football and could not stop the Colts in Lucas Oil Stadium.
Omar Bolden put the Denver Broncos on the scoreboard just before the end of the first half with an 83 yard punt return. But the second half, Peyton Manning hit Emmanuel Sanders for a 64 yard touchdown. Brandon McManus kick on the PAT was good. The Denver Broncos now had a new energy and the Indianapolis Colts were looking at a whole new team. In fact, the Denver Broncos scored again in the third quarter on a 29 yard field goal from Brandon McManus and the Indianapolis Colts found themselves shut out in the third.
With the game tied at 17-17 in the fourth quarter, Andrew Luck turned on his luck and helped his team break a 17-17 tie with a TD pass early in the fourth quarter. Andrew Luck hit Ahmad Bradshaw for an 8 yard touchdown and now the table was starting to turn on the Denver Broncos again.
Peyton Manning took the Broncos down the field and capped it off with a 1 yard touchdown pass to Brandon McManus. But this is where it ended for the Denver Broncos. With the game tied 24-24 and Indianapolis moving the ball, the defense stepped up and stopped the Luck of the Colts and they had to settle for a field goal. Once again, Adam Vinatieri was on target and hit from 55 yards out. On their next possession, Peyton Manning threw an interception and it was time for the defense to do what they have been doing all year and shut down the offense. But instead, the defense looked like something out of a bad nightmare. The defense self-destructed and went into shut-down mode and could not stop the offense, had unbelievable penalties and lost all composure.
Andrew Luck and company were frustrating the defense as they could not stop the runner. Andrew hit receivers for positive gains. As the frustration mounted, at 2:38 left in the game Von Miller got into a shoving match with Indianapolis Colts Dwayne Adams. Denver’s Aquib Talib comes over to add his ridiculous $.02 worth and poked Adams in the eye. We will have to wait and see if the NFL reviews this move by Talib and decides to fine him. After a 15 yard penalty, the Colts are now breathing new life into their game plan and once again start moving the ball. But the Broncos defense stands up to the challenge and stop the Colts who once again have to settle for a field goal and give the Denver Broncos a chance to show the offense can win the big one.
This dream is cut short as the Denver defense is called for a holding call on the field goal attempt and now the Colts have the ball again and a new set of downs. Andrew Luck once again puts the reins on the Broncos as he just has to kneel down and kill the clock.
The Indianapolis Colts ended a three-game losing streak and stayed atop the AFC South as Andrew Luck went 21 of 36 passes for 252 yards and two touchdown passes while Peyton Manning was 21 of 36 for 281 yards with two TDs and two interceptions. Peyton Manning had the chance to break Brett Favre’s record for regular season wins (186) by a quarterback and fell 3 yards short of becoming the NFL’s career passing leader.