Broncos lose to Colts 39-33 in Manning's return to Indy

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Andrew Luck threw for three touchdowns and ran for another Sunday night, outplaying predecessor Peyton Manning in a 39-33 victory over the previously unbeaten Denver Broncos.

The victory ended the Broncos' 17-game regular-season winning streak in the first game Manning played against his former team since being released in March 2012.

Manning finished 29 of 49 for 386 yards with three TDs and one interception. He was sacked four times and tried desperately to rally the Broncos (6-1) late.

But the Colts (5-2) took advantage of his and Denver's uncharacteristic mistakes.

Luck converted an early fumble into a TD pass. Indy got nine points out of a second-quarter strip sack, and Luck scored on a 10-yard run in the third quarter, a drive helped by a series of defensive penalties. When the Broncos finally had a chance to tie it, Manning was intercepted.

Indianapolis has not lost consecutive games under Luck.
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- If Peyton Manning wanted a preview of what retirement might look and feel like, the Indianapolis Colts gave him a brief glimpse Sunday night.

The player who brought the city a Super Bowl and more during his 14 years here took the field with his new Denver teammates some 10 minutes before kickoff.

What began as boos for the Broncos quickly turned to cheers once Manning was spotted coming out of the tunnel. The crowd rose to its feet inside Lucas Oil Stadium -- built in no small part thanks to Manning's contributions to the Colts' franchise -- and stayed on its feet, applauding for much of a 90-second highlight reel of Manning's career in Indianapolis.

The 37-year-old quarterback acknowledged the cheers while standing along the visitors' sideline. He took off his helmet and turned to face the different sections, grinning sheepishly and waving on occasion.

Manning was treated to one other pregame cheer when he popped up on the stadium's giant video board during the national anthem.

There were concerns that the Colts, who drafted Manning in 1998, might give him too lavish a welcome back, the kind of tribute usually reserved for departing hometown heroes rather than opposing quarterbacks. But some of the warmth came off the reception when Indianapolis owner Jim Irsay suggested in an interview last week that for all the winning Manning's tenure included -- the Colts won eight division titles and two AFC crowns -- there should have been more than one Super Bowl.

Some in the crowd appeared to have moved on as well. For the all No. 18 Manning Colts jerseys pulled out of mothballs, there were plenty of fans backing his successor, Andrew Luck, with No. 12 jerseys. And then there were the signs:

"I'd rather have a young Colt than an old Bronco," read one.

"12 is the new 18," read another.

Marvin Harrison, Edgerrin James and Jeff Saturday, three of Manning's former teammates and key offensive contributors, also got rousing welcomes during pregame introductions.


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